Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Shelf: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa

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.

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Review: (Warning, contains some minor spoilers!)

Julie Kagawa’s delicious storytelling is once more at its best with her latest enchanting tale that kicks off her new Iron Fey spinoff and takes us readers right back into the heart of The Iron Fey in the newest chapter of this mesmerising world, The Lost Prince!

The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten is the latest Kagawa series to hit shelves; a richly descriptive Iron Fey spin-off featuring Ethan Chase, the younger brother of our previous heroine, and showcasing a new cast of characters as they begin a whole new adventure!

Julie Kagawa continues to cement her Queen of Fantasy title with The Lost Prince! Written in the beautiful way that is purely Kagawa, The Lost Prince is what all Iron Fey fans have been waiting for—a chance to get back into this incredible world! Being back in this captivating world once more is a lot like coming home after a long journey. After the ending of The Iron Knight, it was so relaxing to slip back onto this place of magic and fey; action and romance; where danger lurks around every corner and the beauty of the world is only challenged by the darkness and motivations of the ones that call it home.

Blending old with new, Kagawa introduces new characters, including Megan and Ash’s son Kerrian and his gremlin buddy Razor and Ethan’s lady love......stubborn, intelligent and beautiful Mackenzie (Kenzie), while bringing back all the characters we fell in love with during the first series, Megan, Ash and Puck for small cameos. There’s a whole new danger affecting the Nevernever and a brand new plotline to follow!

My goodness, this book was so exciting! Little Ethan is all grown up and no longer the sweet, little boy we first met back in The Iron King. Now seventeen and facing his own adventure, he is hardened and jaded from years spent avoiding the fey, often unsuccessfully I might add. I was actually surprised to discover how much I loved reading this book from Ethan’s POV! Of course, I loved all the Iron Fey books from Megan’s eyes and The Iron Knight in Ash’s POV was a excellent treat, but Julie Kagawa’s writing is so effortless, so purely magical, that she easily manages to enthral matter whose POV you’re reading from.

And Ethan certainly was enjoyable to read about! Considering everything he’s been through, he’s grown in to a very strong, capable young man. Ethan certainly was the reluctant hero for the majority of this book, but he easily settles into his role of “hero” as the book progresses. I found I saw a lot of his sister in him, with his desire to protect those he loved and his inability to give up. I look forward to seeing how Julie Kagawa writes the budding friendship between Ethan and Keirran as well as whatever mystery surrounds these two; Keirran in particular whom everyone seems determined to keep a secret from. Hints from past Iron Fey books came to mind and I’m sure there’s something huge just around the corner involving Keirrran and his abilities.

Ethan also develops a very sweet, however intense relationship and friendship with Kenzie. These two are very sweet together and as things build between them it’s clear that we have a new duo of young lovers to drive the series. I enjoyed the hint of romance from these two; it was sweet and wove perfectly with the fantasy element of the story.

Exciting and engaging from the very beginning, The Iron Prince is guaranteed to lock onto your imagination and never let go! The stunning world created by Kagawa never fails to entertain with it’s vivid beauty and adventure and one thing’s for sure, The Lost Prince offers more excitement and more adventure with every page and will leave you asking, no, begging, for the next instalment, pronto!

Source: Sent for review by HarlequinTEEN and Morey Media. (Thank you guys!)
Format: Paperback ARC.
AU Release Date: Available now!
Buy it: Booktopia // The Nile // The Book Depository
Recommendation: This is one of the most incredible faerie worlds I've ever gotten lost in, so if you're a fey fan or love stunning storytelling, this series (and the previous one) is for you!
Cover: It's awesome!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES!


  1. It's a pity about this book since I didn't particularly like it, though I'm still very eager for the sequel. I hope things improve by then and I hope there's more scenes coming from my favourite Puck . . . adored him all over again in this book. Fab review!

    1. Aww, I'm sorry to hear that Erin. I LOVED it! Not as much as the first series, but I think this has real potential!
      Oh Puck! I'd love to see a series ALL about him--it'd be a riot ;)
      Thanks hon!


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