The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Dear Julie Kagawa,

You better not look in the windows, since I would be there, stalking you and make sure you’re still writing…..

just gimme the NEXT book!!!!

Sign,

This Scary Cat

The Lost Prince is the spin off from the Iron Fey’s series that centered on the life of Meghan Chase’s teenage brother, Ethan Chase. When Ethan was 4 years old, he was kidnapped by the faerie into the other dimension and was saved by his sister. After countless events, his sister were unable to return to the human realm and her family was forced to pronounced her dead and Ethan felt betrayed by his sister who left him to live with the fae who had ruined his life forever.

Years later, Ethan became an anti-social and troubled teenager who can still see through the glamour of a fae. This curse made him a beacon to the dangerous things in the night that wanted to play pranks on him or eat him for supper. In the beginning of the book, he got himself transferred into a school after he got expelled for allegedly burning a library down. He drew the attention of a school reporter, Kenzie and a half-breed Todd with whom Ethan had accidentally helped when he saw Todd being bullied by a couple jocks. One rainy day, Todd came to Ethan for help when he started to attracted the attention of something big. A day later, Todd went missing and Ethan found himself facing off against a ghostly fae who threatened him to stay away or risked everyone getting hurt by them. And things went ugly fast…

Unlike “The Immortal Rules” (which I had lukewarm response to), The Lost Prince is another well-written sequel to one of the finest YA Fantasy-Sidhe series that I’ve read. The plot began its pace linear and I was immediately immersed by the story and to the newer characters whom I had grown to appreciate and love. There were very few books from the YA genre that are written by female in male Point-of-View and Julie had nailed it with the main character, Ethan Chase. He is a very complicated person who understand what its like to have someone robbed of his freedom and to have people around him getting hurt because of him. He tried his best to alienate everyone who wanted to be close to him and lived in constant state of ‘broodism’ to try to keep everyone safe. Or so he think.

Frankly, for a teenager, he certainly have a huge issue going on. He does reminded me of Jeremy Gilbert with Elena trying to keep him in the dark about the whole people dying and vampire issues in Mystic Falls especially with how he’s a human and everyone seemed to want to coddle him or something.

Despite the existence of the the naked torso cover, the entire content in the book is very appealing to either gender. For a teenage-oriented book, there’s a lot of serious overtone in the book. There are family problems, peer pressure and avoidance, politics and some teenage issues. There’s also some romance, and most importantly, a lot of action like sword fighting, martial arts and scary fae with piranha-teeth. Unlike a bunch of YA spin-offs, The Lost Prince opened up with a character that are familiar but different at the same time. This allowed a space for previous readers to refresh their experience into the storylines while at the same time it let readers who don’t want to read the previous book  to experience the appeal of the YA series. Somehow, it does guarantee the continuation of some of the Iron Fey’s characters with unresolved storylines and by bringing newer conflict to the faerie-world, things will be getting bigger and much more deadlier than before.

I thought I had some closure with the Iron Fey series and that I could curb all my curiosity by reading this book but no, I want and hunger for more. Now that I read the book, earlier than when it should be, I am doomed to spend additional months for the next book.

I’m so sad… so very very sad…

The Lost Prince will be published on 23rd October and the ARC is by courtesy of Harlequin Teen via Net Galley.

yeeeaaaa

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