Book Review : Prophecy
The Dragon King Chronicles #1
By Ellen Oh
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. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Hansong and the surrounding kingdoms have an Asian background which adds to Kira’s remarkable position. Women in Hansong are subservient to men, they are beautiful and protected. Kira is not like other women, and is the only warrior who can sense a demon’s presence which makes her invaluable as the protector of the heir to the throne. The King isn’t happy that Kira is his son’s bodyguard, and sees her as shameful to the family.
Prophecy is typical, in that Kira has to push against the system to find her place and that other people want to mold her into their ideas of what a young lady should be. The reason this fantasy novel works and stands out is because of the culture and setting which gives the book a fresh perspective. I am interested to see where Oh will go with the series and the mythology.
I loved how Kira’s father was so supportive of his daughter, and emphasises her inner strength. He was witness to a supernatural experience seeing Kira with a tiger and recognized that it was a manifestation of her abilities. It was great to have a positive daughter – father relationship. I also enjoyed Kira’s relationship with the prince, her brother and the mysterious young man. Over time Kira learns to rely on herself and not listen to others’ opinions.
Reading about Hansong reminded me of my travels in Japan and added to my enjoyment, however, Hansong is more similar to Korea. I loved the colors of the women’s clothing and the buildings. Demons are very much a part of the mythology of Asia and blended in perfectly with this world. Prophecy is written for a young female audience, probably 12-16 years old, and will be enjoyed. There is violence, but nothing is overly sexual. It has clean language.
3.25 out of 5 stars
- the Mother
If you liked this one try The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey for more strong female characters. Another creative series is A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr, which I highly recommend.