Monday, November 12, 2012

The Lost Prince, by Julie Kagawa- Review

From Goodreads:
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.

I'm a huge fan of Julie's books.  The first Iron Fey series and the first book in the Immortal Rules are all some of my favourites.  She does a lot of things I like, strong heroines, great sense of humour, intriguing twists and excellent complex love interests.  So when I heard a second Iron Fey series was coming down the line I was all over it like icing on cupcakes. Mmmmm, cupcakes.

I was very interested in a story with a new set of characters, set in the Nevernever, and I loved the idea that they would follow Meghan's brother Ethan, the instigator of the first series.  I was surprised when she wrote a letter to her fans talking about how she hoped they would give these new characters a chance and not be looking for another Puck/Meghan/Ash story.  Pfft, silly inflexible readers, I thought.

And then very stupidly, I was disappointed by these new characters, and was left feeling like The Lost Prince just didn't have the heart that the original Iron Fey series has.  I was flummoxed by this.  I wanted to love this book, I was fully prepared to be swept off my feet, and I kept patiently waiting for it to happen.

Ethan was far too angsty for my liking.  His deep seeded bitterness with every single aspect of Faerie, including Meghan got old after awhile, and it made it hard for me to like him.  But it also eventually made the story somewhat untenable to me.  Why would Ethan ever care to help the faeries with their newest problem members.  Because he never really warms up to anyone, the reasons given never really seemed believable to me either.

Kierran is just too one dimensional to me.  I was the most disappointed by him.  I was dying to meet this progeny of Ash and Meghan, and he was just a mostly flat character with a lovers dilemma that mirrored his parents.  Of course, since he's the driving force behind this series, what with that omen and all, I hope he'll flesh out considerably with his strange relationship with the Lady.  But for now he was distinctly uninteresting.

The love interest ____, was also distinctly dull.  It's possible I'm bored because she's human and who needs TWO WHOLE humans in a book about the fey?  But I also don't understand her attraction to bratty Ethan.  _____'s big secret, the thing we find out (late in the game) makes her tick, was downright cliche, and once again I'm left wondering what it brings to, or adds to the story.

Finally, the tiny bursts of Ash, Meghan, Puck, Leannside and Grimalkin were a bit of a tease.  Because you're seeing them through Ethan's eyes, the reader is experiencing them very differently.  It felt like I hardly knew them at all, instead of being characters I was involved with.  It was disappointing, especially when I found Grimalkin and Puck weren't nearly as amusing when seen through Ethan's unimpressed eyes.

Not a terrible book, but certainly not as exciting as I expected, hopefully book two will blow me away and cause me to fall for these currently bland characters.  Fingers crossed.

The Lost Prince, by Julie Kagawa
Published by Harlequin Teen, October 23rd, 2012
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