The Lost Prince is the first in a companion, or continuation series of The Iron Fey series, and I was looking forward to seeing how this world has changed in the 13 years that have gone by.
Here's the summary 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 just have to say, before I say anything else, that The Lost Prince reminded me why I fell in love with the Iron Fey series in the first place.
What I Liked: 1) Ethan. Remember the bright-eyed, curious little boy from Meghan's story? Well, he's back and now he's a 17 year old bad-ass martial artist with a serious attitude. It's funny because when I was reading the first books I just wanted to protect him. Now he's a dangerous bad boy with an attitude that I think most girls can hardly resist (especially on paper). Anyone who loved the first books will definitely enjoy seeing what Ethan has grown up to become. 2) Back into the Fey. Heh - that was supposed to be funny. The Fey world of both the Nevernever and the parts of the human world that they inhabit are fascinating, and it's only become more so now. For me, the differences are tangible, and I'm amazed that Miz Kagawa has brought these places to life so vividly that just turning the page from one place to the next feels like stepping through a portal to another world. 3) Old friends. Some of my old favorites have made a reappearance in The Lost Prince, and I'm so very glad they did, because I didn't think it would be the same without them. I won't say who for spoiler reasons, but that's something fans can look forward to. 4) A whole new story. 13 years later, it's a completely different story. This isn't some continuation of what Meghan had going on when she had her first encounter with the Nevernever, no this is Ethan's story in his own right and had Meghan and others not been mentioned, it could be it's own wonderful, standalone series. 5) The love story. I don't think a faery tale is incomplete without a romantic angle, and Miz Kagawa delivers. I was holding my breath at one point waiting for The Moment. You know, the one where they realize...it's good. Trust me.
What I Didn't Like: I loved it all. I'm not wild about the cover though.
Overall Thoughts: Again, I'll say this book reminded me of what I loved about the series. The writing is incredible, the characters are rich, interesting, and have such great back stories that they become your friends instead of characters on a page. And the plot keeps you completely engaged from page one. I can't say how awesome I thought this book was and absolutely cannot wait for the next book!
My Rating: 5 shots