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

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.

Release Date: October 23, 2012
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley

I had really high hopes for this book, having read and loved the first three books in the Iron Fey series, and Kagawa did not disappoint me with The Lost PrinceThe Lost Prince's story, pacing, and emotions were just as great as its predecessors'.  I love the world Kagawa has created and was really excited to spend some more time in it.  

I liked Ethan as a narrator, but I did miss Meghan's voice. I simply like a female point of view much more than a male first person narrative.  But, as far as male narrators go, Ethan is pretty perfect.  I wish he would have expressed more of his feelings, but I do understand why he didn't.  He's had a lifetime of keeping his feelings to himself, and he can't undergo a huge emotional shift overnight.

There was one major plot point that I did predict very early in the book.  Maybe it's my medical background, but the signs were too clear to mistake.  

Like the other Iron Fey books, the imagery really set this book apart.  It is simply outstanding!  I love Kagawa's descriptive prose, and find it so easy to imagine myself in the Nevernever right along with my favorite characters.  And speaking of favorite characters, I do wish there was more of Meghan and Ash in this book, but I was happy just to get a glimpse of them living out their happy ending.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book. I do suggest that you read the other Iron Fey books first, otherwise you'll spoil the ending to the first books in the series.  I'm really looking forward to where Kagawa takes this story!

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