[January 2, 2013]
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.
Guys, it's 2013. Which means it's time to talk about the utter badassery of 2013 books and there's not really a better way to start than with Prophecy.
Kira is, seriously, a bad ass. She doesn't let other people's feelings and opinions affect her much and she knows she can kick their ass if she does get upset. But she doesn't because her main concern is her job of protecting the prince. And she will stop at nothing to do what's best for him. Often this means protecting not just the prince, but people who aren't all that happy that she exists. They aren't happy because why should a girl be the best warrior and be able to see demons? Because she's freaking awesome, that's why. I just really, really loved Kira if you couldn't tell.
I also really liked...the love interest? At least, I liked how Ellen Oh handled the guy who may be the love interest and Kira. Y'all know I love my romance, but this was probably a more realistic look at the two considering the situation. Here's this guy Kira's never met before who's going to join them on the journey. He's really sweet and charming but she doesn't know him or his story and things are going DOWN in her world, so she can't really trust just any guy. Even if there wasn't, people despise her just because of what she can do and her job is to protect the future king, so she can't trust people easily as a basic rule. So there are definitely some feelings, but it's mostly really subtle and not the main focus because...there are other things to worry about.
The main plot was very interesting and twisty. Very little in Prophecy was predictable to me. And it was just a really enthralling, gripping read. I was still in school when I read this and it was getting close to crunch time, but I still read it really fast considering my average pace while in school. And even though this is a fantasy book, there's a good amount of Asian culture in it, which made it really fascinating. I don't know much about Asian culture, but I really loved seeing what was there, especially how important family and loyalty were to many of the characters.
If there's a fault, it probably would've been in the development of the world and characters. As much as I loved Prophecy and was enthralled, this book definitely could have been a lot longer and more detailed and it would've benefited greatly. I would've loved more development of the world and the characters and the relationships that were there.
Overall, though, I really loved this book. Prophecy is full of action and adventure and really fantastic characters and a pretty unique story line once you get into it. And I can't wait to check out the sequel!