Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Publication Date: 1st November 2012
Book Source: ARC courtesy Harlequin Teen Australia
Synopsis: 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 read the first book in the Iron Fey series, The Iron King and have to confess I wasn't a fan so I didn't continue on with the rest of the series. So, I said yes to reviewing the spin-off, The Lost Prince with a little trepidation but guess what ... I really, really liked it. So much so, I'm thinking I'll give the rest of the original series another chance.
17 year old Ethan has always been able to see the hidden world of the fey, he now has a reputation as a bit of a bad boy, but Ethan's prickliness didn't put me off. Years spent protecting himself from the fey was bound to make him a bit
obnoxious guarded but I found him really likeable and
approachable. I warmed to Kenzie quickly as well, maybe I'm in the
minority but I thought she was a plucky, stubborn thing and a worthy ally (and
love interest) for Ethan. Meghan,
Ash and Puck make a cameo appearance and Grimalkin a little more so but The Lost Prince focuses on Ethan and
his journey back to his sister's world of the Nevernever, searching for answers
to the disappearing fey and his half phouka friend Todd.
The baddies of the book are The Forgotten, fey creatures forgotten by many. They're the vampires of the faery world, sucking the life force from their prey ... in other words, suitably creepy, scary and shrouded in mystery.
I was instantly drawn into The Lost Prince, captivated by the world and the characters this time round. Maybe it helped seeing the fey world from a male point of view, whatever the reason it was definitely a refreshing experience and can I just say I have a thing for the cheeky little gremlin Razor ... adorable!!
All in all a page-turning read that exceeded my expectations and I will be reading the next installment :)