Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Ever wondered about an Iron Fey series with Ethan as a main character? In The Lost Prince, Ethan’s point of view gives the reader a new perspective on the Iron Fey series. Some readers, like me, may find it a little difficult to get into his head and even like him, at first. He is angry and problematic. He doesn’t seem to like many people and his gift for seeing the fey world doesn’t even have a large impact in the novel for the first few chapters. However, the reader should not write Ethan off as a lost cause. He does have a reason for his perpetual grouchiness.

Kenzie manages to break through Ethan’s shell. She doesn’t let him get away with his grouchy ways around her and adds a humorous element to the novel. Sometimes, how Ethan acts and thinks around Kenzie can be annoying; he can be very rude to her. We also meet Kieran, an enigmatic and charismatic mystery. Many of the same characters the reader came to love in the Iron Fey series return; most do not make too large of an appearance, however.

The story revolves around Ethan avoiding his gift. He doesn’t want anything to do with the land of the fey. His distaste for them is literally palpable throughout the book. When someone he holds dear to him, even if he won’t admit it, is negatively affected by the fey, he must decide whether to break his promise to himself to have nothing to do with the fey. His decision will lead him on an adventure and help him to grow more mature.

The story itself was good. Julie Kagawa has a way of writing that will make the reader stay up late into the night. However, Ethan’s bad attitude and grouchy ways made it harder to enjoy the story. His lack of respect, at times, towards Kenzie was a turn-off. The plot was fine and the ending will make the reader place the next in the series on his/her wishlist. Overall, this book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Also by Julie Kagawa: The Immortal Rules, The Iron QueenThe Iron DaughterThe Iron King 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin Teen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.