Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: The Lost Prince by Juilie Kagawa

A successful spin-off!

For those of you who are new to Julie Kagawa's work, you may have heard me gush about her Iron Fey series (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, etc.), which is a great young adult series full of fantasy, faeries, and love triangles.

THE LOST PRINCE is the first book in a spin-off series, CALL OF THE FORGOTTEN.  It follows the story of Ethan Chase, who was kidnapped into the faery world as a young child, until he was rescued by his sister, Megan, in the Iron Fey series.  Ethan is a teenager now, living in the mortal world, with the Sight to see the faeries who are invisible to other mortals.  Ethan is quiet and broody, and a martial arts expert.  After faeries got him into trouble at his last school, Ethan enters a new school, where he hopes to blend in and simply get through the day. Well, school reporter Kenzie won't let him off so easily. She is determined to get to know him better and before she realizes it, she is literally pulled into a whole new world she never knew existed.

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, full of action, and slowly pulled the reader into Ethan's tale, exposing little bits of him at a time. The entire cast of characters, both new and old, were interesting, funny, and extremely animated.  Julie Kagawa brings us back to familiar places, but builds a vivid new world full of sights, sounds, and smells that we haven't seen before.

 At first, I was afraid that I wouldn't remember enough of the first series to be caught up, but this really is a series of its own.  There were a few appearances by the "old" cast of characters, including Puck and Grimalkin, as well as Megan and Ash. Actually, it was nice to see them, but I was also thrilled that they didn't overshadow the new story line, as this was mainly Ethan's story.

If you have not read the original Iron Fey series, you could get away with starting this new series with THE LOST PRINCE.  You will not be lost in any way, because even though there are winks to the previous series, you don't need them to know what's going on in this one. That being said,  if you like the writing style and pace, you'll want to read the first series. See, it's more a matter of want than need.

One of the things I love about Julie Kagawa's writing is her ability to move a story along, while allowing her characters to change and grow, bringing her readers along for the ride.  Each book in her series has a beginning, a middle and an end, while leaving room for the story to continue and a desire to read more.  I hate those pesky cliffhangers so many YA authors love, having us wait 14 months for the next book. Julie Kagawa doesn't torture us in this way.  I am a fan of all her series, including the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden (2nd book due in April 2013).

I'm thrilled with the first book in THE CALL OF THE FORGOTTEN series and look forward to the next installment, THE TRAITOR SON, expected in September 2013!

Many thanks to Harlequin Teen for sending me a review copy of this book!

Book Extras:
Goodreads page
Author Website, Facebook, Twitter
Iron Fey Website
Blood of Eden Website

About the Book:

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210572

About the Author:
Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.
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