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Prophecy

by Ellen Oh

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 19, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Prophecy is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.

She''s the demon slayer.

She''s the most feared girl in the whole Kingdom.

And now she''s on the run.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.85 in

Published: December 19, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062091107

ISBN - 13: 9780062091109

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read! Fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce will enjoy Ellen Oh's Prophecy I look forward to reading more in the series.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Fantasy With An Asian Influence For The Win! Ellen Oh's Prophecy is a thrilling introduction to The Dragon King Chronicles! Set in a world inspired by ancient Korea, Prophecy is a fast-paced tale with action on almost every page. I also loved its emphasis on the importance of loyalty, friendship and family. It may follow a classic hero's quest storyline, yet its Asian influence is distinctly original among other YA novels. Once believed to simply be a myth, the Demon Lord has returned to destroy mankind and only the prophesied Dragon Musado, whom the monks believe to be Prince Taejo, can defeat him and unite the Seven Kingdoms. Amidst an invasion of demon-possessed humans and betrayal in the court, Kira and her companions are on the run from their enemies and seek the first of three hidden treasures that can be used against the Demon Lord. Kira is one of the strongest YA heroines I've met in quite some time. Known as the Demon Slayer of Hansong, Kira is a fierce warrior who would put her life on the line to protect her cousin, Crown Prince Taejo. Not only does she struggle to break away from a traditional female role expected in her culture while still trying to be a filial daughter, but she also faces discrimination because of her appearance. Kira may be a member of the royal family, but her yellow eyes and abilities set her apart; she's feared by her own people and treated with disrespect. Taejo can be a petulant prince at times, but considering his young age, I think he did what he could under the circumstances. He's only twelve and there's a lot of pressure on his shoulders to lead his people through the dark times they've entered. While there's no romance in Prophecy, I can definitely see Kira and Jaewon's feelings for each other develop into something more in the next book. When Kira meets Jaewon, she imagines what it would be like to finally have a friend instead of living a lonely existence. Jaewon is a kind and warm person, treating her as a human being, not an outcast like everyone else. Prophecy is an unforgettable debut novel I would recommend to any fans of high fantasy. The danger is far from over and I'm now eagerly awaiting the release of Warrior, the second novel in the trilogy! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/01/prophecy-by-ellen-oh.html
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous and original fantasy When Prophecy first hit my radar, my initial impression was that it was just another Graceling. I think this had a lot to with the back cover copy and how it was marketed. It’s pretty flattering to be compared to Graceling – it’s an amazing book. But no one wants to read a copy-cat of it. If it was up to me, I would do more to highlight what makes this book unique, because though there are some similar elements, Prophecy definitely stands out all on its own. The first thing that really sets Prophecy apart is its Asian setting. It was a refreshing change from the many high fantasy novels based in Western traditions and ideologies. I’m glad we’re beginning to see a more diverse selection of protagonists and settings in young adult literature. It is long overdue. And as an added bonus, because this was one of the first fantasy novels I’ve read in an Asian setting, it made me really curious about legends and mythos from other cultures. I sense some fun research in my future (that’s right I said fun research). If you’re a fan of strong female characters I can almost guarantee you’re going to love Kira. She was strong and brave, despite the way her own society shunned her. But she wasn’t a perfect character, held up on a pedestal. She was lonely, stubborn and often let her emotions cloud her judgement. I found these imperfections made her a believable character, and they made me like her. She is also unabashedly loyal – probably the best quality of them all. Her love for her friends and family is unwavering and you have to respect her for that. Probably my favourite thing about Prophecy though, isn’t the setting or Kira, but the relationships. Prophecy has a heavy emphasis on familial relationships. For example Kira’s relationship with her brother, cousin, parents etc. Too often I find YA novels put all the focus on the romantic relationships, and either neglect or completely leave out the family aspect. Kira’s closeness with her family warmed my heart (and broke it at times) and it made me think of my family and how close I am with them. I think this focus was what really sold Prophecy for me and ensured that it will remain on my shelf for a long time to come. My own complaint is that I would have liked a little more world building. I had a lot of questions about the Seven Kingdoms, their political system and religious traditions, and the answers given in the book fell a little short. But I have my fingers crossed for more detail in book #2. Recommendation: A fast paced, action packed high fantasy adventure, that I highly recommend to fantasy fans or those who like strong female characters that can kick ass. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-10-24

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Prophecy

by Ellen Oh

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.85 in

Published: December 19, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062091107

ISBN - 13: 9780062091109

From the Publisher

She''s the demon slayer.

She''s the most feared girl in the whole Kingdom.

And now she''s on the run.

Editorial Reviews

"Fans of Kristin Cashore''s Graceling will be drawn to the despised warrior princess; fans of Cindy Pon''s Silver Phoenix will love the setting." (Kirkus Reviews)
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