Author: Julie Kagawa
Date of Publication: October 23, 2012
Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book
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Synopsis: 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
When I saw that this novel was about Ethan I was absolutely thrilled. I couldn't wait to read from his point of view as well as see Meghan and Ash from a different perspective. Despite a bit of a slow start after this novel took off it was easy to get into and really fun to read. With Puck, Grimalkin, and all the other characters we've come to grow and love The Lost Prince was a fantastic spin-off to an already fantastic series!
Ethan definitely wasn't what I expected but I ended up really liking him. A bad boy with an extreme attitude Ethan has changed a lot from the innocent four year old he was when we saw him last. Even though it was a little difficult to believe that Kenzie, a girl he meets at school, would continue to hang around him after how he treats her Ethan still had his redeeming qualities and in the end is a very likable character. Likewise Kenzie was a likable character even though she wasn't my favorite and the emerging relationship between her and Ethan was cute and sweet.
I instantly fell in love with Keirran! One of my favorite new characters in the series I relished every moment he appeared in the novel. Judging by the title of the next novel there is a lot in store for Keirran's character and I can't wait to see where it goes! Paired with his relationships with all of the courts, and even the exiles, Keirran will be a powerful enemy and the following novels in this series will definitely take a fascinating turn.
The plot was the weakest part of the novel, but was by no means bad. With the introduction of new characters, and even a whole new race of fey, Kagawa spent most of her time on character development as opposed to actual plot. With the type of novel it was this worked out really well but in the end the climax just fell a little flat. Kagawa is fantastic at taking the fey and making them into something completely new and original without making the plot sound cheesy or ridiculous.
A great novel all around fans of the Iron Fey series will not be disappointing by this novel in the least! Full of new characters, as well as the old, and a fascinating new group of fey I have a feeling there are great things in store for this series!