Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
(This is the first book in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series, which follows the Iron Fey series; it comes in chronological order after The Iron King, Winter’s Passage (novella), The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, Summer’s Crossing (novella), The Iron Knight, and Iron’s Prophecy (novella).)
I will admit right from the outset that I didn’t really like Ethan taking over as the main narrator of the series. I found him kind of whiny and overly paranoid. I know that there are definite reasons for his character to be presented this way, but I just didn’t like him as a character/narrator as much as I liked Meghan.
Once things got underway, though, I started to warm up to him. He still definitely isn’t my preferred narrator, but I found a way to see his point of view as essential to the continued plot of the series. I even began to enjoy seeing Fairy through his eyes, a different perspective than what we’d seen in the series so far.
It was also fun to get to know Kierran – and, obviously, Ash and Meghan – through Ethan’s eyes. The whole dark prophecy thing was always there in the back of my mind, but it was still an interesting shift of perspective. And since it wasn’t really possible to know when or how this prophecy would come to pass, I tried to just enjoy the narrative as it came.
The Lost Prince turned out to be a great continuation of the Iron Fey stories. If you enjoyed the original series as much as I did, I think you’ll like this one, too.