Monday, November 19, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa Review (Spoiler Alert!)

Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Age Group: Teen
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Iron Fey, book five
Star Rating: 5 out of 5
The bottom line: I love this novel and would recommend this series as a whole to fans of Melissa Marr and Lesley Livingston.

'My name is Ethan Chase, and I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.' So The Lost Prince begins. (Note: This is the beginning of The Iron Fey's spinoff series, Call of the Forgotten, so I would suggest reading those first. You can find the reading list on the author's website.) Ethan Chase, first seen in The Iron King at four years old, abducted by the fey as bait for his sixteen year old sister Meghan, is now seventeen, and unfortunately gifted with the Sight.

Angry, left alone by a sister he now has to pretend is deceased, and sick of being harassed by the Fair Folk, Ethan walks through life acting mean and angry so as not to get anyone close to him hurt, much in the same way his sister left the mortal world. All is normal (for him, anyway) until he is encountered by a girl named Kenzie Saint James, and a strange fey who appears to him, warning him to stay out of fairie affairs.

Suddenly, Ethan Chase's already unbelievable life spins out of control, and he finds himself thrust into the very world that haunts him when the lights go out. Drawn reluctantly into the world his sister left their family for, he meets Grimalkin, a fey cat, and Kierran--who also turns out to be one of his few connections to his distant sister, now a queen in the Iron Kingdom. He makes his way through the Nevernever, trying to stop dark forces that even he doesn't know about. Overall, I loved this novel and it is a worthy addition to the enjoyable diversion that is The Iron Fey series. I would recommend this to every person who's always wondered what the Fair Folk are like. (However, as I said above, it's recommended to read the others first. The first ones are just as good as this one. My personal favorite in the series is The Iron Knight.)

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