Demon slayers and Prophecies: A Review of PROPHECY by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1) 
Ellen Oh
312 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 2nd, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

 Filled with action and a (tad-confusing) prophecy, Ellen Oh’s debut novel will have you at the edge of your seat. Combining breathtaking elements of fantasy and rich Korean folklore – PROPHECY is unique at it’s finest.

As soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to read PROPHECY, demon invasions and the greatest warrior is a girl? I was hooked. I loved the way how Ellen Oh started the story, she didn’t waste too much time in explaining the world, but she gave enough so that you’d understand it. Kira is a character I grew to love, she was brave and took the meanness of other people without breaking down. The only thing that I didn’t like about Kira was that she never tried to make friends. It was like she liked to be isolated and alone. But I guess that’s just how she is.

    Ellen Oh has a unique writing style. She knows how to write a fantastic debut, and some authors can’t even write a good novel even after they’ve written their fifth novel. The ending took me by surprise – I just didn’t see that coming at all, one of the many things I love about this book. In a few words, PROPHECY is a blend of action, a ruby (you can even see it on the cover!), and bravery.

   The cover is really nice, I like how the smoke and the tiny dragon surrounds the ruby. All in all, PROPHECY was an fantastic read and I can’t wait for the second book in The Dragon Kings Chronicles, currently titled WARRIOR.

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    January 4, 2013

    I was hooked on the synopsis on this book. Everyone was talking about it on twitter so I checked it out, and immediately downloaded it for my Nook. Gonna finish up Venom, read the Diviners and then get to Prophecy! Great review!

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    Amicia Rai

    January 4, 2013

    Uuuuu this sounds like an interesting book. :D

    I haven't read it yet, but I'll try and get a e-book version today for my reader. Thanks for the lovely review! ^_^

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    Amber (Books of Amber)

    January 4, 2013

    I've heard mixed things about this one, but I'm really excited to read it after reading your review. I'm hoping to get to it soon! EEP!

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    January 4, 2013

    I'm so happy to see this positive review. I was very excited for this book, but then I saw all the mixed reviews and I lost a bit of my interest. After reading this, I got my excitement back and I will read it soon! :D Demonslaying and warrior girls always sound good to me.


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    Soma Rostam

    January 4, 2013

    I have heard mixed things about this. But I absolutely love the ideas you provided. I am so adding this to my TBR!
    GREAT review, Asma
    Your reader,

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    Bookluvrs Haven

    January 4, 2013

    Really excited to read this one. I love strong female characters, and a good fantasy plot.

    Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven

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    January 4, 2013

    All the reviews have been mixed for this book. It's just going to be one that I read and decide for myself. So glad you enjoyed it though!

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    Dazzling Mage

    January 5, 2013

    Oooh, this is high praise! And Korean folklore? I am so picking up this book!

    Great review Asma!

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    January 5, 2013

    Come on. You know that the greatest warrior has to be a girl :P
    What!? Asma. You are 11? Wow. You are incredible. I wish I started blogging when I was your age.

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    January 6, 2013

    Thanks for the great review! Definitely going to have to check out this series :)

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    The Writer in the Background

    January 6, 2013

    Ugh, this sounds so good! My reading list is growing every day, I tell you…

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    January 13, 2013

    Another one to add to my wishlist! :) I've been wondering about this book so thanks I'll check it out!

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    Lena Anne

    January 14, 2013

    I'm glad you really liked this one. I keep hearing mixed reviews but still think the premise sounds amazing. Since you liked it, I'm sure I will too!

    Thanks for the fabulous review!

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    Alyssa Susanna

    January 15, 2013

    GAHHHH!!! Prophecy!!!! My copy needs to get its butt over here!!! I have an ARC, but I have yet to open it, because I got the ARC a few days before the book came out, and I figure, might as well wait for my finished copy to come!!! Great review!!! I've seen good and a lot of not so good ratings, so I'm glad you liked this one :)

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    Brooke DelVecchio

    January 18, 2013

    Thanks for the review. I have heard mixed things about this book, but I like the way it sounds. So I think I will be reading it!

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    January 22, 2013

    I'm not a big fan of the fantasy genre but I love how unique this sounds, but I have to say, the confusing part doesn't exactly having to get myself a copy. Maybe one day. Great review :)

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    January 23, 2013

    I haven't seen a book in a while where the end catches you by surprise. Thanks for the review. I hadn't really decided until now whether I would put it on my tbr list or not. thanks

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    January 25, 2013

    Oooh this books sounds great. Love it already!! I've read a few negative reviews too, but I think the positives outweighed the negatives.