Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) byJulie Kagawa

Date Read: October 27 2012
Release Date: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Bought
Genre: Fantasy
My rating: 

"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.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read."


There was this huge build-up throughout the book that had me giddy with excitement but when Ethan finally faced the Lady, it all went downhill and the scene was just like "oh... that's it?"
I think I can sort of understand why it was written this way and why Kierran reacted (or didn't react specifically) the way he did - it branches off Iron's Prophecy of how he'll either unite the courts or destroy them. But I still think there could have been some more climax/action/SOMETHING to give that scene a bit of oompf.
The idea itself of the Forgotten is pretty good, it was dwelled upon in The Iron Knight and I like how it's expanded on here and how Kagawa tied in Ethan and Kierran and the whole prophecy.
I loved seeing Kierran here and how he turned out compared to what Ash saw in The Iron Knight. It was extremely amusing how Kierran, Ethan, Meghan and Ash all look the same age. Kierran's character is quite determined he's definitely his mother's son (and his father's) but I would have liked more of a personality on him. All I seemed to get was his love for Annwyl - where's the Iron Prince? Where is his duty to his people/kind?
Kenzie was quite cute but her persistence and too-cheery determined personality annoyed me a lot. Ethan I quite liked and could see him slowly change and lower his guard as the story progressed but I thought the passion/romance with Kenzie wasn't as well written as the one for Ash/Meghan...
But oh I do love Grim and the Iron Court, namely Glitch and Razor, they're so funny and really have character so I was glad to see them again here.

Overall, I really liked this and can't wait to see more of Kierran/Ethan as the new Puck/Ash... but this time with a prophecy overshadowing everything!

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