The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: October 23rd 2012
My rating: 2.5 stars
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.
The Lost Prince was an entertaining adventure, a story that any fan of Kagawa’s Fey series will enjoy.
When we last left off, Ethan Chase was the toddler/younger brother of Meghan Chase, one who also had “The Sight,” in other words, he could see faeries. He has nothing but contempt for the Fey. In his mind they took his sister and have made his everyday life a nightmare. Now at sixteen, Ethan tries to stay out of trouble but with the Fey in his life, this is impossible. He keeps every one at a distance for fear of bringing his problems onto to them as well. After getting kicked out of this last school for starting a library fire, during a Fey altercation, Ethan is plopped into the middle of the school year and has to deal with fitting in and the rumors of his delinquency that follow him. Enter Mackenzie St. James, the fearless girl-reporter that won’t take “no” for an answer. She’s determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious “bad-boy” Ethan, and what makes him tick. Unfortunately for her, this propels her straight into trouble, because wherever Ethan is, the Fey are sure to be nearby.
I must admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Kagawa’s Fey series. I didn’t dislike the series, but I wasn’t blown away by it. There are legions of fans that have a completely different opinion, so I may not be the best judge for this story. Detailed and descriptive world-building usually leaves me yawning, and Kagawa is the queen of world-building. I had fun reading this but it didn’t knock my socks off. I felt like both Ethan and Kenzie’s voices were very young, so I had a hard time connecting to either one of them. I’m big on character development, and I feel these stories are more world-building and plot driven. With that said, the plot wasn’t something surprising or out of the ordinary, and I guessed a couple of the twists without much thought.