Reviewed by: Chelsea
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: While there are no spoilers for this novel, this review does mention key points from other Iron Fey novels.
I think I may have to admit to being a bit of a Julie Kagawa fangirl. I have yet to find a book of her that doesn’t delight me. The Lost Prince is a spinoff from her Iron Fey books. The main trilogy, which begins with The Iron King, focuses on Meghan Chase and her discovery of the world of the fey and her role within them. After the conclusion of that series, Kagawa dipped back in with a related novel featuring the romantic interest Prince Ash leading the novel. While it featured the same characters sans Meghan, it had a different tone. The Iron Knight was more an adventure tale, and the events of that novel gave us a solid conclusion to Meghan and Ash’s stories. Things made sense.
The Lost Prince is the third foray back into the Iron Fey realm with a new protagonist, but this time the tone is entirely different. Kagawa is able to spin new visuals and plots within the rich Iron fey world while giving long-time readers quick tastes of previous characters. This book is the beginning of Ethan Chase’s story. You might remember him from the first of Meghan’s books. He’s her little brother, well, half-brother, who was stolen by the fey and replaced with a changeling. She saved him back then. Now years have passed and little Ethan is a teenager. He’s forced to pretend his sister is dead. She rarely comes to visit from her throne in the Iron Court.
Ethan can see the fey in our world, and they like to mess with him because of it. He’s labeled a troubled kid, because the fey have caused so much havoc. We’re talking burning down his previous high school. Now he’s transferred to a new school and is doing his best to avoid making friends. Those who get close to him get hurt. One cute, nosy reporter girl isn’t about to let his attitude stop her from getting to know him. He steps in to help a half-fey boy in his school and before he knows it a new kind of fey are on his tail. Cute girl Kenzie gets wrangled in and is there to help him through the whole journey.
We get Kenzie’s discovery of the fey, which will work as a great introduction to those who haven’t read the previous novels, alongside Ethan’s pessimistic and skeptical outlook. He’s a good guy with real anger at what the fey have stolen from him. His journey is about letting go of the past, accepting help when he needs it and maybe seeing the Nevernever a little differently.
Ethan’s voice gives this novel a richness that makes it stand out in the Iron Fey books. You will not mistake The Lost Prince as a forced story or a leftover after Meghan’s journey. This is the beginning of an adventure for Ethan. While you will see Meghan, Ash, Grim and others, this story is about Ethan and he’s what makes it so engaging.
Sexual content: Kissing