Author: Ellen Oh
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub Date: Jan 2, 2013
My Copy: ARC that I got from the Publisher
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.
Definitely an interesting book. It kept me on my toes. Lots of unexpected surprises. This was one of those books that kept me guessing. I like books that keep me on my toes. This book kind of had a quest like feel to me. The quest is always interesting because there’s also a prophecy as well.
Kira is definitely one strong heroine. I think her character is kind of hard around the edges in the beginning. Through out the book, you see some of those hard edges soften. She is definitely a young women who is thrust into a situation that is somewhat crazy and totally throws her for a loophole. Then she has to protect her cousin too, as the lives they have known come to an end in a way and have to begin a journey while escaping from the person who stole their birthright.
The prophecy here is really well done. I like that there are a lot of twists and things regarding the prophecy are kind of up in the air. Some of the minor characters also help our characters along the way as well. I mean there was some interesting twists that happened to our characters as well. The mythology and imagery were very well done as well.
Also Kira and her cousin really have a loving, caring relationship and sometimes bicker about things. She is there to protect him as he will be the future king. Love that Kira gets visited by spirits as well who help her along the way. Kira is not afraid to get into the thick of things as well. I like that she is willing to take risks for the people she loves.
Sometimes the dialogue can be a bit long, but it’s worth it because sometimes things that happen one moment will have an impact later on in the book. That is important because of what the prophecy entails. The prophecy is one that will help Kira and her cousin gain what they need to reclaim their birthright with their uncle’s help of course. Yet they need to get something. What they get is something unexpected.
The twists and turns regarding the prophecy were definitely different. I didn’t expect that there was some wiggle room, yet Ellen Oh does this brilliantly in the book.
One of the more satisfying books I have read.