Monday, October 21, 2013

Jenn's Review: The Lost Prince

 Blurb:  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.

Review:  I love this and should have read it ages ago.  The reason it took me so long to get to is that although I knew it was a new series, I must confess I was slightly turned off by the prequel, Iron's Prophecy. It was meant as a transition novella between the two series, but I was really happy with how The Iron Fey series ended and it felt like someone was messing with a favorite friend.  I am ashamed.  I should have had a little faith.  I should know by know to trust Julie Kagawa (I felt that way after book 3, The Iron Queen, but I adored The Iron Knight).

For me, The Lost Prince was much easier to get into than book one of the original series, The Iron King.  Perhaps it was because I already knew the players and the realm to which we were headed, but also because Ethan's an easier character to identify with then Meghan.  I immediately understood where Ethan was coming from, because I knew what he'd been through.  Though Ethan understandably wants nothing to do with the fey, he also knows he can't ignore what's going on around him.  It's time to face them.  Did I know where things were headed  for him?  Yes, but the journey was still an enjoyable one.

In a sudden turn of events, I found myself craving more than the little interaction we had with The Iron Queen and Ash... and oh was I happy to see Puck! I missed the Iron realm.  Keirran was not what I expected, but everything I should have known he would be.  Although his naivete is somewhat surprising, I can see so much of both parents in him.

This new series has definitely captured my attention and I'm happy to say that though I waited so long, the benefit is that The Iron Traitor will be out next week and I can continue my journey.

Final Take:  4.75/5



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