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The Lost Prince

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The Lost Prince

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427 pages
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Nov 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781459244511
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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 costsincluding his reputationbegin 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 worldthe 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.

Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014

Publisher:
Released:
Nov 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781459244511
Format:
Book

About the author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.


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  • I wasn’t going to go crying to Meghan, not for this or anything. Meghan had left us; she was no longer part of this family. As far as I was concerned, she was Faery through and through. And I’d been through enough faery torment to last several lifetimes.

  • I needed to talk to my sister, not just to ask about my nephew and the “other” side of my family, but to let her know that I understood. I knew why she left us so long ago. Or at least, I was beginning to.

  • Leaning back in the chair, I stared at it for a long while. The paper was wrinkled and brittle now, yellow with age, and smelled of old newspapers. It had one word written across the front: Ethan. My name, in my sister’s handwriting.

  • I did feel a sharp chill at my back, and realized I was pushing Ash dangerously, as well, speaking to his queen like that. My relation to Meghan was likely the only thing keeping him from drawing his sword and demanding I apologize.

  • I suddenly realized the irony: here I was, wishing I could give someone back their magic, to return them to the world of Faery, when a few days ago I didn’t want anything to do with the fey.When did I change so much?

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The Lost Prince - Julie Kagawa

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Part I

Chapter One

New Kid

My name is Ethan Chase.

And I doubt I’ll live to see my eighteenth birthday.

That’s not me being dramatic; it just is. I just wish I hadn’t pulled so many people into this mess. They shouldn’t have to suffer because of me. Especially…her. God, if I could take back anything in my life, I would never have shown her my world, the hidden world all around us. I knew better than to let her in. Once you see Them, they’ll never leave you alone. They’ll never let you go. Maybe if I’d been strong, she wouldn’t be here with me as our seconds tick away, waiting to die.

It all started the day I transferred to a new school. Again.

* * *

The alarm clock went off at 6:00 a.m., but I had been awake for an hour, getting ready for another day in my weird, screwed-up life. I wish I was one of those guys who roll out of bed, throw on a shirt and are ready to go, but sadly, my life isn’t that normal. For instance, today I’d filled the side pockets of my backpack with dried Saint-John’s-wort and stuffed a canister of salt in with my pens and notebook. I’d also driven three nails into the heels of the new boots Mom had bought me for the semester. I wore an iron cross on a chain beneath my shirt, and just last summer I’d gotten my ears pierced with metal studs. Originally, I’d gotten a lip ring and an eyebrow bar, too, but Dad had thrown a roof-shaking fit when I came home like that, and the studs were the only things I’d been allowed to keep.

Sighing, I spared a quick glance at myself in the mirror, making sure I looked as unapproachable as possible. Sometimes, I catch Mom looking at me sadly, as if she wonders where her little boy went. I used to have curly brown hair like Dad, until I took a pair of scissors and hacked it into jagged, uneven spikes. I used to have bright blue eyes like Mom and, apparently, like my sister. But over the years, my eyes have become darker, changing to a smoky-blue-gray—from constant glaring, Dad jokes. I never used to sleep with a knife under my mattress, salt around my windows, and a horseshoe over my door. I never used to be brooding and hostile and impossible. I used to smile more, and laugh. I rarely do any of that now.

I know Mom worries about me. Dad says it’s normal teenage rebellion, that I’m going through a phase, and that I’ll grow out of it. Sorry, Dad. But my life is far from normal. And I’m dealing with it the only way I know how.

Ethan? Mom’s voice drifted into the room from beyond the door, soft and hesitant. It’s past six. Are you up?

I’m up. I grabbed my backpack and swung it over my white shirt, which was inside out, the tag poking up from the collar. Another small quirk my parents have gotten used to. I’ll be right out.

Grabbing my keys, I left my room with that familiar sense of resignation and dread stealing over me. Okay, then. Let’s get this day over with.

I have a weird family.

You’d never know it by looking at us. We seem perfectly normal; a nice American family living in a nice suburban neighborhood, with nice clean streets and nice neighbors on either side. Ten years ago we lived in the swamps, raising pigs. Ten years ago we were poor, backwater folk, and we were happy. That was before we moved into the city, before we joined civilization again. My dad didn’t like it at first; he’d spent his whole life as a farmer. It was hard for him to adjust, but he did, eventually. Mom finally convinced him that we needed to be closer to people, that I needed to be closer to people, that the constant isolation was bad for me. That was what she told Dad, of course, but I knew the real reason. She was afraid. She was afraid of Them, that They would take me away again, that I would be kidnapped by faeries and taken into the Nevernever.

Yeah, I told you, my family is weird. And that’s not even the worst of it.

Somewhere out there, I have a sister. A half sister I haven’t seen in years, and not because she’s busy or married or across the ocean in some other country.

No, it’s because she’s a queen. A faery queen, one of Them, and she can’t ever come home.

Tell me that’s not messed up.

Of course, I can’t ever tell anyone. To normal humans, the fey world is hidden—glamoured and invisible. Most people wouldn’t see a goblin if it sauntered up and bit them on the nose. There are very few mortals cursed with the Sight, who can see faeries lurking in dark corners and under beds. Who know that the creepy feeling of being watched isn’t just their imagination, and that the noises in the cellar or the attic aren’t really the house settling.

Lucky me. I happen to be one of them.

My parents worry, of course, Mom especially. People already think I’m weird, dangerous, maybe a little crazy. Seeing faeries everywhere will do that to you. Because if the fey know you can see them, they tend to make your life a living hell. Last year, I was kicked out of school for setting fire to the library. What could I tell them? I was innocent because I was trying to escape a redcap motley that followed me in from the street? And that wasn’t the first time the fey had gotten me into trouble. I was the bad kid, the one the teachers spoke about in hushed voices, the quiet, dangerous kid whom everyone expected would end up on the evening news for some awful, shocking crime. Sometimes, it was infuriating. I didn’t really care what they thought of me, but it was hard on Mom, so I tried to be good, futile as it was.

This semester, I’d be going to a new school, a new location. A place I could start clean, but it wouldn’t matter. As long as I could see the fey, they would never leave me alone. All I could do was protect myself and my family, and hope I wouldn’t end up hurting anyone else.

Mom was at the kitchen table when I came out, waiting for me. Dad wasn’t around. He worked the graveyard shift at UPS and often slept till the middle of the afternoon. Usually, I’d see him only at dinner and on weekends. That’s not to say he was happily oblivious when it came to my life; Mom might know me better, but Dad had no problem doling out punishments if he thought I was slacking, or if Mom complained. I’d gotten one D in science two years ago, and it was the last bad grade I’d ever received.

Big day, Mom greeted me as I tossed the backpack on the counter and opened the fridge, reaching for the orange juice. Are you sure you know the way to your new school?

I nodded. I’ve got it set to my phone’s GPS. It’s not that far. I’ll be fine.

She hesitated. I knew she didn’t want me driving there alone, even though I’d worked my butt off saving up for a car. The rusty, gray-green pickup sitting next to Dad’s truck in the driveway represented an entire summer of work—flipping burgers, washing dishes, mopping up spilled drinks and food and vomit. It represented weekends spent working late, watching other kids my age hanging out, kissing girlfriends, tossing away money like it fell from the sky. I’d earned that truck, and I certainly wasn’t going to take the freaking bus to school.

But because Mom was watching me with that sad, almost fearful look on her face, I sighed and muttered, Do you want me to call you when I get there?

No, honey. Mom straightened, waving it off. It’s all right, you don’t have to do that. Just…please be careful.

I heard the unspoken words in her voice. Be careful of Them. Don’t attract their attention. Don’t let Them get you into trouble. Try to stay in school this time.

I will.

She hovered a moment longer, then placed a quick peck on my cheek and wandered into the living room, pretending to be busy. I drained my juice, poured another glass, and opened the fridge to put the container back.

As I closed the door, a magnet slipped loose and pinged to the floor, and the note it was holding fluttered to the ground. Kali demonstration, Sat., it read. I picked it up, and I let myself feel a tiny bit nervous. I’d started taking kali, a Filipino martial art, several years ago, to better protect myself from the things I knew were out there. I was drawn to kali because not only did it teach how to defend yourself empty-handed, it also taught stick, knife and sword work. And in a world of dagger-toting goblins and sword-wielding gentry, I wanted to be ready for anything. This weekend, our class was putting on a demonstration at a martial arts tournament, and I was part of the show.

If I could stay out of trouble that long, anyway. With me, it was always harder than it looked.

* * *

Starting a new school in the middle of the fall semester sucks.

I should know. I’ve done all this before. The struggle to find your locker, the curious stares in the hallway, the walk of shame to your desk in your new classroom, twenty or so pairs of eyes following you down the aisle.

Maybe third time’s the charm, I thought morosely, slumping into my seat, which, thankfully, was in the far corner. I felt the heat from two dozen stares on the top of my head and ignored them all. Maybe this time I can make it through a semester without getting expelled. One more year—just give me one more year and then I’m free. At least the teacher didn’t stand me up at the front of the room and introduce me to everyone; that would’ve been awkward. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why they thought such humiliation was necessary. It was hard enough to fit in without having a spotlight turned on you the first day.

Not that I’d be doing any fitting in.

I continued to feel curious glances directed at my corner, and I concentrated on not looking up, not making eye contact with anyone. I heard people whispering and hunched down even more, studying the cover of my English book.

Something landed on my desk: a half sheet of notebook paper, folded into a square. I didn’t look up, not wanting to know who’d lobbed it at me. Slipping it beneath the desk, I opened it in my lap and looked down.

U the guy who burned down his school? it read in messy handwriting.

Sighing, I crumpled the note in my fist. So they’d already heard the rumors. Perfect. Apparently, I’d been in the local paper: a juvenile thug who was seen fleeing the scene of the crime. But because no one had actually witnessed me setting the library on fire, I was able to avoid being sent to jail. Barely.

I caught giggles and whispers somewhere to my right, and then another folded piece of paper hit my arm. Annoyed, I was going to trash the note without reading it this time, but curiosity got the better of me, and I peeked quickly.

Did u really knife that guy in Juvie?

Mr. Chase.

Miss Singer was stalking down the aisle toward me, her severe expression making her face look pinched behind her glasses. Or maybe that was just the dark, tight bun pulling at her skin, causing her eyes to narrow. Her bracelets clinked as she extended her hand and waggled her fingers at me. Her tone was no-nonsense. Let’s have it, Mr. Chase.

I held up the note in two fingers, not looking at her. She snatched it from my hand. After a moment, she murmured, See me after class.

Damn. Thirty minutes into a new semester and I was already in trouble. This didn’t bode well for the rest of the year. I slumped farther, hunching my shoulders against all prying eyes, as Miss Singer returned to the front and continued the lesson.

* * *

I remained in my seat after class was dismissed, listening to the sounds of scraping chairs and shuffling bodies, bags being tossed over shoulders. Voices surged around me, students talking and laughing with each other, gelling into their own little groups. As they began to file out, I finally looked up, letting my gaze wander over the few still lingering. A blond boy with glasses stood at Miss Singer’s desk, rambling on while she listened with calm amusement. From the eager, puppy-dog look in his eyes, it was clear he was either suffering from major infatuation or was gunning for teacher’s pet.

A group of girls stood by the door, clustered like pigeons, cooing and giggling. I saw several of the guys staring at them as they left, hoping to catch their eye, only to be disappointed. I snorted softly. Good luck with that. At least three of the girls were blonde, slender and beautiful, and a couple wore extremely short skirts that gave a fantastic view of their long, tanned legs. This was obviously the school’s pom squad, and guys like me—or anyone who wasn’t a jock or rich—had no chance.

And then, one of the girls turned and looked right at me.

I glanced away, hoping that no one noticed. Cheerleaders, I’d discovered, usually dated large, overly protective football stars whose policy was punch first, ask questions later. I did not want to find myself pressed up against my locker or a bathroom stall on my first day, about to get my face smashed in, because I’d had the gall to look at the quarterback’s girlfriend. I heard more whispers, imagined fingers pointed my way, and then a chorus of shocked squeaks and gasps reached my corner.

She’s really going to do it, someone hissed, and then footsteps padded across the room. One of the girls had broken away from the pack and was approaching me. Wonderful.

Go away, I thought, shifting farther toward the wall. I have nothing you want or need. I’m not here so you can prove that you’re not scared of the tough new kid, and I do not want to get in a fight with your meathead boyfriend. Leave me alone.

Hi.

Resigned, I turned and stared into the face of a girl.

She was shorter than the others, more perky and cute than graceful and beautiful. Her long, straight hair was inky-black, though she had dyed a few strands around her face a brilliant sapphire. She wore sneakers and dark jeans, tight enough to hug her slender legs, but not looking like she’d painted them on. Warm brown eyes peered down at me as she stood with her hands clasped behind her, shifting from foot to foot, as if it was impossible for her to stay still.

Sorry about the note, she continued, as I shifted back to eye her warily. I told Regan not to do it—Miss Singer has eyes like a hawk. We didn’t mean to get you in trouble. She smiled, and it lit up the room. My heart sank; I didn’t want it to light up the room. I didn’t want to notice anything about this girl, especially the fact that she was extremely attractive. "I’m Kenzie. Well, Mackenzie is my full name, but everyone calls me Kenzie. Don’t call me Mac or I’ll slug you."

Behind her, the rest of the girls gaped and whispered to each other, shooting us furtive glances. I suddenly felt like some kind of exhibit at the zoo. Resentment simmered. I was just a curiosity to them; the dangerous new kid to be stared at and gossiped about.

And…you are…? Kenzie prompted.

I looked away. Not interested.

Okay. Wow. She sounded surprised, but not angry, not yet. That’s…not what I was expecting.

Get used to it. Inwardly, I cringed at the sound of my own voice. I was being a dick; I was fully aware of that. I was also fully aware that I was murdering any hope for acceptance in this place. You didn’t talk this way to a cute, popular cheerleader without becoming a social pariah. She would go back to her friends, and they would gossip, and more rumors would spread, and I’d be shunned for the rest of the year.

Good, I thought, trying to convince myself. That’s what I want. No one gets hurt this way. Everyone can just leave me alone.

Except…the girl wasn’t leaving. From the corner of my eye, I saw her lean back and cross her arms, still with that lopsided grin on her face. No need to be nasty, she said, seeming unconcerned with my aggressiveness. I’m not asking for a date, tough guy, just your name.

Why was she still talking to me? Wasn’t I making myself clear? I didn’t want to talk. I didn’t want to answer her questions. The longer I spoke to anyone, the greater the chance that They would notice, and then the nightmare would begin again. It’s Ethan, I muttered, still staring at the wall. I forced the next words out. Now piss off.

Huh. Well, aren’t we hostile. My words were not having the effect I wanted. Instead of driving her off, she seemed almost…excited. What the hell? I resisted the urge to glance at her, though I still felt that smile, directed at me. I was just trying to be nice, seeing as it’s your first day and all. Are you like this with everyone you meet?

Miss St. James. Our teacher’s voice cut across the room. Kenzie turned, and I snuck a peek at her. I need to speak with Mr. Chase, Miss Singer continued, smiling at Kenzie. Go to your next class, please.

Kenzie nodded. Sure, Miss Singer. Glancing back, she caught me looking at her and grinned before I could look away. See ya around, tough guy.

I watched her bounce back to her friends, who surrounded her, giggling and whispering. Sneaking unsubtle glances back at me, they filed through the door into the hall, leaving me alone with the teacher.

Come here, Mr. Chase, if you would. I don’t want to shout at you over the classroom.

I pulled myself up and walked down the aisle to slouch into a front-row desk. Miss Singer’s sharp black eyes watched me over her glasses before she launched into a lecture about her no-tolerance policy for horseplay, and how she understood my situation, and how I could make something of myself if I just focused. As if that was all there was to it.

Thanks, but you might as well save your breath. I’ve heard this all before. How difficult it must be, moving to a new school, starting over. How bad my life at home must be. Don’t act like you know what I’m going through. You don’t know me. You don’t know anything about my life. No one does.

If I had any say in it, no one ever would.

* * *

I got through my next two classes the same way—by ignoring everyone around me. When lunchtime rolled around, I watched the students filing down the hall toward the cafeteria, then turned and went in the opposite direction.

My fellow classmates were starting to get to me. I wanted to be outside, away from the crowds and curious looks. I didn’t want to be trapped at a table by myself, dreading that someone would come up and talk. No one would do it to be friendly, I was fairly certain. By now, that girl and her friends had probably spread the story of our first meeting through the whole school, maybe embellishing a few things, like how I called her awful names but somehow came on to her at the same time. Regardless, I didn’t want to deal with angry boyfriends and indignant questions. I wanted to be left alone.

I turned a corner into another hall, intent on finding an isolated part of the school where I could eat in peace, and stumbled across the very thing I was trying to avoid.

A boy stood with his back to the lockers, thin shoulders hunched, his expression sullen and trapped. Standing in front of him were two larger boys, broad-shouldered and thick-necked, leering down at the kid they had pinned against the wall. For a second, I thought the kid had whiskers. Then he looked at me, quietly pleading, and through a mop of straw-colored hair, I caught a flash of orange eyes and two furred ears poking up from his head.

I swore. Quietly, using a word Mom would tear my head off for. These two idiots had no idea what they were doing. They couldn’t See what he really was, of course. The human they had cornered was one of Them, one of the fey, or at least part fey. The term half-breed shot through my mind, and I clenched my fist around my lunch bag. Why? Why couldn’t I ever be free of them? Why did they dog me every step of my life?

Don’t lie to me, freak, one of the jocks was saying, shoving the boy’s shoulder back into the lockers. He had short, ruddy hair and was a little smaller than his bull-necked companion but not by much. Regan saw you hanging around my car yesterday. You think it’s funny that I nearly ran off the road? Huh? He shoved him again, making a hollow clang against the lockers. That snake didn’t crawl in there by itself.

I didn’t do it! the half-breed protested, flinching from the blow. I caught the flash of pointed canines when he opened his mouth, but of course, the two jocks couldn’t see that. Brian, I swear, that wasn’t me.

Yeah? So, you calling Regan a liar, then? the smaller one asked, then turned to his friend. I think the freak just called Regan a liar, did you hear that, Tony? Tony scowled and cracked his knuckles, and Brian turned back to the half-breed. That wasn’t very smart of you, loser. Why don’t we pay a visit to the bathroom? You can get reacquainted with Mr. Toilet.

Oh, great. I did not need this. I should turn around and walk away. He’s part faery, my rational mind thought. Get mixed up in this, and you’ll attract Their attention for sure.

The half-breed cringed, looking miserable but resigned. Like he was used to this kind of treatment.

I sighed. And proceeded to do something stupid.

Well, I’m so glad this place has the same gorilla-faced morons as my old school, I said, not moving from where I stood. They whirled on me, eyes widening, and I smirked. What’s the matter, Daddy cut off your allowance this month, so you have to beat it out of the losers and freaks? Does practice not give you enough manhandling time?

Who the hell are you? The smaller jock, Brian, took a menacing step forward, getting in my face. I gazed back at him, still smirking. This your boyfriend, then? He raised his voice. You got a death wish, fag?

Now, of course, we were beginning to attract attention. Students who had been averting their eyes and pretending not to see the trio against the locker began to hover, as if sensing violence on the air. Murmurs of Fight rippled through the crowd, gaining speed, until it felt as if the entire school was watching this little drama play out in the middle of the hall. The boy they’d been picking on, the half-breed, gave me a fearful, apologetic look and scurried off, vanishing into the crowd. You’re welcome, I thought, resisting the urge to roll my eyes. Well, I had stepped into this pile of crap—I might as well go all out.

New kid, grunted Brian’s companion, stepping away from the lockers, looming behind the other. The one from Southside.

Oh, yeah. Brian glanced at his friend, then back at me. His lip curled in disdain. You’re that kid who shanked his cellmate in juvie, he continued, raising his voice for the benefit of the crowd. After setting fire to the school and pulling a knife on a teacher.

I raised an eyebrow. Really? That’s a new one.

Scandalized gasps and murmurs went through the student body, gaining speed like wildfire. This would be all over school tomorrow. I wondered how many more crimes I could add to my already lengthy imaginary list.

You think you’re tough, fag? Bolstered by the mob, Brian stepped closer, crowding me, an evil smile on his face. So you’re an arsonist and a criminal, big deal. You think I’m scared of you?

At least one more.

I straightened, going toe-to-toe with my opponent. Arsonist, huh? I said, matching his sneer with my own. And here I thought you were as stupid as you look. Did you learn that big word in English today?

His face contorted, and he swung at me. We were extremely close, so it was a nasty right hook, coming straight at my jaw. I ducked beneath it and shoved his arm as the fist went by, pushing him into the wall. Howls and cheers rose around us as Brian spun furiously and swung at me a second time. I twisted away, keeping my fists close to my cheeks, boxer style, to defend myself.

Enough!

Teachers descended from nowhere, pulling us apart. Brian swore and fought to get to me, trying to shove past the teacher, but I let myself be pulled off to the side. The one who grabbed me kept a tight hold of my collar, as if I might break free and throw a punch at him.

Principal’s office, Kingston, ordered the teacher, steering Brian down the hall. Get moving. He glared back at me. You, too, new kid. And you better pray you don’t have a knife hidden somewhere on you, or you’ll be suspended before you can blink.

As they dragged me off to the principal’s office, I saw the half-faery watching me from the crowd. His orange eyes, solemn and grim, never left mine, until I was pulled around a corner and lost from view.

Chapter Two

Half-breed

I slumped in the chair in the principal’s office, arms crossed, waiting for the man across the desk to notice us. The gold sign on the mahogany surface read Richard S. Hill, Principal, though the sign’s owner hadn’t given us more than a glance when we were brought in. He sat with his eyes glued to the computer screen, a small, balding man with a beaky nose and razor-thin eyebrows, lowered into a frown. His mouth pursed as he scanned the screen, making us wait.

After a minute or two, the jock in the chair next to mine blew out an impatient sigh.

So, uh, do you need me anymore? he asked, leaning forward as if preparing to stand. I can go now, right?

Kingston, the principal said, finally glancing up. He blinked at Brian, then frowned again. You have a big game this weekend, don’t you? Yes, you can go. Just don’t get into any more trouble. I don’t want to hear about fights in the hallways, understand?

Sure, Mr. Hill. Brian stood, gave me a triumphant sneer, and swaggered out of the office.

Oh, that’s fair. Jock-boy was the one who threw the first punch, but we don’t want to jeopardize the team’s chance of winning the game, do we? I waited for the principal to notice me, but he had gone back to reading whatever was on the computer. Leaning back, I crossed my legs and gazed longingly out the door. The ticking of the clock filled the small room, and students stopped to stare at me through the window on the door before moving on.

You’ve quite the file, Mr. Chase, Hill finally said without looking up.

I suppressed a wince.

Fighting, truancy, hidden weapons, arson. He pushed back his chair, and those hard black eyes finally settled on me. Is there anything you’d like to add? Like assaulting the school’s star quarterback on your very first day? Mr. Kingston’s father is part of the school board, in case you did not realize.

I didn’t start that fight, I muttered. He was the one who swung at me.

Oh? You were just minding your own business, then? The principal’s sallow lips curled in a faint smile. He swung at you out of nowhere?

I met his gaze. He and his football buddy were about to stick some kid’s head down a toilet. I stepped in before they could. Jock-boy didn’t appreciate me ruining his fun, so he tried smashing my face in. I shrugged. Sorry if I like my face as it is.

Your attitude does you no credit, Mr. Chase, Hill said, frowning at me. And you should have gotten a teacher to take care of it. You’re on very thin ice as it is. He folded pale, spiderlike hands on his desk and leaned forward. Since it is your first day here, I’ll let you go with a warning this time. But I will be watching you, Mr. Chase. Step out of line again, and I won’t be so lenient. Do you understand?

I shrugged. Whatever.

His eyes glinted. Do you think you’re special, Mr. Chase? A note of contempt had entered his voice now. Do you think you’re the only ‘troubled youth’ to sit in this office? I’ve seen your kind before, and they all go the same way—straight to prison, or the streets, or dead in the gutter somewhere. If that’s the path you want, then, by all means, keep going down this road. Drop out. Get a dead-end job somewhere. But don’t waste this school’s time trying to educate you. And don’t drag those who are going somewhere down with you. He jerked his head at the door. Now get out of my office. And don’t let me see you here again.

Fuming, I pulled myself upright and slid out the door.

The hallways were empty; everyone was back in their classrooms, well into postlunch stupor, counting down the minutes to the final bell. For a moment, I considered going home, leaving this sorry excuse of a new school and a clean start, and just accepting the fact that I would never fit in and be normal. No one would ever give me the chance.

But I couldn’t go home, because Mom would be there. She wouldn’t say anything, but she would look at me with that sad, guilty, disappointed expression, because she wanted so badly for me to succeed, to be normal. She was hoping that this time, things would work out. If I went home early, no matter the reason, Mom would tell me I could try again tomorrow, and then she would probably lock herself in her room and cry a little.

I couldn’t face that. It would be worse than the lecture Dad would give me if he found out I skipped class. Plus, he’d been very fond of groundings lately, and I didn’t want to risk another one.

It’s just a couple more hours, I told myself and reluctantly started back to class, which would be the middle of trig by now, joy of joys. Why did every curriculum decide to teach math right after lunch when everyone was half-asleep? You can survive a couple more hours. What else can happen, anyway?

I should’ve known better.

As I turned a corner, I got that cold, prickly sensation on the back of my neck, the one that always told me I was being watched. Normally, I would’ve ignored it, but right then, I was angry and less focused than usual. I turned, glancing behind me.

The half-breed stood at the end of the hall next to the bathroom entrance, watching me in the frame. His eyes glowed orange, and the tips of his furry ears twitched in my direction.

Something hovered beside him, something small and humanoid, with buzzing dragonfly wings and dark green skin. It blinked huge black eyes at me, bared its teeth in a razor grin, then zipped into the air, flying up toward the ceiling tiles.

Before I could stop myself, my gaze followed it. The piskie blinked, startled, and I realized my slip-up.

Furious, I wrenched my stare down, but it was too late. Dammit. Stupid, stupid mistake, Ethan. The half-breed’s eyes widened as he stared from me to the piskie, mouth gaping open. He knew. He knew I could see Them.

And now, They were aware, as well.

* * *

I managed to avoid the half-breed by going to class. When the last bell rang, I snatched up my backpack and hurried out the door, keeping my head down and hoping for a quick escape.

Unfortunately, he trailed me to the parking lot.

Hey, he said, falling into step beside me as we crossed the lot. I ignored him and continued on, keeping my gaze straight ahead. He trotted doggedly to keep up. Listen, I wanted to thank you. For what you did back there. Thanks for stepping in, I owe you. He paused, as if expecting me to say something. When I didn’t, he added, I’m Todd, by the way.

Whatever, I muttered, not looking directly at him. He frowned as if taken aback by the reaction, and I kept my expression blank and unfriendly. Just because I rescued you from the jock and his goon doesn’t mean we’re buds now. I saw your little friend. You’re playing with fire, and I want nothing to do with it. Go away. Todd hesitated, then followed me in silence for a few steps, but he didn’t leave.

Uh, so, he continued, lowering his voice as we approached the end of the lot. I had parked my truck as far as I could from the Mustangs and Camaros of my fellow students, wanting it to avoid notice, as well. When did you become able to see Them?

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  • (4/5)
    We’re back in the world of the Fey with Julie Kagawa, this time following Ethan as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of his friend at the hands of faeries. The Lost Prince introduces a lot of new characters but keeps us in touch with our old favourites from The Iron Fey series, and I enjoyed it a lot more than the original books.I didn’t get along with Meghan in the first series, if you recall, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t like Ethan very much either. But whereas I never really understood why Meghan felt so abandoned and woe-begotten, I understood Ethan’s feelings of otherness and sympathised with him a lot more. I also liked Kenzie, his school friend who gets sucked up into the madness that is Ethan’s life, a lot more than I had initially liked Prince Ash (the blasphemy!). In fact, I didn’t very much like Meghan and Ash in this book either: they only make small appearances but I think the way they handled themselves was positively abhorrent. Ethan, although silly and inept at making good decisions, is a lot more likeable than his sister and I think Kenzie handled the strange events in her life admirably.Since readers are presumably quite familiar with Nevernever, I found the balance between showing us Ethan’s reactions to the Iron Court and not overloading readers with information they already knew to be very good. It’s also really cool to see how many changes Meghan has brought about in the Iron Kingdom during her time as the Iron Queen: there’s a lot that’s familiar from our world, but changed to be more magical and reminiscent of the Fey. Julie Kagawa handled a lot of the world-building aspects well and I think the expansion into Ireland, New York and Maryland to be interesting (Sheep!).One of the most gratifying aspects of the book have to be the relationships forged between the new trio. Love triangles are getting OLD, and I am glad that Julie didn’t go down this path with Ethan, Kenzie and Kierran. Ethan and Kenzie both have secrets and have to work through a lot of personal issues before they can be honest to one another, and themselves, about their growing feelings. Similarly, it was cool to see them slowly begin to like and trust Kierran, especially Ethan because he’s inclined to instantly hate anything Fey. Having read Iron’s Prophesy, I’m curious to see how the story will develop between the three of them.The Lost Prince is a good start to what will no doubt be an interesting series. It’s a good read that is, in many ways, a lot smoother than The Iron King was. A must read for fans of The Iron Fey, I would suggest to new readers that they read the original series first because this book contains major spoilers for it. I’ll be looking forward to the sequel, The Traitor Son, with excitement.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic.
  • (3/5)
    I probably should have thought this one through more. I started on the Iron Fey series by this same author and while the first book was ok, I just couldn't get into any of the other ones, so they sit upon my shelves collecting dust.
    I struggled to get past the first part of this book, and it took me over a week to get up to page 207. The story is a good one and the writing is superb, apparently I just can't read books about the Fey, as they don't interest me. I guess my main problem was that even though the writing was amazing, I just really felt no connection to any of the characters. I couldn't put myself in their lives and see me doing any of the things they did. Ethan was a strong male lead and Kenzie makes the perfect female character, afraid but strong willed and doesn't really show that she can't handle what is going on. The Fey in the book, was mostly what I had previously read about in other books, goblins, gremlins, and the like; though there was the introduction of the new smokey/shadowy fey.
    I feel that I may be burnt out on Fey books for now and will try to come back to this and the Iron Fey series at a later date.
  • (4/5)
    Received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating.

    This was a fantastic story of the fae. Fans of Ms. Kagawa's The Iron Fey series will trip over themselves to read this as this one is from little Ethan Chase's point of view. Remember him? Four years old, the catalyst for Meghan, his older sister, becoming the Iron Queen? Yeaaaaaah, this is HIS story. Oh, don't worry, you get to see Puck/Robin Goodfellow, Ash, and Meghan, but briefly. The story centers around Ethan, Keirran, and Kenzie.

    What I really enjoyed about this book is that there is no love triangle. Ethan likes Kenzie, Kenzie likes Ethan, that's it. Keirran has his love interest, that's it. That's not to say there isn't complications to spice things up/give you heartache, but at least there isn't that formulaic, annoying love triangle, unrequited-love thing going on.

    Determined not to acknowledge the presence of faerie, Ethan has no choice but to break that resolve in order to save a friend and to protect this girl (Kenzie) he is falling for.

    There are tidbits of teenage angst - bullying, parents being obtuse and not understanding or forgiving, internal dialogue overanalyzing self and actions, etc., - but they really define the characters and just work.

    This is book #1 for "Call of the Forgotten" so there should be more to come! But don't think you will be left hanging at the end of book one. While you can tell there is more to come, you aren't left at a cliffhanger. Sure there are unanswered questions, unresolved issues, but I found myself satisfied and content with the ending as opposed to ripping my hair out that I will have to wait a whole (year, years, decade) to find out if my characters are going to perish or not.

    I found the writing smooth and entrancing, the pace rolling at a fast clip with lots of action scenes. This one is going on my re-readable shelf. Fun, fantasy read set in the Nevernever!
  • (5/5)
    What an awesome start to a new series from Julie Kagawa. I always felt a little sorry for Ethan,kidnapped & terrorised by the fey then left behind by his sister (even if it was to keep him safe), I am so glad he finally got his own tale.

    This book was every bit as good as the original Iron Fey series and I loved the mix of old and new characters. However it wasn't just a continuation. This a whole new adventure. From the first page I was again drawn in to the fey realm and remained there for the matter of hours it too me to read this.

    Many first books in a series spend a lot of time setting up the series and not as much on the story. Maybe this is because we are already pretty familiar with the Faerie realm due to previous Iron Fey novels but I love that the main story of this book was a story in itself and resolved while still setting up the newest series in this world.

    As mentioned before, I always felt sorry for Ethan and Julie Kagawa uses this at the beginning of the book to Gain Ethan more empathy as we find out what Ethan's life has been like growing up being able to see THEM and even worse...They can see him! Even though at 17 he presents such a tough front, all I could see was the vulnerable four year old inside who though he had never quite gotten over what had happened to him and has had to deal with the fey all his life has still managed to grow up with a clear sense of right and wrong and though he may not admit it to himself, a wish that no one lose he cares about or is even acquainted with gets caught up in the crazy warped world of the Faery. Due to previous history I was always going to love him but the way he is written in this novel made it that much easier.

    Lastly, the plot line itself is intriguing and riveting as right from the beginning we want to know what this new menace is and why the fey exiles and half breeds are disappearing. Even better, what do find out is worth the wait!

    Overall, this is awesome read. Some developments I did pick up quite early on but this did not impede my overall enjoyment of the book.

    Julie Kagawa is at her best with this story. I give it 5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    EDIT: Cover for UK is gorgeous! :)

    Julie Kagawa never fails to impress me. From Fey to Vampires and back to Fey again... One of the best writer!

    First of all, I wish to interview Kagawa and ask a lot of stuff about The Lost Prince. Like for one thing, why the Filipino martial arts? I know Kali since I am a Filipino myself. Heck, we did it in school as part of our curriculum (both in Highschool and College). It's just that it's a bit weird to read an international best selling book with Filipino words. And it's like Kagawa is promoting my country or something even though she's not from Philippines and I am pretty thankful for that.

    Hmmm... Ethan Chase... We all know who is Ethan Chase, we all saw him in the first Iron Fey book where he was just a four year old kid. In The Lost Prince, he came back after 13 years? Since I believe he's seventeen year old now. And damn. He's so HOT, brooding kick-ass guy, and a jerk-face. :P I guess that really what makes him YUMMY. :D I like him a lot since he seriously could kick some faery ass-es with those rattan sticks (we also called it Arnis here in the Philippines).

    It's pretty cool martial arts. I like doing it back then. It resembles the Japanese Kendo, although in Kendo, you only got one stick and you're limited to forward and backward movements and the places where you can hit someone. In Arnis or Kali you get two rattan sticks, I still have those here in our house. You still have designated places where you can hit someone in practice, but you'll get to hit in every places. Well except the crotch.

    Mackenzie St. James or simply Kenzie... Am I the only one who didn't really like her from the start? ??? I mean, I'm really annoyed at her being nosy and pushing Ethan to his limit... I want to strangle her... But well, I guess it lessened when she confessed. But yes I don't like her very much from the start and now, just neutral. *shrugs*

    Then there's Kierran. He's a bit like Puck at first. Being kinda playful... but as the story goes on you'll see his father's side in him. We all know who's Kierran, right? That is if you read The Iron Prophecy... He's pretty important to Nevernever having all magic from the three courts, Summer, Winter and Iron. How cool is that?!

    I like how the story goes. From the first part, where Ethan was in school then the second part getting to Nevernever and the third one was being on the mission. It was divided pretty well. I can't ask for more well maybe except Kenzie be a bit less annoying. >_< The ending is not really a cliffhanger, but you'll end up having lots of unanswered questions in your head.

    4.5 stars! Definitely one of the best books I have ever read in this month. ;)
  • (3/5)
    Rating 3.5 stars

    I am a really big fan of Julie Kagawa. Her Iron Fae Series is one of the best YA Fantasy series that I have ever read... and I have been reading for a really,really long time. Julie is able to draw you in and make you care about her characters. You find yourself laughing and crying with them. Falling in love with some and hating others, but whatever you feel is felt deeply. She makes you apart of their world.

    Saying that, I must confess this book did not grap me the way her earlier books have. I wanted to care as deeply for this set of characters. The three main ones are Ethan (the little brother of Meghan Chase,all grown up now), Kenzie (A mortal girl accidentally drawn into the NeverNever with Ethan) and Keirran (The grown son of Ash and Meghan)seemed alittle pale and lifeless in comparison.

    The title of the 2nd book for this trilogy is "The Traitor Son" coming out in September of 2013. I can't wait to read it to see if the magic is again flowing not just in the book but from it as well.


    ARC ebook given from NetGallery for review.
  • (4/5)
    Well, this was absolutely the first book I had ever read by Julie Kagawa, and oh my gosh! I usually do not do the fangirl style review, and I am going to try very hard not to do that here, but I loved this book.

    When the story opens, Ethan strikes you as the brooding, "stay away from me, I am trouble" bad boy that he wants everyone to see him as. Because it is easier that way. Maybe it is even safer that way, for Ethan and for those around him. But no matter how hard he tries, things just are not going to work out to be safe and easy in Ethan's world, because Ethan knows to many secrets, and he can never escape who he is, who his family is, or what he is able to do.

    The world building in this story is amazing and I could actually picture every scene in my head, imagining as if I were watching a well-scripted movie instead of reading a book. The characters are great, and they have great depth, for the most part. I am still a little confused about the bully scene, with Kingston and his cronies, because I still just do not get how that fit into the story, but maybe I am naive and dense and silly. There were a few things that seemed overly foreshadowed, but I can get past that. Maybe because I have lived a while, maybe because of my obsession with things in the medical field, but I was able to guess pretty easily what Kenzie was hiding. My fair readers, of course, you will have to figure that out for yourself because I always try very hard to not give away spoilers, but it is going to make you want to cry for the duo.

    This book has everything. Fantasy worlds that could never really exist (or could they, now?), action, adventure, romance and some good old fashioned family drama. Because every book needs a little family drama, and in this case, it really does add to the story because without the family drama, some things just would not make sense, would they.

    I liked that the perception of fairies was so different in this book. It really kept you on your toes, because fairies in this case were not always friendly and helpful and fun. They were mischievous and dangerous and sometimes downright evil. I kind of like that.

    Disclaimer, I did get a copy of this book in ebook in exchange for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    Truly I couldn't get past the first few chapters of this teen-age angst "Bullies in the locker room and principals who could care less since they're super stars" book.. Suppose if I could get past that and into the fantasy world it may be better, but not worth my time.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed taking a trip back to the Nevernever with a new generation of characters.Ethan is the Iron Queen's brother. He has had a lot of bad things happen to him in his life. One of the worst was the disappearance of his sister from his life. He has a lot of anger that is directed to the fay, they make his life miserable.Ethan is forced to accept his past and embrace his future when a half-fairy disappears. He begins a journey into the Nevernever to save his friend. Along the way he discovers a softer side, love, family, and friendship.I had forgotten how much I enjoy Julie Kagawa's writing style. She tells the story from the first person using a voice that is entertaining and sarcastic. It is a mix that really works and keeps me wanting more. I waited far too long to read this book. I'm glad to get back into a story with some of my favorite characters.
  • (4/5)
    I quite liked this installment of the series. Ethan Chase has lived with certain rules all his life, don't look at Them, don't speak of Them and never enter Their world. However his life becomes compliclated when some faerie start disappearing, while he would kinda like to ignore this, one of them is a half-faerie fellow student.Through the story Ethan has to deal with his assumptions and open up to his fellow student MacKenzie (Kenzie) who is determined to fine out more about him and the situation. Their lives will never be the same again and Ethan has to deal with destiny and the sister he thought lost to him forever.I enjoyed it once Ethan started caring about others. I could understand the why but going through the angst was a climb.
  • (4/5)
    I liked it more than I thought I would. Ethan Chase is in some ways more interesting than Meghan Chase. Bring on the next book!
  • (4/5)
    I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, because I'm not huge into reading about 'the next generation' but I really enjoyed this book. Kagawa's stuff just keeps getting better! It tied in nicely with the original series (and I recommend reading The Iron Fey series first) but it felt like it was going to be it's own new story line!
  • (1/5)
    Ethan Chase is the half-brother to the Iron Queen, a young woman named Meghan who rules the Iron Fey. All his life the fey have tormented him in order to get at his sister, and as a human, he has no defenses. He's devoted himself to martial arts and never exposing his true feelings to anyone, but these defense mechanisms leave him isolated and lonely. Then half-breed fey and exiled fey start going missing, and Ethan is the only one who seems to notice or care. He travels to Meghan's court to inform her, but she doesn't seem interested in intervening. Instead, Ethan, the human girl he has a crush on, Ethan's fey nephew, and the nephew's love interest go adventuring on their own.

    I actually kinda liked Ethan's grumpy and angsty pov, but I hated all the other characters. Despite the fact that this is number 5 in a series (which I had no idea about when I picked it up, since the front and back cover call it "The Lost Prince: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1" but don't bother mentioning that there are a bunch of books I should've read first), the world building doesn't seem all that solid and it's filled with what I'd consider first-time-author tendencies, like having long non-plot-related sections and detailed descriptions of the author's martial art (kali) or overly purple descriptions of the main characters. And the dialog is just terrible. My least favorite came from Leanansidhe, who uses "pet" or darling every.single.sentence. For example: "I may be able to help with that, darling," Leanansidhe broke in. We looked up, and the Exile Queen smiled at Kenzie, twiddling her cigarette holder. "You are a spunky little thing, aren't you, pet?" Gag me. I read this only a few days ago, but I've already forgotten pretty much everything that happened, and with any luck it will completely pass from my memory within a few more days.
  • (3/5)
    This book will only really be appreciated by people who have read the Iron Fey series. Although I love the world, am happy to be back in it, and enjoy seeing familiar friends, I was a bit disappointed and felt that the plot was a bit light. I am keeping my hopes up though that this first book is just setting us up for something way more, since the Iron Fey series started off in a similar way.
  • (3/5)
    I am not sure why but it took me forever to get into this book. I read about 50% of it then took a few months break, then another 30% and another month break, and now I have FINALLY finished it. It was not for lack of story line or interesting plot, I just felt I was not invested in the characters. I think that I have mentioned that I have NOT read The Iron Fey series, I know about the plotline and the characters but since I didn't have all the back story I just could not get into this book.Ethan Chase is the main character of this series and is trying to find out what is happening to the half-breeds and exile fey. Ethan has been tormented by the fey all his life, so when you meet him, he is mostly a jerk to everyone and everything that crosses his path. I kind of understood where he was coming from but at the same time, I think he was just a jerk to be a jerk...and that put me off a bit.I made it into the Nevernever with him and followed him on his quest to find his friend and what was happening, but even at the climaxes, which should have been interesting thought provoking moment, they just fell flat because I did not care what happened to Ethan. In the last four chapters was when I started feeling for him and that was a whole book too late for me.The other characters both human and fey were interesting and I loved them, especially all the little guys that helped though the adventure, talking cats, flying things, so fun and cute. I really need to read Meghan's tale and the whole Iron Fey series before trying to tackle the next book in this one.So my recommendation is to read the first series and then follow it with this, like most people probably did, I was crazy to think I could start this series as a completely new one.
  • (5/5)
    NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley and MiraINK in exchange for my honest review. Thanks!

    The last book I read of the Iron Fey series, The Iron Knight, was a huge (and I can't stress enough how huge that is) a disappointment. Until that book I'd loved Ash and Puck and Meghan. The Iron Knight made me dislike them.

    So, when I requested The Lost Prince, I was a little biased. I wondered whether it would be more like the first three books, or like the fourth one. Turns out it was different from both.

    In fact, it was so different that I was pleasantly stunned! I totally loved Ethan's voice! His brooding, cranky behavior. His courage, his boldness, his reservation. He was just the perfect boy - not bad, but not all that good either.

    In other words, The Lost Prince was just the right dose of thrill, romance and paranormality that I'd needed at the time. Hence my rating.

    The story was pretty original, fey wise; the characters were lovable, and I can safely say that I enjoyed it very much.

    Kenzie was my favorite character of the lot. She was so sweet and adorable. I sensed something was the matter with her, but only when she told her story did I realize exactly what it was. And yet she was brave about it, which made her enter my heart in deep.

    So, whatever you thought of the previous Iron Fey books, whether you liked them or not, that shouldn't take a toll on you acquiring The Lost Prince. It was an amazing book! You should definitely read it!

  • (1/5)
    This is by far the worst book in the serie. the characters are shallow and annoying, the conversations are endless circles.. it's horrible and i really dont understand what happened cause the other books are really ok.
  • (3/5)
    This book has the same feel and pacing as The Iron Fey series so if you loved that series, you're going to love this one. I almost think I like Ethan better as a main character than Meghan. I guess I'll figure that one out for sure as I read on through the series. I did enjoy the story. It was one of those books that I just sat down and read in a couple of hours and came away from relaxed and feeling happy.
  • (3/5)
    I originally reviewed this with Ana on The Book Hookup

    ***Note: This book was provided to us by Net Galley but this did not influence the review in any way.

    Ana and I gave The Lost Prince on 2 different ratings. You will have to keep reading to see which ones!

    Our Review:

    Ana: 4 stars…or, as we like to say…2nd shelf! I’m coming at this book from a different place than some of you. Although it patiently wait for me in my kindle, I have not yet read the Iron Fey series. So, I started The Lost Prince with a clean slate…no baggage, no expectations, nothing but the anticipation of reading a book by an author I’d heard so much about. And she did not disappoint! This book was great.

    The world Ms. Kagawa builds is wonderful. The ideas are so well drawn out that I am sure if I closed my eyes I would see exactly what she intended me to see and maybe even be able to reach out and touch it. Nevernever and it’s inhabitants were painted before me clearly and distinctly, as were the main characters. Ethan, the reluctant hero, who would prefer to do just about anything instead of dealing with the Fae finds himself being lured into an adventure and back into the Iron Realm. People and Faery alike are in trouble and, much as he wants to, he cannot stand aside and do nothing, especially when a friend is in danger. Kenzie is a normal teenage girl who comes into his life and steadfastly remains there, even though he tries to distance himself for her own protection. With very little sense of self preservation, she plays a huge role in the story and, even though she’s got her own battles to fight, she helps Ethan try to set things right. I loved these two characters from beginning to end. Now, Keirran, is another story. He’s witty and smooth and completely likeable from the first time he walks on to the page…he’s a prince, after all. However some of his actions leave me unsure of his intentions. He is definitely a mystery to be unlocked in the next book!

    Hearing the story from Ethan’s POV was refreshing…after all, most YA stories come to us courtesy of a female lead and it’s always good to see the world from a different perspective. Ethan’s inner voice was cynical, brave, scared, witty and caring…often at the same time and that made him all that much more endearing.

    This adventure has just begun and I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series due out in 2013.

    Celeste: 2.5 stars. Le sigh. I reallllly struggled to finish this book. And let me mention I have read the Iron Fey series and really enjoyed them. I went in with fairly high expectations but the general feeling I had by the ending: the story was so flat.

    This story picked up where the Iron Fey series left off. I loved Meghan and Ash. Loved. This story is about Meghan’s younger brother, Ethan Chase, who is now 16. While I knew he was 16 I could not get the little boy image out of my head and the whole book seemed middle grade to me, not young adult. That isn’t a negative, but for me it just felt immature. Ethan has the “sight” (he can see the fey), and he is determined not to get anyone else mixed up in the crazy world of fey and the Nevernever. Naturally, the story is about just that, but with no real twists and turns or points where I went oooooh.

    It felt like the usual cast of characters with good guys, bad guys and a girl. Which brings me to the romance side of things. There wasn’t any. Like zero. Kenzie was a nice girl, but foolish the way she jumped into the whole situation. I just couldn’t buy into it. She and Ethan are partners on this journey to save themselves, their friend, and all the other fae and half-breeds.

    While I was not emotionally attached to the story in any way, the world Ms. Kagawa creates is fantastic. I can visualize all the fae, the poukas, the Iron Kingdom, the in-between. All those characters and places are quite vivid. The author definitely has a way with words.

    My feelings on rec’ing it? If you loved the Iron Fey series and can’t get enough of this world this is a good book (but with a novella feel to it in my opinion). But if you are looking for lots of adventure, twists and turns and romance this just didn’t do it for me.
  • (5/5)
    Another great novel with magic, mystery, and that adventure we all wish secretly we could have ourselves. Well, this series and novel lets us tag along for the ride and excitement! Definitely, one you pick up and cannot put down and find yourself thinking about throughout the day!
  • (4/5)
    The Lost PrinceBy: Julie KagawaGenre: Awesomeness (Although some people might call this YA fantasy)Rating: PG-13 for some kick-ass kaliSpoilers: I’m gonna try not toCoffee Beans: 5Cover: Pretty good. Not particularly enjoying the half naked Ethan, since nowhere in the book does he show up that wayInstalove Factor: zilch My Personal Recommendation: Please sir, can I have some more?Opening Line: My name is Ethan Chase. And I doubt I'll live to see my eighteenth birthday.Favorite Line: So manyDisclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this honest reviewPublisher’s SummaryDon'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.My ReviewAwesomeness, awesomeness, followed by some brilliance and more awesomeness.The end.For realz, though. Julie became one of my favorite authors after reading The Immortal Rules. I own the Iron Fey series now, but haven’t read them yet, and when this book came up for grabs from NetGalley, I jumped all over it (and probably mauled a couple people in the process).Oh, keep in mind that this review is based on only the Lost Prince and not the Iron Fey series (as I haven’t read those yet). So any spoilers as to the first series are completely unintentional.This book picks up 15 years after Megan has left to become the Iron Queen in Nevernever. Ethan has been trying for that long to forget the Fey even exist and live a normal life. Sucks to be him, because that ain’t happening. The fey know he can see them so the follow and torment him where ever he goes and as a result he’s switching schools constantly and just started another one, midterm.Enter school newspaper editor and resident cutie, Kenzie, and resident Halfbreed, Todd. Of course Ethan tries to keep himself away from those two, but it’s a losing battle. The Fey know he’s there and start to harass him. Maintaining as low of a profile as he can, he discovers that outcast fey and halfbreeds are disappearing from the real world, and no one knows why.When mysterious and deadly Fey come after him and Kenzie, Ethan has no choice but to escape with her to the Nevernever. And so begins his journey.This story really is kickass. Like I said, having not read Megan’s story, I really had no idea about the world or Ethan’s history. But that didn't matter. This book was a standalone story and everything was explained to me outright or in context ad was easy to pick up on.As always, Julie’s plots are detailed and sound, her world real, and I’m particularly in love with her dialogue and the fact that all her MCs know how to fight (which comes in handy in her books, obvs.). It always feels like I’m there with the characters and I want to hurry up and get to the end to know what happens, but then am always so sad when it’s over.For sure pick up a copy and read it for yourself. If you’re a fan of awesome writing, good plots, engaging characters, and the Iron Fey/Julie Kagawa, this one will be another book added to your Favorites list.
  • (5/5)
    Reviewed by: SabrinaBook provided by: NetGalleyReview originally posted at Romancing the BookI have been following this author from the beginning of this series. I was hesitant to put this book at #5 because it is more of a spin off of the original series. This original series was so good. I was always anxious to read the next one and I was so happy at the complete ending. When I found out she would expanding on the series, I was very hesitant to read it and it took me a little bit to give it a try. I AM SO GLAD I DID. I attempted to distance myself as much as possible from the original series and I think it made a huge difference. You do not need to have read the beginning books for this one. It will help you with little details and inside jokes, but I believe there is nothing crucial about the other books for this story.The main character was a really strong voice. He was sure about who he was at the beginning of this book and it made for amazing character development. As the story progresses you could see him grow. His feelings, his experiences and the people he met made for a subtle but noticeable difference that is what I am always looking for. His love interest is great. She also knows who she is and is not afraid of it like some people their age. It makes sense for her backstory. She did not have as much growth but I think they set it up nicely for her to get there with this book. She is great.The new problem in this story did not come out of nowhere. In the last stories it was hinted at but never really expanded on. I figured that it was something that was going to be remain a mystery and I was ok with that because it was a philosophical question like “what happens when we die?” that someone can’t explain unless they were there. However, it looks like she is going to attempt to tackle this question. I am interested in following the story and seeing what she comes up with.For those that read the first in the series, there are cameos from everyone that you loved but they do not take over the story. They have a few essential conversations with them and they are necessary for the development but they are not traveling with the new main characters at all. I think this was a good choice. The story between Meg and Ash is over. Now things are happening around them and it is important that we know that.Overall, I was VERY happy with this new start. I am waiting for her to answer the new questions and I want to see how the characters continue developing.
  • (5/5)
    Julie Kagawa does it again–a simply captivating read! If you’ve never read any of the Iron Fey series, start with The Iron King (if you just jump right into the series with this book, things will more than likely be a little confusing). This installment takes us on the journey of Ethan Chase, Meghan’s brooding little brother. Exiled fey living in the mortal realm are mysteriously disappearing, a dangerous, unknown group of fey have appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and Ethan is forced into the one place he never wanted to set foot again–the Nevernever–with classmate Kenzie St. James. He’s in for way more than he bargained for. I absolutely LOVE this series. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Iron Fey. And even though you’re following Ethan this time around, you still come across familiar faces that never fail to entertain, and that familiarity made me feel like I was running into old friends I hadn’t seen in a while. I can’t get over how exciting and fun and intense the story is. Fantastic! 5/5 stars ;)
  • (4/5)
    This is a continuation of the series that takes place mostly in the land of the fey and centers around Meghan Chase, the half-human daughter of Oberon, King of the Faery Summer Court. She is now Queen of the Iron Court and married to Ash, former Prince of the Winter Court. This particular book tells what happened to her brother Ethan, currently 17.Ethan, while human, has had the “Sight” his whole life, meaning he can see the fey even in the human realm. As a result, they torment him, and he has gotten into constant trouble because of their harassment. Now, he is once again starting a new school, and once again being beset by fey. But this time, there is a big difference.Somehow, a new breed of fey has appeared: the Forgotten. These “vampire faeries” prey on fey and half-breeds who inhabit the human world, draining their glamour, or their very essence. As Grimalkin, the talking cat, explains:"Glamour - the dreams and imagination of mortals - is what keeps us alive. Even half-breeds have a bit of magic inside them. But these creatures have been forgotten for so long, the only way for them to exist in the real world is to steal it from others. But it is only temporary. To truly exist, to live without fear, they need to be remembered again. Otherwise they are in danger of fading away once more.”Ah, there’s the rub. No one knows who they are, so no one remembers them, and so they keep on attacking more victims in order to survive.Ethan gets involved after Todd, a half-breed at his new school, finds him and begs for help. Furthermore, a cute girl, Kenzie, is also following Ethan around. He definitely doesn’t want to get her involved, because if the fey sense someone else is important to you, they will go after that person to get to you. But Kenzie is oddly persistent, and Ethan ends up taking her with him to the faery realm in order to escape an attack of The Forgotten.Grimalkin leads Ethan and Kenzie to the Iron Court, and to Meghan. She insists he stay put until she can figure out what to do, but a strange faery named Keirran says he will lead Ethan and Kenzie back out. Ethan doesn’t know who this Keirran is, but he will find out soon enough, and everything will change.Discussion: I thought Kagawa showed a jump in sophistication in her writing of this book. Here, instead of directing all her creativity toward fashioning fantastical landscapes, she constructs a nice, layered character study, especially with respect to Ethan. He is a boy who has lived his whole life with fear, anger, guilt, and self-loathing, and he has erected heavy defensive walls around himself. If he kept everyone at arm’s length, the fey wouldn’t hurt them. He watched a friend get destroyed once, and he just doesn’t want to let anyone in for any reason. It’s a well-drawn portrait. My only complaint is that Ethan, who is attracted to Kenzie, is constantly talking about her wonderful slender, slim body. I read this in paper, so could not do a word count of how often the words "slender" and "slim" appeared, but it was way too much, and irritated me enough to distract me from the story.I might also note, as an aside, that I hate the cover.Evaluation: Fans of the series will like this in-depth look at what happened to Meghan's human brother while she has been off in Nevernever land. Ethan tries to push everyone away, but one can't help but see the heart and soul underneath his rough exterior, and like him as a character.
  • (3/5)

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    *Disclaimer: A digital ARC was provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*May contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.What just happened? How is it possible that I didn't like this book? Look at that cover. Read that title and summary. How could this book not be awesome? I loved the Iron Fey series and I really thought I would love this spin-off series, but all I feel right now is disappointment.Characters:This book started out pretty good. I think I started getting annoyed with it when Kenzie, the school's nosy journalist butted into Ethan's life. I always find journalists, reporters, and the like to be annoying so maybe I was being bias when she was first introduced, but as the book went on she just grated more and more on my nerves. She was a little less irritating by the end, but overall she was completely useless during fights and practically everything else. I really don't see what Ethan likes about her except a pretty face.Ethan, all I have to say to you is STOP WHINING! I understand that the fey ruined your life and Meghan abandoned you to be the Iron Queen, but get over it already. I hate that he blames everything on Meghan and Ash. Since this book is in 1st person POV we're always in his head, listening to him complain about how awful his life is. I think I liked him more when he was 4 years old. I pity him for what the Fey have forced him to become.Keirran and Annwyl have the worst romance I have ever read about. Ever. They are just so boring. Maybe I just didn't get to know them well enough. I honestly don't know why they're in love, especially Keirran. Annwyl has no personality. There's has to be something about her that makes him willing to become an exile to be with her. And Keirran apparently inherited nothing from his parents save for his looks. He always rushes into things and make stupid spur of the moment decisions.Plot:This book moves really, really slowly. Ethan doesn't even want to fight the Forgotten until almost halfway through the book. Then after that there's a lot of traveling through trods, internal conflict, and Kenzie being an idiot. What was really interesting we're the Forgotten fey. They first appeared in The Iron Knight, deep in the woods in a Forgotten village. I loved the scenes where they appeared because that's when all the action and moving along of the plot happened. The rest of the book just felt like fillers and cliche romance.Things I Think Would Improve This Book:1. Let's cut Kenzie entirely out of this story. Not every book needs romance and I think this book would do a lot better without her. In Ethan's situation I think he needs friends more than he needs a girlfriend. And I think this book would have been much stronger if it focused on friendship rather than romance.2. Let's give Keirran a brain before his stupidity kills him. I know he's young and in love, but that is no excuse for acting like an idiot.Overall:So why is this a 3 star rating when I obviously didn't enjoy it? Well, some of my favorite characters made an appearance including Grimalkin, Meghan, Ash, and Puck. I'd say that adds on 1/2 a star. And it gets another 1/2 star for that pretty cover (it really doesn't have anything to do with the story though). Without that this would end up as a 2 star rating.This book had so much potential, but it didn't make the best of it. This is not Julie Kagawa's best work and if you've never read her books before I suggest you don't start with this one.And because I've enjoyed Julie Kagawa's books up until this one, I'm still willing to give the next book a try. And if she ever gives Puck his own book, you can bet that I'll do anything to read it.

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  • (4/5)
    Another book in the Iron Fey series. It was as enjoyable as the first set of the series and I felt that seeing the fey from Ethan's viewpoint (as someone who had been captured by the fey as a child) was interesting. Characters from the first set made appearances and it was a good glimpse into what had happened with Ash and Meghan as time has passed. As always, I find the concept of part of fairy adapting to the new world and technology and turning into "iron fey" intriguing.
  • (3/5)
    I like this one better than the other Iron Fey books and I thinks it's because I absolutely love Ethan as a protagonist. He's got such a new look towards the Fey and such a different life than Meghan. The girl in this story, Kenzie, is balsy and sure of herself, but she's a good match for Ethan who isn't a lovely, cuddly, little boy with curls anymore.
    I love the fact that he practices some kind of martial arts, because that has always fascinated me. Maybe if I had the guts and the fighting skills, I would have had the same hobby as Ethan. I've always regretted that I didn't start martial arts when I was younger.

    When I think about Ethan and Todd, I keep picturing the two guys from "Never Back Down", with Brian, the bully, being the bad guy from the movie. Never Back Down is one of my favourite movies, so that's definetely not a bad reference!

    I also really like the fact that some characters were able to surprise me during the story. They didn't always react to certain situations they way I thought they would.
    Overall, these characters were far more appealing to me than the ones in the other Iron Fey books. Somehow I couldn't make a connection with Meghan and Ash, not they way I connected with Ethan and Kenzie. Maybe it's because they are human and Meghan and Ash are Fey? But what about Puck then though? I adore him!
    One of my other favourites in The Lost Prince is Razor. He takes the cuteness factor of these books to a whole new level. Can I get me a Razor somewhere? I want one.

    My conclusion for this book: I really liked it. It gave a whole new perspective towards the Fey and I think I needed that after four books of Meghan and Ash. It was also a very good decisions to make a spin-off about Ethan! Baby brother all grown up? Seventeen years later? Sounds promising enough to me!

    Thanks to the publisher and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book. This book was provided to me through NetGalley.
  • (2/5)
    I enjoyed the Iron Fey series, so I was looking forward to this spin-off featuring the adorable Ethan, Meghan's older brother. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in this one. The Lost Prince just did not live up to any of the Iron Fey books, in my opinion. While this novel did have the characters I know and love from the Iron Fey series, the new characters weren't terrific additions. The plot itself was good, and the writing, of course, was fantastic. However, the characters really killed it for me. Ethan is the narrator, and he was such a cute kid in the Iron Fey series that I was really excited to read a book from his perspective. Apparently dealing with the fey problems his whole life really ruined his personality, though, because he was whiny and super emo. I just did not enjoy reading things from his perspective at all. I understand, to an extent, the bitterness and anger, but he was just really overboard with it. I think if he'd been a tiny bit more positive, then I would have enjoyed the book more. The secondary characters were more likable than Ethan. Kenzie was okay. She's not my favorite female lead ever, but she was okay. She was a strong enough character, and she was fairly brave considering all she had to go through. Kiernan was pretty awesome and was reminiscent of the characters from the Iron Fey series, but still not quite as good. He was, by far, my favorite new character, though. Puck, Meghan, Ash, and GRIMALKIN!!! were all back in this one, just in smaller doses. I freaking love Grimalkin. Ahem. They've all grown since the end of the Iron Fey series, and it was interesting to see how much stronger Meghan was. She really grew into her role as a queen. Ash was still bad ass as ever, and Puck was still as puckish as ever. Grimalkin was still the best character in the world!!!! Anyway, it was good to see them. I enjoyed them much more than the new characters. The world-building and writing were top-notch, which I've come to expect from Kagawa. The plot was pretty good. There were no huge surprises. I didn't expect the ending with Kenzie, but that didn't shock me. However, I never felt bored, and I kept turning the pages. The romance was okay, but it moved a bit too quickly for my liking. Also, the chemistry that Ash and Meghan have was not really there for Ethan and Kenzie. The romance wasn't totally cold, it just wasn't as hot as Ash and Meghan were. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who loved the Iron Fey series. If you're a fan of that series, then you're sure to like this new one, too!
  • (5/5)
    4.5/5 stars!I'll admit, when I finished "The Iron Knight", I was pretty bummed out. Yeah, I got an HEA that I could live with (and that also seemed credible, considering the genre), but I just didn't want to leave this world behind. Then "Lost Prince" got announced, and I got excited. But also suspicious. I've had problems with some long-running series (the "Sookie Stackhouse" mysteries and "The Dresden Files" to name just two) that it's where I get to a point where I feel like the series has lost all of its freshness, and it feels like the author is writing the same book over and over again from a certain point forward. However. I am very happy to report that this is NOT the case with "The Lost Prince", and if anything, had me guessing and kept my interest at pretty much every single important plot point in the book. If you're a fan of the "Iron Fey" series, what are you waiting for? Ethan won't wait for you forever!What I think I loved the most about this start to a new sequel series about the "Iron Fey" world was that right from the jump, Kagawa makes it blatantly clear - even though Meghan has really, really influenced this story with her own, thirteen years previously, this is definitely Ethan's story. This is Ethan's story about coming to terms with being faerynapped in the first place, and dealing with the loss of his sister to her duties as queen. This is also Ethan's story about dealing with all of the reprocussions of being able to see the fey, but being human at the same time - there's not much you can do aside from constant vigilance, anger management, and self-defense when you're in his situation. And Kagawa really dives into all of that anger and angst (which seemed really realistic, especially since/because he was a teenage dude, and it feels like not a whole lot of YA female authors can write cross-gender narration well enough for a realistic effect) without hesitation or qualms.She got her start with cross-gender narration in "Iron Knight", which at points did kind of fall into some of the traps of the ideal YA dude, but since he's a faery, I can forgive that. Here, we're dealing with a 100% faery-afflicted human, who has some serious trauma and anger to work through in order to get healthy about everything that's happened to him. And you know what? He knows it. He admits he has some issues within his personal journey arc within this book, and that just makes me love Kagawa even more. Even when it's a grudging admittance to all of these things, the fact that she can write a realistic guy with fantastical problems and still make it feel real definitely gets her a solid gold star (instead of a "you tried" star) in my book. If you've read other reviews of mine where I mention cross-gender narration, you'll know it's extremely hard to get right. Only a few authors that I've read who have tried have actually gotten it right. Kagawa now makes the list (and it's in good company with David Levithan and others). I also love how there's no insta-love here. Ethan is way too angry for that, and I love the eventual relationship that develops between him and Kenzie. He resists it so very much, and that's always really, really refreshing to see in a genre that's stuffed with insta-love trying to claw at you at every turn. But because of Ethan's very pronounced issues, their romance is very, very gradual, and is a friendship before it's a romantic relationship. All of the action scenes where Kenzie jumps into the fray (even though she can't do very much) really made me happy, a couple of definite "Adventure Time" Finn and Jake bro-fist-bump kinda moments scattered here and there.Speaking of bromances, one of my favorite in all of paranormal YA comes back for fifths in this new book: Puck and Ash. I must have had my slash goggles on whilst reading because it seemed that Puck was way more flirty with Ash than in previous books. But, you know, that could just be the slash goggles. Nevertheless, I was definitely happy to see them come back - it just wouldn't be an "Iron Fey" tale without those two.We also have a lot of new characters in this book along with the old that helps bring in newcomers while satisfying those already familiar with the series. While I would have liked to see a lot more about Todd (and his origins - as in, who's the faery parent?), what I got was enough to really fuel Ethan's journey back to his sister and eventual acceptance about how the faery world and the human world have to work together in order to co-exist. I also loved the new villains/victims (because really, the Forgotten are both in this one), and I can't wait to see more. Add to that one very uncomfortable family encounter and you basically get a huge stack of awesome that becomes "The Lost Prince". The rest of the technical areas of this book (worldbuilding, sensory language/imagery) were so flawless I'm not even going to touch them. There's no need. Kagawa totally has this well in hand.All I can say is, if you're a fan of the first quartet, start this new series ASAP. "The Lost Prince" is out now through HarlequinTeen in North America, so be sure to get your paws on a copy as soon as you can! It's on my best of 2012 list for good reason.(posted to goodreads, shelfari, librarything, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)
  • (5/5)
    I've heard such great things about Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, even though for some strange reason I've never read it myself (don't hate me! I kept meaning to but never found the time), and I loved her book The Immortal Rules, so I jumped at the chance to read The Lost Prince. I was really hoping that I would be able to follow it since I hadn't read The Iron Fey books, and I wasn't disappointed. If anything, The Lost Prince has made me determined to go back and read the other books because if they're half as good as this one (and if the reviews are to be believed, they are), then I'm going to love them too! The Lost Prince was wildly enjoyable, and the world of the Fey has never been as enticing as it is in Ms. Kagawa's very capable hands!I loved that the book was told from the male POV, and that said male was Ethan Chase. He was the kind of guy that you want to get to know so you can break him out of his outwardly tough shell and find the gooey, soft center that you just know is hiding in there. Enter one extremely nosy reporter for the school newspaper by the name of Kenzie who, no matter how many times Ethan tries to bully her into staying away from him (for her own good of, course), doesn't take no for an answer, add a good sized dollop of major chemistry, and you have a couple to root for! I'm not kidding - they were so cute together! I think it's mostly because Ethan had always had to push people away because the fey are notorious trouble makers, and anyone who gets close to him could, and usually does, get hurt, and Kenzie just refused to accept that, because she saw something in him that was worth fighting for. She was also tough as nails when she needed to be, and Ethan was able to finally let her in because she proved to him that he could trust her and count on her not only when things were easy, but when they were very, very rough. She also rolled with the punches when she found herself in the fairy realm face to face with a sarcastic talking cat, who agreed to lead her and Ethan to the Iron Realm to talk to his sister Meghan, the queen of the Iron Fey, whom he had hadn't seen or spoken to since she left the family behind when he was just a kid to become the queen. He had to find her to let her know that outlaw fairies and half-fae were disappearing from the human realm and that he was being chased by some type of fairy that he had never seen before, and who were really, really bad news. I have to say that I absolutely loved this book and my first glimpse into Never Never, and after reading about the Iron Fey, along with all of the other interesting characters, I can't wait to find out more! Not only am I waiting impatiently for the next book in this series to come out, but I'm definitely going to get my hands on a copy of the books in the Iron Fey series so I can find out more about Meghan, Ash and Puck, and find out just what happened to Ethan when he was a young boy to make him hate the Fey as much as he does! This was a very exciting book with likable characters, lots of character growth, and a plot that moves along at a great pace and keeps you wanting more! :D