Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa - The Lost Prince is the balm that calmed my Iron Series itch

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)

by Julie Kagawa 

PUBLICATION DATE: October 23, 2012
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen

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’s 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 myths 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 name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday

The Lost Prince is the balm that calmed my Iron Series itch. How I have missed that series! Julie Kagawa had produced one of my favorite series of all time with The Iron King, but I had felt there were too many questions left unanswered. We start getting a few answers with the first book of this new spin off series.

Who knew the adorable little Ethan would grow up to be such a hard core, ripped tough guy? Hounded by his past, troubled by his present and apprehensive of his future, he puts a new face to the definition of brooding. We find Ethan entering yet another high school after an unfortunate encounter with the Fae that left his old school library torched. Ethan feels he needs to keep everyone at arm’s length and puts on an extra tough exterior. Enter Kenzie. Her fierce determination chips away at Ethan’s resolve to remain alone. I loved her quirkiness and funk and felt she is going to really enrich the series.

A few of the aspects to Julie’s writing that I love the most are her multifaceted characters, vivid prose and twisting plot lines. The Lost Prince is no exception. I found a strong attachment to the rich ensemble cast. Julie’s series have numerous strong interweaving plot lines that leave you guessing the outcome right up to the last page. Teeth grinding cliffhangers are another one of her specialties.

There is one minor disappointment to this book, and I feel almost disloyal to voice my concern. However I must review with complete honesty and transparency. The four main characters felt like loose carbon copies to Meghan, Puck, Ash and Ariella. Along with strikingly similar plot lines and situations to The Iron King, I felt this book was not living up to its potential. There were brief appearances from Meghan, Ash and Puck that I felt could have been more developed and lengthened. That being said, the emotional attachment was strong, the speed and flow was attention grabbing and there were several cliffhangers that signify book number two should be fantastic.

Humor, wit and vivid imagery are Julie’s top strengths and she really delivered. The Lost Prince left me intrigued and anxiously awaiting book two. As an avid Ash fan, I personally hope to see more from him. Julie hints at more interaction between Meghan and Ethan, which promises for great drama.

I found Kenzie to be the most bewitching. Julie leaves her story line so completely twisted we’re left full of questions. Kiernan (son of Meghan and Ash) has yet to be fleshed out, but we already have a great taste of what a magnificent personality he has. Personally, I can’t wait to see how he develops.

Socially, we find a couple of the same themes from the Iron King series, but Julie introduces a stronger half-blood plot line. Several fascinating new villains have been introduced and old favorites such as Grim and Razor round out the cast. The scene has been set for a dramatic book two. I highly recommend The Lost Prince to all fantasy fans and give it 4.5 stars. If you have not read The Iron King series then I suggest you read the first book (The Iron King), as it will fill in most of the gaps for you.

Even with the few issues I had, Julie rises to the occasion and delivers yet another engrossing and arresting novel. Let’s bring on book two!