Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: Prophecy (The Dragon Chronicles #1) By: Ellen Oh

Title: Prophecy (The Dragon Chronicles #1)
Author: Ellen Oh
Published: January 2nd, 2013
Goodreads Summary:

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

My Thoughts:

I was really excited to read this book, I never knew before I started blogging but, I am a huge high fantasy fan. I love to get lost in a world that doesn't exist and learn everything I can about some usually kick butt characters. I loved the idea of an Asian themed book because I haven't read anything like that in YA yet so, I was definitely looking forward to it. Unfortunately for me, this book felt a little young, Ellen Oh created an interesting world full of demons, magic, and war but it felt like it was written for middle grade. 

Kira is not your typical teenage girl in her home of Hansong, she is an outcast and everybody who meets her is afraid of her because of her yellow eyes, she is a demon slayer. She is born with special abilities to identify when a person is being possessed by a demon is essential to the king's life. Protecting the fact that there is still demon's in their kingdom. The king doesn't want his people to know, it's Kira's job to kill them and be as secret as possible about what she is doing. Kira hates having to be different and have the townspeople reject her. She has to be tough and strong because of who she has to be. The only girl in the king's army and the bodyguard of the heir to the throne the young prince. The only people who really understand her is her family. The king is her uncle so she is very close to the prince who considers her his big sister and is in awe of her slaying abilities. Until a demon invasion hits Kira's home of Hansong, and she is forced to protect the young prince with everything she has. 

I liked Kira's character, she didn't let what people said about her bother her too much. She left people alone and tried not to scare them with her eyes.  But, at times you still felt the sadness that she held inside always being different and people didn't want to accept her because of it.

Overall, Prophecy is a great read for the younger audience and a great introduction into the world of high fantasy for them. The story was engaging and action packed, but I could never fully connect with it completely!

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