The Lost Prince (THe Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa
Review by Tempest.
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.
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I was a huge fan of the first three Iron fey books, and then again when Ash's story came out. I'm so happy to find that this book did not disappoint! I loved being able to see Ethan all grown up (and wow...did he grown up). He's such a greatly portrayed character, and throughout the book I love how I was able to pick out characteristics or choices that Meghan would have made. I also loved seeing all the differences between them. Because of his situation, he's grown up much differently than she did, and it shows. The scenes and descriptions of Kali were amazing, and it's great that Kagawa gave Ethan a passion and interest like that. It makes perfect sense and also helps him a great deal along the way. These fighting skills are ones that Meghan didn't initially have and it's very interesting to see how Ethan handles things with them. Kenzie was great as well, with a personality almost the exact opposite of his. The contrast between them was believable and kept me interested throughout. For me, writing a review on a book I loved is a lot harder than writing one on a book I hated, so this is pretty short and I apologize. Really, though, all I can say is this story was just as amazing as the ones that came before it, with a detailed world filled with faeries and fight scenes, and of course, romance. Seeing old characters that I loved was the icing on top of the cake. Ash, Meghan, Puck, and Grim are all here and they remain the same characters. It's great that Kagawa didn't change any of them or their personalities to fit the story; she kept them as they always have been and used that to drive it forward, which in my mind is a testament to being a fantastic author. If you loved the first series about her Iron Fey, I definitely suggest reading this, and if you didn't there's enough of a different feeling and edge to Ethan's story that you might just find you like this one anyway.