Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Book Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince
by Julie Kagawa

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance

Ages: 13 and up

Sequel to the Iron Fey Trilogy and The Iron Knight.

I received an e-galley of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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 Thoughts:

Wow. Cute little Ethan is all grown up and has gone punk...sort of. After years of hiding from the Fey, he's developed a surly attitude and a bad reputation that acts as a wall between him and the human race. Plus his hair's all spiky and his ears are pierced. Like I said, sort of punk. But he's still cute. On his first day at a new school (he kind of accidentally set the last one on fire), he runs straight into trouble in the form of a bullied half-phouka. And so the adventure begins.

I love all the new characters in this book. Kenzie, who worms her way past Ethan's snarkiness by sheer force of will and stubbornly refuses to give up on him. Todd, who's a little peculiar but quiet promising, and Keirran. Oh, Keirran, I don't know what to think of you. All I can tell so far of Keirran is that anything to do with him promises to be very interesting and he has a marvelous pet, the entertainingly random gremlin named Razor. It was also lovely to see old friends again - Meghan, Puck, Grimalkin and brief glimpses of Ash. Can you virtually hug fictional characters?

This book is as beautifully written as Julie Kagawa's previous novels, perfectly swirled with rich descriptions and dark secrets. The Nevernever has become even more wondrous and dangerous than ever, if such a thing is possible.

I would recommend this book to all and sundry, though it is a good idea to read the rest of the series first even though it is technically the beginning of a new trilogy. I must also warn you that it spoils some of the plot of the film Serenity (it ticked off my sister when she read it, but I just loved the fact that Ethan is a Firefly fan).

Rating System: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).

I rate it a 2.10 for some mild swearing.

I give it a 2.10 for a couple of brief sexual slurs.

I rate it a 5.10 for some fighting and injuries as well as murder.

                                           Lieder Madchen

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