Prophecy by Ellen Oh
Publisher: Harper Teen
Released on January 2, 2013
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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 she's also 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's prophecy, but the legendary lost ruby treasure just might be the true key to victory. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king. (from Harper Teen)
I really enjoy a good fantasy novel and Prophecy was a great one. I went into Prophecy with no expectations at all, just knowing that it was about a girl warrior that was discriminated against for being different. I love those types and I was glad that this one had a kick-ass heroine, and not only that, but that it took place in a fantasy world filled with Asian culture and magic.
I thought this novel was very fast-paced, I was engrossed by the first 100 pages because there was just so much that had happened already. It starts off with Kira showing off her fighting skills and ability to see the demons and it doesn’t stop, it doesn’t slow down. I was flipping the pages as fast as I could because there was just so much going on. The writing was easy flowing and I loved learning about the culture in Kira’s world even though some of the names were hard to pronounce, and I’m sure I didn’t do a very good job and butchered a couple.
I felt awful for poor Kira and was so pissed at all those hateful people from her town for the way they treated her, when they were all alive thanks to her. Ungrateful jerks! I was glad to see that she never gives up on kicking ass and she was always so protective of her little cousin, the prince. I was also happy to see that Ellen Oh did not make this a fluffy fairy tale type of fantasy, there’s a war going on in Kira’s world and there’s a lot of emotional deaths because of it. I was stunned, because I was always hoping for something good to happen to Kira, so I didn’t see them coming which made the book much more interesting.
Now there’s not much romance, the story focuses on this very independent and courageous girl that fights and protects those she loves no matter what, and to tell you the truth I didn’t really miss the romance aspect. Now there is the hope of a future romance, but really, to me it doesn’t matter because the story was just as engrossing without it. Even though Jaewon Kira’s friend, was charismatic and I totally want to see more of him on the next one, and I’m still very much intrigued by Shin Bo Huyn, I have a soft spot for the bad guy. I can’t wait to see what happens next, the ending definitely leaves it open to so many possibilities in Kira’s future. I’ll be looking forward to the sequel!Pin It