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The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa {3 Stars}

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa is the fifth book in the Iron Fey series, though it’s also the start of the spinoff Call of the Forgotten series. Harlequin claimed on NetGalley that I could start with this book, so I decided to give it a try and test the theory ;-). While I didn’t end up loving The Lost Prince, I did enjoy the concepts and definitely think you can start with The Lost Prince and still enjoy Call of the Forgotten. I’m actually kind of glad I started here, since I don’t think I would have loved the romance in the first four Iron Fey books.

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa {3 Stars}

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (Call of the Forgotten #1)
Published by Harlequin Teen on Oct. 23rd, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 377 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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.

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • I haven’t read that many books about fairies, but enough that I was quite excited to see a new premise in The Lost Prince involving creepy ghost fey. Taking the fluffy idea of fairies in modern day and turning them into sharp and dark things is so much fun :D.
  • I’m such a sucky for adorable sidekick characters and there is a gremlin named Razor that stole my heart! He’s kind of like an intelligent dog in that he is very eager to please and not quite human level intelligence, but he can talk (he reminded me of Doug >.>) and it’s so cute! Plus he’s a gremlin and so he gets all static-y when he’s excited haha.
  • As I said above, I think starting with The Lost Prince and only reading Call of the Forgotten would work fine. There is plenty of filling in the important parts of the previous series and I didn’t feel lost at all :).
  • Ethan, the MC, has the Sight and can see the fair folk. I thought that this element was handled quite well in that it had strengths and weaknesses and was always there (like a normal sense), not only when it was convenient for the plot.
  • Ethan practices Kali, which is apparently a Filipino martial arts (though I can’t find anything on the Internet about it besides this Kalis blade), and it was fun seeing that hobby utilized through out the plot. A character who has trained for years in order to defend himself instead of just having magic abilities :D.

Weaknesses:

  •  The romantic dialogue in The Lost Prince was a bit painfully cheesy at times. There might have been some eye-rolling >.>.
  • Ethan has some pretty angsty, annoying and sexist internal thoughts and I just wanted to smack him upside the head at various points.
  • The Lost Prince has a fair amount of repetitive phrasing, in that I felt like I was reading the same sentence again that I read one page ago. This feeling was because I basically was….
  • The only people who didn’t see that plot twist coming were the characters….

Summary:

The Lost Prince has an interesting premise and was perfectly fine to read as a fluffier book. If you don’t mind some cheese with your romance, you will probably quite enjoy it :). I’m looking forward to reading the second book (Iron Traitor) mostly because I’m hoping that there is betrayal >.> I think there are good odds given that title!

3 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

 

 The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

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Comments

  1. I don’t know about the cheesy romance part however I may try to read it. Thanks for sharing your review :) I’ve heard good and bad reviews on this book so I guess I will have to read it to see what I think.

  2. Nice honest review

  3. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    I really liked this book..lol I didn’t mind the cheesy romance ;) I also really loved the original books of the series, I think it took me until the 3rd book to really get hooked, but at that point there was no turning back for me.

    I think a lot of my enjoyment in this new series is that there a re a lot of my favourite characters showing up again, Grimalkin for one, who I think is the best character and I even named my cat after him..lol My cat is orange though.. :P

    I hope you end up liking the second book, all I can say is there is quite the cliffhanger that I would have tossed my Kobo across the room for, but I was reading in the tub and yeah.. water + Kobo = bad.

    • Haha, yeah, I have problems with romance *grumpy old lady* ;-) I can definitely see the appeal of seeing Grimalkin again, I enjoy him and Razor greatly!

      Oh no, save the Kobo! Oo, maybe you can answer my Kobo question: do you read NG books on it? Does the formatting work okay with NetGalley?

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        I do read NetGalley books on it..lol The formatting is okay for me, but I can read really tiny print, so yeah.. I’ll try to take a picture to show you on Twitter..lol I have noticed however that it’s only certain publishers that it’s a bit wonky.. aka HarlequinTeen, which is most of what I request on there.. But no issues with say Sourcebooks/Raincoast Books and Macmilllan, who sometimes send me links to download review books with them.

        The only reason it’s really wonky is because it’s so tiny.

        I think you would also like Ironhorse from the original series, that guy is hilarious! He is always yelling, has no volume control. Made me laugh every time :)

        • Hehe, thank you for sending me the Twitter pic, I keep wanting to be convinced to get a Kobo aura, but I just can’t deal with formatting like that, gah! I’m all anti-amazon, but I think I’ll cave to get the Kindle Paperwhite. Since I don’t buy books from them anymore, I feel like I’ve made a decent statement >.>

          Nice! I love secondary characters more than main characters a lot of the time >.>

          • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

            Yeah, I’m not really an Amazon person :P I was just playing with my Kobo again (tempting fate, I know). I actually can make it bigger and not have to zoom out and in every page, I just have to scroll over and can switch pages.. How did I not realize this before?! So yes, you can make it bigger, but you have to drag to the edge of the page to turn the page :)

          • Hm, so it’s still not the convenient tap to turn the page because you’re zoomed in as opposed to the font size just being increased?

          • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

            Nope, you have to drag to the edge of the page and then tap.. As far as I can tell you can’t increase the font size.. which is weird because I can for all my other books. Darn weird Harlequin Teen formatting.

  4. Cool review! I love the Iron Fey series. I really thought it was over after the Iron Knight. ;)

  5. I read a short storyshe wrote and loved it!!! Need to read these books….

  6. Some day I will give series a whirl. I have a feeling it will be a middle read for me too but I have heard she weaves a great story :)
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    • Hehe, that was exactly my thinking before I read this one. I had borrowed the first book of the first series from the library a while back and never got to it, so I’m glad that at least now I know ;-)

  7. I think so far that I loved the first series with his sister more, but I’ll have to read book two before I fully decide. I’m glad you liked it though!

  8. If you romantic dialog in The Lost Prince made you roll your eyes, then The Iron King would cause permanent damage to your eye muscles. It’s even worse. :D
    I have read only The Iron King and then jumped to The Lost Prince. Although as you said I appreciated an amount of unusual creatures it just didn’t have enough interesting things for me to want to read The Iron Traitor. But I hope you will enjoy it.
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