Friday, October 12, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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.  - Goodreads.com

I only found out there was going to be a second Nevernever series about three months ago.  Imagine my surprise and delight to discover that we were, once again, going to be able to visit the Nevernever and say hello to some old friends, and even meet some new ones.  I eagerly anticipated this book and was so excited to get a copy ahead of time for review.  Did it live up to my expectations?  Yes, yes, yes!!

I admit, I kinda wondered if Julie Kagawa's success at making us adore her Iron Fey series was a fluke.  Four books could be out of this world, but surely she couldn't keep it going with a whole new series.  Ethan's series was going to fall short and flat like a lot of spin-off series, right?  Wrong!!!

This story was phenomenal, and the return to the Nevernever was like coming home as a reader. Yes, we get to see a lot of our beloved favorites from the Iron Fey series, and we get to meet and get to know some amazing new ones.  I figured Kagawa had couldn't up with something new and unique again, what with how amazingly unique her first idea had been, but she proved me wrong.  This story was so interesting, and the idea so unique, that I am just astounded.

Ethan is a wonderful character.  This is someone who grew up knowing about the fey, knowing and understanding mainly the negative aspects of them, and subsequently not liking them.  So to see him thrown into this world and having to adjust his thinking a little bit was fun and exciting.  And he was a badass!!  His abilities with sticks and blades was so cool!  You can't help but fall for him.

Julie Kagawa's spin-off series took off immediately, sucked me in at once, and held me by the throat the entire time.  Her writing was fast-paced and engaging, her story and narrative rich with description and detail that makes it all just come alive.  You truly believe that there is a Nevernever because she makes it so real.  I am dying to read book two!  Great start to a new series.

If you liked this book, check out the original story that started it all:

 
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