Thursday, January 3, 2013

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles #1) by Ellen Oh

Release Date: January 2, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: ARC provided by Edelweiss

The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope...

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Ellen Oh's debut has all of the right ingredients for a great epic fantasy. Fast-paced action, conspiracy and betrayal, numerous deaths, and a tough-as-nails protagonist at the center of an ancient prophecy.

The story focuses on Kira, the only female warrior and personal bodyguard to her cousin, the prince. Because of her ability to track and kill demons, the appearance of her strange yellow eyes, and her status as the lone female warrior, most people fear her and view her as a "freak of nature". Being the niece of the king doesn't protect her from the insults, rude stares, and blatant disrespect that she must constantly endure. The only people that show any warmth toward Kira are her parents, brothers, and the young prince that she protects.

Aside from aiding the prince, Kira is tasked with hunting and slaying demons. This is done in secret and the majority of people living in Hansong are completely unaware that demons still walk among them. But with their growing presence it becomes obvious that the royal family may be in danger and it is believed that it may be due to a demon lord's quest for domination.

We learn that there is a prophecy, "Seven will become three. Three will become one. One will save us all.", that refers to a warrior who will unite and save the kingdoms. The Dragon Musado.

It becomes clear from the beginning that Kira plays a part in this prophecy even though she often doubts this herself. But no matter what occurs, whether it's the deaths of those close to her or endless attacks by hordes of demons, Kira never gives up and remains at her cousin's side, prepared to protect him at all costs.

What prevented me from giving Prophecy more than a 3 1/2 star rating was the amount of scenes that felt far too predictable and the need for stronger character development. But overall, I thought this was an entertaining young adult fantasy and I will definitely be reading the sequel once it releases.


Mel@Thedailyprophecy. said...

I've heard mixed things about this book - most of th reviews are negative though - but I still want to read this book. I like the concept and I want to find out more about this prophecy and Kira's part in it. Great review :)


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