The Lost Prince is the first installment in Julie Kagawa’s new Iron Fey series, Call of the Forgotten, and it is yet another fine example of her talent. She has written a whirlwind of a story, one that is full of non-stop action, family secrets, and unexpected romances. Fans of the original Iron Fey books will undoubtedly love this new addition and will be rooting for Ethan from page one.
The thing I love most about this is that it takes the Iron Fey series back to its origins: Ethan. When readers last saw him, he was a child and now he is a cautious, angst-ridden, and strong young man. It’s interesting to see how he has dealt with having the Sight all these years and how much the Fey have affected him. His views on Meghan, in particular, are interesting because we now get to see her viewed from a completely different perspective, one that paints her in a significantly different light than Ash’s view in The Iron Knight. Also, Ethan’s family issues help ground the story despite the fantastical circumstances.
I also love how Ms. Kagawa has included characters from the original installments and how they each play their parts without overshadowing Ethan and his new friends. It’ll be interesting to see how they fit in as the series goes on, especially since this book feels so different than the others. I like this distinction, though, because so many authors keep writing stories set in the same world, but keep retelling the same plots and writing the same characters over and over again. But instead of repeating, Ms. Kagawa keeps expanding and creating.
Overall, The Lost Prince is an exhilarating read that will once again leave readers breathless and desperate for more. Julie Kagawa keeps adding new layers to her world and characters that make them even more rich and colorful. Readers who haven’t read the original books don’t necessarily have to read them in order to understand the events in The Lost Prince, but they might miss out on certain references and significances of characters. All in all, this is a must read and is a great story to start a new chapter in the Iron Fey series.