Published: October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Reviewed by: Jessica Godinez
“Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.”
Readers can once again dive into the world of Faery in Julie Kagawa’s latest book, The Lost Prince, which is an exciting, new companion series to Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. The Lost Prince is a book that can stand on its own but I HIGHLY recommended reading the Iron Fey series first. After all where can one go wrong with a book when you’ve got fighting, faeries, Robin Goodfellow, and where for once the characters wish that “real faery tales, not Disney fairy tales – would have a happy ending.”(The Iron Daughter)
Now many of you have been closely following these amazing books, which takes you into the world of the fey, but did anyone think we’d actually see little Ethan again? The boy who started this wonderful adventure now has his own story. The Lost Prince focuses on Ethan and his struggle to remain unnoticed by all those meddlesome faeries. For a boy who tries to keep his head down he sure does have a way of getting noticed. Not only does Ethan manage to attract a half-phouka and a group of ghost-like figures, he’s the only boy who can capture the attention of the popular girl in school, Kenzie. And Kenzie doesn’t let Ethan get away with his moodiness, but instead calls him on his act: “Tough guy, if brooding was a sport, you’d have gold medals with scowling faces lining the walls of your room.” Though he is a cynical and brooding teenager, Ethan fails to keep the others at bay and so we find Ethan on a new adventure into Faerie that he is unlikely to forget. The only way to help Ethan’s “friend” is for Ethan and Kenzie to enter into the world Ethan despises to see his sister Meghan, the Iron Queen.
I had my doubts that this book could as great as its predecessors, and I am happy to report that it does an amazing job of exceeding my expectations. Of course, I would have been disappointed if it wasn’t for the appearances of Puck, Meghan, and Ash in this book. And for those of you wondering, I am happy to report that Grimalkin is back and as annoying as ever. I enjoyed that Kagawa took the time to develop her new characters and make it impossible for us to not fall in love with each and every one of them. She truly weaves a world in which you’re all too willing to fall in. Her writing style and plot development will have you wishing you could taste a bite of faerie food, ensuring that you’ll stay there forever. Not only does she maintain the feel and atmosphere of her previous novels, but her creation of a new breed of faeries will have you wishing that you only had the Unseelie court to be afraid of. Did I mention she’s absolutely hilarious? This book’s witticism will have you clamoring to get your hands on every book Kagawa has written.
What better way to describe how you will feel after this novel than a quote from a talking cat, “I would not worry about that, mortal. No one ever leaves the Nevernever completely sane.” Grimalkin definitely has a way with words and knows exactly how to describe the ending of this novel. There is no better way to spend a day than absorbed in a book about faeries, even if the faeries are not always the good kind. With that, I encourage you to go pick up a book from this series and let the world of Faerie excite you. Just be careful to not to say thank you to any of the fair folk and don’t you dare make a trade.
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive papillon.