Title: The Lost Prince
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published:Harlequin Teen, October 2012
Source: received my copy via Net Galley
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository]
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.
Ethan is Meghan Chase’s sweet little brother. He was only four when we first met him in The Iron King. Now, a brooding teenager, Ethan finds his school life challenging – not because he has bad grades or anything, but more because the fey seldom leaves him alone. You see, Ethan was born with the Sight, and this means he can see the Invisible Good Neighbors (i.e. the fey) that most humans can’t see. When the mischievous fey causes troubles, Ethan often suffers from the consequences because he is the visible one at the “crime scenes”. So, it’s not hard to see why Ethan is an angry teen who is unhappy about almost everything that’s going on in his life. But deep down, Ethan is hurt. He doesn’t understand why Meghan has chosen not to keep in touch. He doesn’t know how to explain the truth to those who cannot see the invisible. He feels helpless but because he doesn’t want the fey to bother anybody around him, he pretends that he is tough, cold and uncooperative. But when the fey in his neighborhood starts disappearing and he gets attacked, Ethan finds himself facing a difficult choice: should he ignore what’s going on or is it about time that he stands up to do something that he has been longing to do for himself?
I’m intrigued by a number of things that I read in The Lost Prince. It’s seldom that I resonate with male narrators but Ethan is so relatable that I have no problem understanding why he is upset about his life. I find his unpleasant thoughts in line with his frustration and when he reveals the things that he finds unfair, I feel his pain and I can tell that deep down, he’s still the sweet soulful kid that I’ve known since The Iron King. I also like that other characters that I’ve grown to love in previous books are present here. Although they are not playing the same heavy-duty role as before, I’m glad that their appearance offers some form of familiarity that helps me feel at ease and ready to enjoy the twisted, complicated situation that Ethan is facing. I’m also super-excited that this is a story that is filled with mystery. There is a sense of something ominous that is lurking in the shadow and I cringe every time when I see something offensive that is causing harm to the well-being of those who are alive. But the excitement doesn’t stop here. The mystery is also layered with enticing moments of drama! The whole time while I was reading, I felt like I couldn’t stop. It’s like I got sucked in, engulfed and captivated and until I read the last page, I could not relax!
To me, this is just one amazingly awesome reading experience!!
If you’ve been wanting to lose yourself in a good story that is engaging, eventful and exciting, look no further. Grab The Lost Prince and immerse yourself in the imaginative world created by Julie Kagawa. You won’t be disappointed!