Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (# 5)
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Pages: 400
Source:  NetGalley

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

 

Review: I have been following this author from the beginning of this series. I was hesitant to put this book at #5 because it is more of a spin off of the original series. This original series was so good. I was always anxious to read the next one and I was so happy at the complete ending. When I found out she would expanding on the series, I was very hesitant to read it and it took me a little bit to give it a try. I AM SO GLAD I DID. I attempted to distance myself as much as possible from the original series and I think it made a huge difference. You do not need to have read the beginning books for this one. It will help you with little details and inside jokes, but I believe there is nothing crucial about the other books for this story.

The main character was a really strong voice. He was sure about who he was at the beginning of this book and it made for amazing character development. As the story progresses you could see him grow. His feelings, his experiences and the people he met made for a subtle but noticeable difference that is what I am always looking for. His love interest is great. She also knows who she is and is not afraid of it like some people their age. It makes sense for her backstory. She did not have as much growth but I think they set it up nicely for her to get there with this book. She is great.

The new problem in this story did not come out of nowhere. In the last stories it was hinted at but never really expanded on. I figured that it was something that was going to be remain a mystery and I was ok with that because it was a philosophical question like “what happens when we die?” that someone can’t explain unless they were there. However, it looks like she is going to attempt to tackle this question. I am interested in following the story and seeing what she comes up with.

For those that read the first in the series, there are cameos from everyone that you loved but they do not take over the story. They have a few essential conversations with them and they are necessary for the development but they are not traveling with the new main characters at all. I think this was a good choice. The story between Meg and Ash is over. Now things are happening around them and it is important that we know that.

Overall, I was VERY happy with this new start. I am waiting for her to answer the new questions and I want to see how the characters continue developing.