ebook, 304 pages
October 29th 2013
by Harlequin Teen
ARC from Netgalley
ARC from Netgalley
The first book; The Lost Prince was an excellent addition to The Iron Fey series and I was so eager to find out what is in store for Ethan Chase when he returned to the normal human world after gallivanting around the Nevernever with his new girlfriend and his nephew in tow. As such, it is understandable that his parents and the rest of the human world freak out a bit after his disappearance.
But there are a few aspects of THIS book that I really did not like. Such as:
1. How useless the female characters are in the book. At least Kenzie has her own reason for being weak (Annwyl is just there so we have a damsel in distress who Keirran can actually save. Bohoo).
2. Forbidden love. Ethan and Kenzie's love affair seemed tragic but I just don't care enough for the romance between Keirran and Annwyl. Isn't it ironic that I care more about the human characters?
3. There's not enough of Meghan Chase and her brooding and swoon worthy husband; Prince Ash. (Are they married? I haven't finished reading The Iron Fey series).
4. The world building is getting more complicated. We have vanishing feys, another realm called The Between which is a world between Faery and the real world, The Thin Man (don't ask me about him, he's supposed to be mysterious) and to top it off now we have another prophecy about a catalyst with the power to change everything. That's kind of hard to digest in one sitting.
But really the prophecy part kind of redeemed this book for me because the 'killer' ending just made me so impatient for the third book to come out.
A note to Julie Kagawa: More on that prophecy please and ehem...just don't kill any more lovable characters in this series.
Verdict: 3 stars.
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