Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairies, Romance
Paperback $9.99 (400 pages, 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'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.
Author Site: juliekagawa.com
Insert fangirling title here... (5 stars)
Ethan Chase feels deserted after his older sister said her final goodbyes to the Chase family. She is the Iron Queen now and her responsibilities no longer lie within the human world. But Ethan can never be a normal teenager, not after his childhood entanglement within the world of the fey. Avoiding them at all costs consumes him and they know he can see them so they've made a habit of tormenting him. Forced to change schools yet again, thanks to a fire he is believed to have set in his previous school's library, he hopes to make a new start. Keep his head low, avoid the fey, and get to graduation without any more problems. But it's never that simple once you can see them...
When Ethan saves a half-breed from getting pummeled by a pair of jocks he lands himself in the middle of a dangerous new development amongst the fey. A new group of fey, claiming that they have been forgotten, are threatening those exiled to the human world. Ethan knows he should just stay out of it but when the half-breed he saved goes missing he gets pulled back into the realm of talking cats, magical realms, and creatures beyond the imagination.
It's no secret how much I love Kagawa's writing and I am thrilled to say that THE LOST PRINCE is just as engrossing and exciting as every book before it. I remember reading THE IRON KING and thinking how cool it would be to see a later story focusing on Ethan after all he went through so it was very much wish-fulfillment to read it. The same humor and suspense, creativity and adventure that you loved with Meghan is threaded into this story. Ethan is not his sister and in a way it's tough to see her through his eyes and not feel conflicted because we readers got to see her motivations, know why she has done what she has. It really makes him a character you can relate to and want to see begin to understand why Meghan has made her choices.
Many favorite characters are back for cameos and more but I don't want to spoil much so just read it! Ethan's new friends are a great part of his journey and greatly contribute to preparing for sequel. I can hardly stand the wait for the next one.
A must-read if you're an Iron Fey series fan and if not... it could be read as the first in a new series but you will probably want to go back and read the others afterwards so you'll have more understanding of who some of the characters are and why they're important to the plot. I abolutely loved it.
Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.
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