The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: October 23rd, 2012
Harlequin Teen
Format: E-ARC from Net Galley
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
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’s 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 myths 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 name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

Geepers. The feverish anticipation from friends for this spin-off is staggering! I was almost scared to read this for fear of disappointment. But heck, who am I kidding? This is distinctively Kagawa and therefore, shouldn’t have come as a surprise that it was ho-hum, awesome.
The Gist: Ethan Chase is an angry boy. He hates his ‘sight’, hates his sister, hates the world, and hates the ‘other world’. Seeing the fae doesn’t really leave much for socialization of any kind – because once he gets close to anyone, harm naturally follows. Not to mention talking to them makes him look like a raving lunatic. Everywhere he goes, his reputation for destruction and of being a loner proceeds him. Trouble seeks him no matter where he goes; so on the first day of yet another new school, trouble comes in the form of a half-breed being hunted by “ghost faes”.
When his friend disappears, and with the Forgotten on his tail, Ethan was left with no choice but to involve his sister, the Iron Queen. Along with a new ‘friend’, Kierran and a human girl who has no sense of self-preservation, they embarked to solve the mystery of the disappearing half-breeds and exiles. I wish I can say hilarity ensues, but I’d be lying. 
The Review: Right. Ethan is…well – he broods a lot. He’s the quintessential bad boy: angst-y, angry, antagonistic. He’s a perpetual loner with The Great Wall of Aloofness built around him. But for every misunderstood bad boy is an assertive good girl who persists until the barrier is broken. That girl is Kenzie. As much as I want to say they’re the perfect pairing, I really can’t. I was mildly titillated by their budding romance but not really that enthused. The thing that irritated me the most was that no matter how many times Ethan warned Kenzie about not making any deals with the fae, she went ahead and did it anyway. I found out the reason later why this girl is fearless and…yeah. I’m dreading to see what the Dark Muse has in store for her. 
At first, I was a little put-off by the introduction of Kierran in the picture. I thought Kagawa was going to go there, by ”there” I really mean, love triangle hell. And again, when am I going to get it through my thick head that the author dances to the beat of her own drum? You should never expect anything but innovative and shut-your-mouth goodness from Julie.
The best thing about Kagawa’s books is her innate talent to suck you in the imaginative world she builds in her stories. And because we’ve already experienced the fae world in her books before, I was interested to know how she would go about making it more impressive. And again, she didn’t disappoint (seriously, this is getting tiresome). I love The Forgotten – the breed of fae who were slowly fading lest they find themselves another source of memory and essence. We’ve met them before but Julie gave them starring role in this book this time. Ms. Kagawa just adds another flavor of brilliance with every badass faery creature she creates. 
I feel like I haven’t been able to move on from the Iron Fey series; it’s one of those series where I think I wouldn’t mind if it went on forever.  So to be reunited with Ash, Meghan and Puck – even if it was only for a brief moment – was a small joy. And to learn that Ethan is an uncle was an added bonus and a half.
VERDICT: Creepy, completely absorbing, undeniably, absolute Kagawa. The author could make the most unpleasant world into the most mystical, beautiful dreamland. The Lost Prince is yet another series fans of Iron Fey will be obsessed about and I, for one can’t wait to read more of this series. 

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