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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fun Fantasy Read in the Land of Faery!

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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!

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