Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
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.
My Review: I’ll start by saying that I am a fan of Kagawa’s work and an even bigger fan of her Iron Fey series. When I heard she would be continuing the story through Ethan I was completely thrilled. So keep in mind I started this novel with high expectations and to be honest was very much disappointed.
Let me be honest, this book had the potential to be amazing. A lot of the characters that we came to know and love in The Iron Fey series make a reappearance in this novel: Puck, Grimalkin, Glitch, Ash and a few others. This was something I quite enjoyed. Also taking into account some great action scenes, romance- which you know I love, and Meghan this novel really had the potential to be amazing but let me explain what I didn’t like about it:
This book turned out to be very frustrating for me. I didn’t understand Ethan and I didn’t like his character. He has redeeming qualities like good intentions and the want to help others… But overall, I found him to be weak and a martyr. It’s like his only strength is his outer appearance- which is fierce and pretty badass. But inside he’s weak and always being bullied and manipulated. I found myself at a loss and completely not understanding his rationale and reasoning. I also hated his lack of strength and resolve.
I found Part 1 to be lacking. It was very slow to start up and I found myself with the hope that once the story really started the action would be unparalleled. Well, that wasn’t the case. I found the overall pacing to be slow and the story dragged for me. As much as I might enjoy parts of the story I had trouble connecting to the characters. And Ethan’s mom… Well, she drove me nuts. Seriously.
While I was struggling to connect to some characters, I was completely disliking another. Kenzie plays Ethan’s love interest and through some bad circumstances gets dragged along for a ride to fairyland. She really is different and I struggled to figure out her intentions. I didn’t at all trust her. I didn’t see one heroine bone in her fictional body. She was more of a pest for me. At some point, her story is revealed and it’s touching and the only point where she was a likeable character for me.
I can see that this is a great stand alone novel although it brings so much of the Iron King series into it. It’s great closure for those who read that series and enjoyed it. Seeing Meghan and Ash and where they are now… The novel for me was really hot and cold- I dislike it one minute then I feel it’s not so bad the next. I realized that the biggest negative were the characters- not only did I not connect to them but I disliked them. Furthermore, romance loving me was happy to see the sparks flying. The romance at first was very cheesy but it got better and that was definitely a plus. And also, the novel ended well.
As you can see in my rant, I didn’t particularly enjoy the book. However, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading it. That is unless you have high expectations for it, dislike weak characters and dislike badly paced books. This books is Kagawa’s and she brings some of her magic to The Lost Prince, it just wasn’t enough for me.
ARC was provided by Harlequin Teen via NetGalley.