Apr 3, 2013

Prophecy by Ellen Oh Review

Prophecy by Ellen Oh
(The Dragon King Chronicles #1)
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen; 320 pages

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.

Special thanks to Harper Teen for providing us with the arc of this book at New York Comic Con 2012!

Prophecy is the first book in The Dragon King Chronicles.  It tells the story of Kira, a demon slayer who's job is to protect the young prince of her kingdom.  Kira also comes from royalty, but isn't accepted by her people because she has unusual yellow eyes and they believe that she is a demon herself.

I enjoy fantasy novels, and I enjoy when authors create new worlds.  I find myself falling into the story, and wishing that I could be a part of the worlds that are created.  Prophecy definitely fits into this category.  It is a great story with an excellent premise.  It tells a story of the importance of family, and how crucial it is to protect those who you care for.

Unfortunately though I had a little bit of an issue with the pace of the story.  While the read was enjoyable, I felt the pacing was too fast.  I would have liked to see longer scenes and longer chapters.  Everything happens so quickly jumping from one scene to the next.  If the story was slowed down just a little bit, the flow of the book would have been much better.  Also a few more filler scenes would have helped transition from one major scene to the next.  There were quite a few paragraphs that would begin with ten days later, or twenty days later.  In replacement of these, I would have loved to see more behind the scenes with more character development between Kira and the minor characters.

There are quite a few characters mentioned in the book.  And to be honest, due to the lack of character development with a vast amount of them, a few of them could have probably been omitted or combined into one character.  An example of this is Kira has two brothers, but only one of them is prominently shown.  The other brother really didn't have much of a purpose, I am hoping that in the next book in the series the other brother will have a bigger role.

I loved the close relationships in this book.  Kira really does whatever she can to protect Prince Taejo.  But my favorite relationship is between Kira and her husband to be Shin Bo Hyun.  I found myself chuckling at their interactions.  This is definitely a love hate relationship.  I am hoping that in the next book, more of this relationship is shown because they were my favorite scenes in the book.

I would recommend Prophecy to fans of middle grade novels.  While this book is characterized as young adult, I feel like the dialogue and the story itself would be more enjoyable for a younger audience.


  1. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now but I keep hearing its a pretty meh book so I suppose I'll go into it warily. Great review!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  2. This book seems okay. It's a shame that there are so many things lacking. I love the concept and I think I will like it enough, so I will give it a try :) Thanks for the honest review.


  3. Ooh, I'm sensing the inspiration behind this is Korean, and I SO want to read it!

    Great review!

    Dazzling Mage @ A Reading Kabocha


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