Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince 

(The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)
by Julie Kagawa
Expected Publication Date:  October 23, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequinn Teen
Source:  Publisher/Netgalley

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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.

My Thoughts:  After Ethan Chase's sister Megan left and made her home in the Iron Realm, Ethan has spent his time figuring out how to stay away from it.  He wants nothing to do with the Iron Realm or the Fey.  He has rules he lives by, the most important being to avoid them and never let them know you are there.  Ethan has been able to see the Fey ever since he can remember.  To Ethan, they are nothing but trouble and have terrorized him his whole life, causing him to get into trouble time after time.  He finds himself at a new school, yet again, as a result of the havoc these fairies caused at his old one.  Ethan is 17 years old now, he's a loner and likes to keep to himself, keeping everyone at arms length, never getting close to anyone.  This has worked for Ethan, well at least until he met Kenzie, then his world kind of turned upside down.  When strange and threatening new beings begin to enter into Ethan's realm, and the magical beings living there begin to mysteriously disappear, Ethan must choose between his and Kenzie's safety, and going somewhere he swore he never would.  He winds up finding himself in the middle of an adventure that will change things forever.  

I love fantasy, so I was excited to be able to read The Lost Prince, which is the first book in The Call of the Forgotten Series.  Some of the characters from the Iron Fey books, make an appearance in this novel, and there are also quite a few new characters.  I must say that I read The Lost Prince before the Iron Fey books, and I absolutely loved it.  I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not reading the Iron Fey Series first, but, of course, I immediately went out and bought the entire Iron Fey Series because I was dying to read more.  However, it was not something that required reading the previous books to enjoy, and I really did enjoy it.  I liked Ethan, and he proved to be a very strong male lead in this story.  He was kind of hard, but I understood where he was coming from.  He was really hot to, even though he didn't seem to know it.  He has the whole bad boy thing going on, and I love bad boys.  The other characters in the book were great and so fun to get to know.  You can read a little bit about them below.  The story is filled with magic, adventure, some danger, and some really sweet romance.  All you Iron Fey Series fans are definitely going to want to read this book.  Julie Kagawa has done an outstanding job in providing readers with another epic fantasy to sink their teeth into.  If you are a fan of fantasy, fey, magic, adventure, a little danger, and romance, then this is one book you will want to check out.      

Check out the trailer for The Lost Prince

Meet the Characters from The Lost Prince (you can find even more at this website).

Meghan Chase’s dark haired, blue-eyed little brother has grown up—and grown angry. Cursed with the Sight, Ethan is constantly hounded by the fey. All Ethan wants is to be left alone. Bitter with Meghan for deserting their family, Ethan will resist being drawn back into the world of Faery to his last breath. Unfortunately, that won’t be enough to keep him from being a key player as a new, dangerous type of faery rises…

Don’t call her Mac! And don’t let Kenzie’s petite size fool you. The blue streak in her black hair shows her rebel side, and this aspiring reporter is courageous in defending anyone she cares about. Despite her warm brown eyes and carefree demeanor, Kenzie is hiding some dark secrets of her own. Secrets that may just throw Ethan for another loop

The beautiful fey boy with the silvery hair and ice-blue eyes takes after his parents more than he knows. Born of Summer, Winter and Iron, Keirran is considered a threat to the traditional Faery courts, even as a dark prophecy he is unaware of coils around him.

The banished Summer faery girl with the golden brown hair and green eyes knows she should stay away from Keirran, for she may be used as a pawn against him. Annwyl’s gentle ways show she is no fighter, but her quiet strength lies in the love she offers without strings.

These ghostly fey are a mystery to the courts of Faery. Ash and Puck might vaguely…remember…something about them from Ash’s journey to earn a soul. But the memory is elusive, somehow…forgotten. The courts will soon learn to forget at their own peril…

Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn't getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.


  1. I just read this a few days ago & really enjoyed it. I don't think I'll ever love it as much as The Iron Fey series, but it's a nice journey back into that world.

    Great review, Ellen. I'm glad you enjoyed The Lost Prince!

    1. Thanks. I am looking forward to reading the entire series.

  2. The Iron Fey series was the first series I've ever read that had to do with fairies, and I loved it so much! I'm not usually a fan of spin off series but I'm still going to read The Lost Prince anyways. :P Awesome review! :D

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

    1. Thank you. I'm looking forward to going back and reading it also.

  3. I read the first one in this series and have been meaning to finish it. I'll make it a priority for first thing next year!

    1. There are always so many books and so little time. I think by TBR list is about a mile long. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Darn, I was hoping to read this one by the time it came out but I haven't had time to read the Iron Fey series yet and I don't want to start backwards. I haven't had much success with Fey books, I never realized how dark and creepy they are. Hopefully I really like these as much as everyone else does.

    1. I hope to read the Iron Fey books over the holidays. I did it backwards, and The Lost Prince was great, but I am sure I will appreciate it even more when I read them.

  5. Thank you for that lovely comment on my review of this - I had to come find yours! This is a great post and an awesome review! We were definitely on the same page with this one ;) I have to admit, I'm a little giddy over you starting the Iron Fey series. Can't wait for your thoughts on those. Happy Reading!

    1. I'm excited to read them also. Wouldn't it be nice if that is all we had to do is read. Thanks for stopping by.


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