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

October 14, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA 0 ★★★½

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa (review)The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on October 23rd 2012
Number of Pages: 400
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban, Young Adult
Source: Library
Format: eBook
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Purchase: At Amazon
three-half-stars

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

If you haven’t read the Iron Fey series, you will end up being very curious and should go read that series. However, this book does it’s best to sketch in enough details that you won’t be lost if you haven’t read that series yet. For the fellow Puck lovers, he DOES appear in this book! But sadly not until towards the end and his part isn’t long. Perhaps we’ll get more next book?

I ended up liking Kenzie more after Grimalkin appeared. She was the epitome of the tenacious, nosy reporter girl. And while that isn’t a bad thing necessarily, that’s mostly all you saw of her at first. I also guessed her secret before the reveal, but that didn’t diminish it when it did come out.

I loved Razor! He was such a fun and mischievous character. I loved all his rants about the “bad kitty!”. And I really liked Keirran. As Puck says, Keirran and Ethan remind him of Ash and himself. Keirran is charming and noble, but also genuinely nice and wanted to get to know Ethan.

Ethan on the other hand is broody and angsty. He doesn’t want anyone to get hurt by the fey because of being his friend. So he snarls and acts like a jerk, trying to push everyone away. This works with everyone normally, but fails spectacularly with Kenzie.

As the book goes on, you learn not only a lot of fey lore and how to keep them away from you. But also you start to see inside the characters. What they show on the surface is only the shallowest glimpse of what you learn later. I love how this world is filled with characters who show real depth. And the world is also very real feeling.

I do like how the fey are not all sweetness and light in these books. They are written as they should be, tricksy and sometimes dark. Not something you should bargain with or make promises to without considering your words carefully and knowing exactly what you will be in for.

If you have read the other series, you should read this one as well. If you haven’t read either one, but like books about the fey, you should read this.

three-half-stars

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