Book Review: Prophecy

Book Review: ProphecyProphecy by Ellen Oh
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles #1
Published by HarperTeen on January 2nd 2013
Pages: 320
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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 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.

So, it has been said that Prophecy, by Ellen Oh, is eerily similar to Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Is it true? Read Prophecy yourself and be the judge. Personally, when I find a book that has been compared to another favorite of mine, I almost instantly put the comparison in the back of my mind and try my hardest to not think about it at all. Why? Because I am reading X book for X reason. Not necessarily because it is like book Y. Furthermore, I want to like a book for its own merits, and not because it reminds of me of another book. Same thing if I dislike the book. Moving on.

The world building was probably Prophecy's strongest suit. Having been disappointed with other Asian themed reads in the past, Prophecy was an almost perfect blend. Never too much, which could have over complicated the read. Never too little, to where I forgot that Prophecy was set in mythical Korea. Sure, there were terms and references to Korean culture that I didn't always understand fully, but Ellen Oh, thankfully, provides plenty of context clues so I always had a good idea of what was going on.

If the world building was Prophecy's strongest suit, then the characters, or at least some of them, were Prophecy's weak point. It is not that the characters themselves were bad. I actually liked them, for the most part. The issue was their depth. Prophecy features a lot of telling and not showing. And it actually worked out okay for this read. However, the characters and their development really suffered because of it.

Final Verdict:

Prophecy was a read that once I started, I didn't want to stop. Sure, there are some minor problems that I had with the read. Making it a book that I didn't 100% love. But hey, I didn't hate it either.

Prophecy has set the tone for what I hope will be an amazing series. Full of adventure and fantasy.

Will I read the next installment:

Absolutely! The Dragon King Chronicles has a lot of potential as a series. And I am sure that the next installment will be even better.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Prophecy

  1. Well, I have heard about this, mostly confused feelings though. The girl with the yellow eyes. Definitely sounds intriguing but I am afraid that there will be no depth to the characters, otherwise, I might start reading this soon.
    GREAT review, Kate
    Your reader,

  2. Kate B.

    Soma, there was depth. And I did like Kira, esp, but overall, the characters (for such a lengthy read) felt more one dimensional than I had hoped.

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