The Lost Prince (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Lost Prince Ethan Chase has been plagued by the fey all his life. Protective of his family and resentful of his older sister, the Iron Queen, whom he believes deserted them, Ethan wants only to be left alone. But that becomes impossible when exiled fey start dying or disappearing.
- Published: 23 October 2012
- Format: Paperback 395 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780373210572 ISBN 10: 0373210574
- Sales rank: 7,289
Reviews for The Lost Prince
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and Netgalley.)
Ethan Chase's sister Meghan disappeared years ago to become 'The Iron Queen' in the land of Nevernever (fairyland). Ethan isn't happy about that, but he's even less happy that he is constantly on the alert for faeries and constantly trying to stay out of trouble, and all because he can see Them.
Starting at a new school, the last thing Ethan wants is to run in to a half-breed, especially one who doesn't want to leave him alone. But as this particular half-breed - Todd seems to be being chased by some sort of faery that Ethan has never seen before, he figures he should help. Then Todd disappears.
Ending up chased by the very same freaky faeries that have kidnaped Todd, Ethan does the only thing he can do - escape to Nevernever, and ask his sister for help.
Can Ethan rescue Todd though? What exactly are these weird faeries that nobody seems to remember? And what secrets is The Iron Queen hiding?
Let me just start this review by saying that I haven't read 'The Iron Fey' series by Julie Kagawa from which this series is a spin-off. Loads of reviews that I have read have all been written by people who have, so I decided to do the opposite, and read this first. I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who haven't read the original series, but might be intrigued by this one, so let me just say that I enjoyed this book without having read the 'Iron Fey' series, and although I think there probably were spoilers form the previous books in this book, I was able to read this book without getting lost or confused, and I still intend to read the 'Iron Fey' series (just as soon as I get round to it - so hopefully before I die).
Anyway, I found this book really captivating in the beginning, the first 20% of the book flew by, and I was glued to my kindle. Unfortunately I didn't feel quite this way further on in the book, by the middle my attention was lagging, but the book did then improve again towards the end (making this book quite difficult to rate!). I would have to say that I enjoyed it overall though.
I liked Ethan, and I could understand why he wanted to keep a low-profile from the faeries. I got why Todd latched on to Ethan for help, and I liked the love interest - Kenzie.
I liked the storyline, although the ending was left very open for the next book. I have to say that I'm interested as to what will happen to Kenzie especially after a shock revelation in this instalment.
There were plenty of guest appearances from people who I'm guessing are in the 'Iron Fey' series, and I suppose I would have recognised these if I had read the previous books! There's also a cameo from Puck.
Overall; I enjoyed this book, but I wasn't blown away by it. I will probably read the next in the series, mainly to find out what happens to Kenzie.
7 out of 10. by Sarah Elizabeth
A Familiar Tale
Well, I cant say I'm impressed at all.
Was the story good? - it was okay but it was all just a little too familiar and predictable. Yes there were different characters, different fey, but after it's all said and done; it's the same scenario, the same formula, the same fight as the Iron Fey series.
Sigh...I feel like I'm going to repeat myself, in fact, I think I will...
There were no surprises, no twists and turns, nothing to make me gasp and squeal with shock, sorrow, happiness...it was all very...meh.
Yep, that's exactly what I said about The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4), and I wasn't terribly fussed with the entire series, which means I probably won't bother reading anymore of Ethan's books. I will say however, that I think the author writes a much better male voice than she does a female, even if Ethan is an annoying little snot.
The writing is okay, the characters are okay, perhaps a little shallow, but okay, the storyline is okay - it was all okay, nothing flash, nothing to WOW about.
Lovers of the original Iron Fey series will no doubt love this book, but as far as I'm concerned, The Lost Prince is a only worth a read when there's nothing else to do.
3 out of 5 stars :] by cath
Back to the Iron Fey world
Read my full review post on my blog, Michelle Shouts Random
Welcome back to the world of iron fey.
Pre-reading reactions: OMG! Another dose of Iron Fey series! Amazing. And, Ethan? The Lost Prince? He's also a fey?? o.O
With that title, cover, and well, protagonist, you would really think that Ethan is a Prince. The lost Prince. But really, he isn't. I was actually guessing on some parts of the book when will the another truth will reveal, but it never came. Instead, a different revelation has emerged and another heavy dose of mystery.
Being in Ethan's mind is definitely a change. Before, on the entire Iron Fey series, we've been on Meghan's and for the last book, Ash's. Ethan is quite different. One, is he hated the faes and their world. He never wanted to do anything from them. But alas, Julie Kagawa wrote another book about them, and he's not very fortunate to be in their world. Again.
I liked the book, I really do. There are comebacks (of course. I just can't imagine how the fans will react if none of them showed in this book) of the Iron Fey series' famous characters. I just missed Grimalkin. And Puck. And Ash. I was actually wishing to get some more of them, but then again, it's Ethan's time to shine and the new characters.
I also liked the new characters. They weren't just additional, they were also the building blocks of the book. There are some mentions about Filipino traditions/culture, and a Filipino martial art--which Ethan is very good at--that made me smile. Of course, I'm a Filipino. It's just a weird but nice feeling and all that. It was that..it's just rare, whatever. But honestly, I never heard of that martial art. LOL But hey, I knew all the Filipino words used (of course). :D
It was a nice, refreshing comeback to the world of Kagawa's faes. I really missed it. *sniff*
I experienced a fantasy with full of actions, magics, mystery, show-stopping scenes in the 4-book series of Iron Fey, but I think here in The Lost Prince, there was something missing. A final spice to make it all perfect. I think it's the excitement I felt before, because there were parts of this book I've predicted, so I think I lost it. But overall, I really liked it, and I would definitely check out the next installments of the series. Yay!
*Thank you SO much, Harlequin Teen for approving my request on Netgalley for this title (and for the other titles you trusted me with)! x by Michelle Sedeño
Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
I was in love with Ethan from the start. He is broody, and I connected with his voice. I could understand where he was coming from with his attitude and I liked the glimpses of the person he really is through the shell.
I was also intrigued by Kenzie and her motivations as well as admiring her stubborness and tenacity. I loved the interactions between her and Ethan and they really drive the book for me.
The addition of Kali, a type of martial art was a breath of fresh air. The relationship between Ethan and Guro is well written and I like having a role model like that in my stories. I like how he didn't press issues, but let Ethan know he was there for him, as well as expecting the best from Ethan.
Julie Kagawa twines old familiar characters in and I smiled getting to see what they are up to now. It is neat seeing them from new eyes and seeing how the outside sees their relationships and dynamics.
I wanted to know more but the ending didn't do it for me as far as wrapping up the plot. I liked how the epilogue ended things between Kenzie and Ethan though. I definitely want to know more about their lives and where their stories take them next.
Bottom line: Absolute page turner. A familiar and loved world told through the eyes of a new main character that I fell for instantly. by Brandi Kosiner
Welcome Back To The Nevernever!
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa is the first book in the new Iron Fey series, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten. It's about Ethan Chase, Meghan's younger brother from the original series. From the very first page I liked Ethan as a main character way more than I liked Meghan. Well, that's not entirely true. I really liked Meghan, but I loved the way Ethan came across in The Lost Prince.
Ethan is a huge jerk for the first part of the book. And I loved that about him. He has his reasons, of course. If you've read the Iron Fey series you know how miserable faeries can make your life if they think you can see them. If not, well, you will find out. So Ethan pushes people away so they won't get hurt. It's interesting to see into the mind of a bad boy. To see why he acts the way he does. I really enjoyed reading about Ethan and watching him grow and change throughout the book.
Kenzie, Ethan's love interest, is such a strong female character. Especially in a book narrated by a male protagonist. Usually, I find, that leading male characters don't always go right for the strong independent girls, but like to focus on the whiny, needy ones instead. But not Ethan. He goes right for Kenzie. Though, I'll admit, that's got a lot to do with Kenzie being so persistent and in-your-face about getting what she wants. I really do love her. She's funny, and always has something snarky to say no matter what kind of horrifying things she sees while hanging around Ethan.
The cast of characters in The Lost Prince were amazing. I fell hard for everyone single of them. Especially Keirran and Razor. Keirran, oh, Keirran. I can't wait to see more of you in the sequel, The Traitor Son. And oh boy! The cameos. Yes. There are cameos made by original Iron Fey characters. And I squealed every time Ash or Puck or Meghan or Grimalkin stepped onto the page. And it was very interesting seeing how Ethan viewed all of these characters. He had very strong feelings about them. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but his hatred for a certain silver eyed faery made me giggle.
If you noticed that this was more of a squealy rant than a review, that's because I loved this book so much I've lost the ability to form sentences. But, here, I'll try. The Lost Prince is a fantastic start to a new series in an already beloved world and lovers of the Iron Fey series and new readers alike will be swept away into the Nevernever alongside Ethan. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one! by Pretty In Fiction
Engaging and Intriguing
Engaging and enchanting, The Lost Prince is a much-welcomed revisit to the Nevernever.
As someone who is a giddy fangirl for the Iron Fey series, I had high expectations for The Lost Prince. And I've promised myself over and again that I wouldn't read and compare this book to that fantastic series. It's not fair to the story and it's not fair to Ethan, because, really, NO ONE can compare to Ash. But I did. I compared Ethan's reluctant journey to Nevernever to Meghan's and I spent most of the opening chapters anticipating a reappearance of the beloved characters. When those characters actually did show up, I was beyond thrilled, which is awesome, but also not so awesome because I did miss them when they were gone. I wanted more of them, less of Ethan and his journey.
But once I got over myself, I really enjoyed The Lost Prince! Ethan is not the sweet, lovable little boy we knew. He's almost grown now, and a life spent tormented by the fey has made him irritable, sullen, and aloof. Ethan is resentful of his sister, who left the family behind to become the Iron Queen, his parents just don't understand what he's going through. He doesn't want friends, or to be anyone's hero, but helping a bullied, half-fey schoolmate land Ethan exactly where he doesn't want to be: in the Fey's sights. Along with Kenzie, a beautiful, sweet girl who won't let Ethan push her away, Ethan travels through the one place he swore he'd never return to, reuniting with family and old acquaintances, and becomes the hero he never expected to be.
Julie Kagawa's Fey world is by far my favorite. Her descriptive story-telling is highly visual, but not so heavy handed that it becomes boring or overwhelming. The action sequences are exhilarating, the dialogue is light and intense all at the same time. Her characters, whether you love them (Ash and Puck) or love to hate them (Leanansidhe) are always engaging. Wherever her next story leads, I will surely follow. by Andrea Thompson
- Top review
Can I take a minute to fangirl over Julie Kagawa? Cause this lady knows how to write a page-turner! The Lost Prince wasted no time creating suspense and building mystery, instantly capturing my full attention and guaranteeing that I wouldn't be able to put it down until I had unravelled all of its secrets! Julie is a master of the male PoV, of adding a little humour in tense moments to lighten up a dire situation, and of seamlessly building two words that exist simultaneously together and apart.
Ethan was a hard character to love. No longer the adorable curly haired toddler, he's a brooding mess, full of teenage angst after being abandoned by his sister and left to deal with the constant presence of the fey on his own. Determined to keep everyone at a distance so as not to endanger their life by accidentally introducing them to the fey, he's a jerk. But it's because of his constant guilt over being a jerk that I was able to fall in love with him. As his walls are slowly broken down, we get to see the softer, kinder side of Ethan that he feels forced to hide. His fearlessness in the face of danger, his protectiveness for those he cares about and his courage in the face of the unknown was a pleasure to read.
Unfortunately, I didn't feel as strongly for the other characters in The Lost Prince. Kenzie was stubbornly adorable, but it took me a long time to find her nosiness and general lack of self-preservation endearing. Her refusal to back down and leave Ethan alone, after numerous attempts by him to not-so-politely tell her to get lost, had me immediately questioning her motives. I also got tired of references to her thin frame or slender build, and how tiny she was. I think it was done to make her actions seem braver, but it became quite tiresome. Keirran didn't really affect me one way or the other - and that was the problem. He had very little personality, and it felt like he was hiding things - things that were never brought to light. His entire existence seemed to center around Annwyl, and I couldn't figure out why, as she had even less personality! After his adamance over finding the Forgotten's lair to stop them from hurting anymore fey, his actions toward the end baffled me and the lack of resolution with his feelings toward the Forgotten left me confused and frustrated.
Somehow though, I did enjoy the slow-building romance between Ethan and Kenzie. I loved watching her break down his walls through sheer persistence and determination of will. I loved watching him try to resist her at every turn, constantly catching himself staring or reaching out to touch her. I loved their playful banter, and how they found time to steal moments for themselves even during some of their stickier moments. And I loved watching him realize that he was falling, despite his best efforts to the contrary.
But it was the plot that truly had me enjoying The Lost Prince. I was immediately intrigued by the presence of new fey - what else could Julie create after the Iron Fey!? The idea of the Forgotten is brilliantly forlorn, and somehow I found myself empathizing slightly with their plight. Unravelling their mysteries added a layer of intrigue to every action Ethan took, in the hopes that he would stumble on more information about their past and their motives. The looming threat of even more exiled being killed added a sense of urgency, which when combined to the Forgotten's mysterious existence, created a suspenseful atmosphere that permeated The Lost Prince from beginning to end. With appearances from Iron Fey favourites, Puck and Grim!, and being able to return to the expansive and detailed NeverNever, I couldn't put The Lost Prince down!
From start to finish, The Lost Prince kept me captivated. With some great new characters - I also loved Razor! - and appearances from some of my Iron Fey favourites, a plot full of action and suspense, and a heartwarming romance, I found myself constantly laughing and cheering and sitting on the edge of my seat! by Pretty Little Reader
The perfect spin-off for the Iron Fey
The Lost Prince doesn't start right were we left the Iron Fey. It takes place a few years later, when Ethan is already 16 and has had a very difficult and traumatizing life thanks to the fey. To put it soft: He would do anything for them to stop seeing him.
Because that's the problem: once you have the sight you are able to see past the veil and they can see you too.
Thanks to the antics, naughtiness and tricks of the lovely (note sarcasm here) fey everybody thinks that Ethan is one of those boys you have to keep cast aside from all the other students to prevent them from being contaminated.
And in his new school things don't look any brighter. Except maybe for that reporter girl, Kenzie, who keeps following him around for an interview. Even after he practically snarls at her in every sentence.
But something is off and Ethan realizes that one of his new classmates is half-fey and the idiot is actually making deals with faeries! Not knowing what to do Ethan chooses to let himself go in his Kali practices and stay away from trouble as much as possible. But he will soon remember that sometimes destiny is going to catch up with you no matter what.
For those of you that know me and have been following me for quite a while you already know how much I loved the Iron Fey series. In fact, I jumped up and down when I saw this beauty in NetGalley and HAD to request it right away.
I'm so glad I did.
The characters were superb, all of them, new and old ones, contributed to the creation of a spin-off that rocked my world from the very foundation. It was amazing to see the story through Ethan's POV -even if sometimes I wanted to smack him hard- and get a chance to see old friends like Ash (oh how I missed you!) or Puck (amazing as always!) among others.
And let's not forget the new characters like Kenzie and Kierran. Can't say too much about them without giving spoilers away but trust me, you will LOVE them.
The Courts will entice you all over again and you will find yourself spinning with their dances, their tricks and all the secrets that are shared in little and quick glances.
And this time the danger seems very real, very frightening and honestly, I have no idea of what's going to happen next.
As for Julie's writing style I can only say that once again she has proved what an amazing imagination she possess and how mind-blowing her stories can be. by Alaiel Kreuz