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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
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen
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Steph Sinclair
May 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle Grade readers who enjoy High Fantasy novels
Recommended to Steph by: Myself

Actual rating is around 1.5 stars

On the back of my ARC it reads: "It's Graceling meets Eon in this action-packed fantasy adventure by debut author Ellen Oh." In all honesty, I think that statement does a huge disservice to all three novels. And because of that one little sentence, I went into Prophecy expecting something epic with rich descriptions, epic fight scenes and a main character worth rooting for. Unfortunately, I found none of that. I tried to love Prophecy. Truly, I did, but i
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had been looking forward to Prophecy ever since I read the synopsis. It sounds so bloody fantastic. But alas.

Okay, this may be unfair considering that the novel is Oh’s debut but I could not help but compare Prophecy to Eon/Eona. Considering the thematic nature and the similarities in not just setting but also subject matter, comparisons are inevitable. The Eon/Eona duology, though not without flaws, is a sophisticated work where prose, plotting and characterization are concerned. The novels a
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Who else thinks this is a copycat of Graceling?

I'm pretty sure Prophecy can be rewritten like this (bolded = Graceling copied, underlined = substituted with Graceling aspects):

"The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms . . . is a girl with green and blue eyes.

Katsa's the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s best friend. She’s the king's thug and an outcast, feared by nearly everyone in her home kingdom of Middluns. And, she’s their only hope. . . .

Kidnaped grandfathers and ty
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Writing this review gives me no pleasure. I've been eagerly anticipating Prophecy for months, ever since I heard the comparison to Graceling. On top of that, Ellen Oh totally rocks and I've loved conversing with her on Twitter. Even more excitement stemmed from the Korean setting; I'm completely obsessed with kdrama, and Korea as a result of that. Perhaps I should stop adding books compared to Kristin Cashore to my reading list, as I think three out of three have been monumental failures for me. ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
The writing. The writing, the writing, the writing. Awkwardness abounds. There's telling instead of showing, a lack of flow, character emotions that jump from one to another, and through it all, there's no sense of voice to get us engaged into Kira's third-person perspective. The characters tell each other information that's already been told; dialogue tags ("Brother Woojin said", "Kira asked", "Kwan said to Kira") are all over the place. It's like a new speed bump, every time you come up agains ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Prophecy is kind of a bundle of problems, but almost all of those problems can be directly attributed to the ultra-simplified writing style. Holy crap this writing is bad. It’s a rough sketch without shading or detail, a skeleton without innards or flesh. The bare bones of a story are here, with all the basic things that you need to get a plot from start to finish – this event happens, this character does x, this character feels y, this event takes x amount of time – but without any of the meat ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
If you’re looking for the start of the next great fantasy series, I’d suggest looking elsewhere, because Prophecy isn’t it. However, if you’re just looking for a serviceable fantasy with some straightforward demon slaying action and don’t mind the middling to poor writing, well, there are plenty of worse books I can think of than this one. So while I wouldn’t recommend picking up Prophecy over the book it’s obviously reminiscent of, Graceling, plotwise at least I wouldn’t say it’s leagues (or li ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is extremely clunkily written, rife with summary, half-scenes, and nonsensical chapter breaks. Everything is told, not shown, with bald statements and explanations of reasons for jealousy/anger/etc. told upfront. Kira was angry. Kira was jealous because she'd always been closer to Taejo. Kira's wounds magically heal overnight because of her magical tiger spirit.

The plot is a basic quest fantasy mixed with wartime because of an invading country, but everything is summarized or not even
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
Say no to bullying and ruining something before it even gets started. Fuck this shit.
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Prophecy is a mediocre fantasy that would be appreciated well by those who are daunted by the other door stopper novels in this genre. Clocking at 312 pages, it had enough of the elements to consider the book as such but sadly not enough to make it a memorable piece of literature.

At the end of the day, it all goes down to the author's inability to beef up her characters. They're what you see is what you get and therefore hardly remarkable. This is unfortunate because the synopsis alluded to a ve
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Prophecy is a book that I can easily see making it to the top on NYT Best Selling list. This book was fantastic! I read through it in a day and found myself craving more.

What gets me is that there is no romance whatsoever in this book. Usually I need at least a kiss, or a pinch of romance to keep me going. With Prophecy it was the main character that kept me going. Kira is a character that I found myself loving from the first chapter, and think that she is very well written. I was so engrossed i
Jul 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
I need this book. I NEED THIS BOOK! If you still don't get it well I'll say it again. I need this book or I think I might go insane. It sounds so good even if it sounds a little like Graceling but that's ok because I LOVED that book.

Can I have one? Please?

So I CAN'T wait for this book. It needs to get here sooner. Oh please let me read it soon. Don't let the world end.

When I get this book I know I'll be like this

If this book had a house this would be me

Yeah so now I'm done and you all probabl
Whitley Birks
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
This book was very...abrupt. Things had a tendency to just happen, out of the blue, with no rhyme or reason and with no build up. They get word that someone is invading a few hundred miles away, then the viewpoint character leaves for a couple days, and when she comes back the whole capitol city is taken over. Done deal, fat lady has sung, end of the matter, it's over. Boom. It's just a whole book of stuff like that happening. On top of being very abrupt, it was all extremely overblown, too. Peo ...more
Renée Ahdieh
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was one of the lucky few given the amazing opportunity to read "Prophecy" ahead of schedule, and I was completely blown away by Oh's writing style and subject matter.

Kira is a refreshing kind of heroine -- exactly the type one hopes to see young girls emulate. She embodies the best qualities of an epic hero, and also retains a level of accessibility that makes her refreshingly relatable.

The story itself is masterfully told. Oh includes just the right amount of the Korean culture to bolster aut
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, poc-mc, fantasy
Disclaimer: I'm Twitter acquaintances with Ellen Oh.

I wanted SO MUCH to love this book. It's set in a fantasy version of ancient Korea, written by an Asian American author, starring a strong female character! Yay! Plus, from what I know of Ellen from the blogosphere, she's a smart, thoughtful, and nice lady. Oh, how I wanted this book to be The One. Unfortunately, there were a number of issues that I couldn't overlook, things I couldn't connect with that kept me from loving it.

PROS: I don't need
Emily Anne
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Hmm, this is a hard book to review. Overall, I enjoyed Prophecy but some things just didn't seem right to me. Prophecy was pretty cool in some parts, dull in others, and sometimes the parts just moved to fast to catch anything. (There were so many "bad guys" I started getting confused about who did what!)

A lot of times I look at a dragged-out series and think that it could have easily been one book. I have a whole opposite complaint for Prophecy. A whole boatload of things happened to fast to gr
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, own-ebook
Prophecy is a refreshingly non-European fantasy set in mythical Korea, where demons have started leaking into the world and a legendary Dragon Masado is prophesied to save them all. I enjoyed the story overall. The plot line, while not that original, is interesting enough, since it's set in Korea and not generic medieval-England world. The characters were a bit static and the writing suffered towards the end; I would recommend this for younger YA readers.

The main characters were okay, although I
A book among books, 'The Prophecy' is truly a Chosen One - bringing light, fantasy and a brilliant adventure to readers' bookshelves.

I never thought I'd find the book. You know the one. Like the chocolate brownie, or the guy, or the place where no one can disturb your reading experience no matter how hard they try to (take THAT siblings!!). But here it is. In all its beautiful, prophetical glory. I am so happy!! *dabs at eyes*

My only regret?
Jaewon and Kira.
Like...come on. Seriously.
The chem
I love this book so much! The story follows Kira, a warrior who must protect her cousin, the future king of the Seven Kingdoms (an ancient fantasy-inspired Korea) from forces conspiring against him. The writing style reminded me of Tamora Pierce - action-packed, with a fully complete story arc (although it's the first in a trilogy).

I especially appreciated the extra content at the end of my edition which talks about Asian Mythology and Ellen Oh's wish for diversity in children's books (and this
Faye, la Patata
Can be read on The Social Potato.

Thanks Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing me a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Okay, as a Filipino who pretty much grew up in a society obsessed in Korean songs and soap operas, I've come to respect the country's culture, especially their history (that doesn't make me a fangirl in any way, though... I just respect it, not love it, hehe). I remember watching 4-5 years ago this Korean TV show calle
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Propecy, Prophecy, Prophecy. How do I review you? As for my rating, I was constantly juggling between 2 stars, 3 stars, then 2.5 stars.. I thought I had settled on 2.5, but then after I wrote my review, I decided to change it to 2. I just think 2 stars better reflects my review and overall feelings.

I think Prophecy fell into my hands at a very inconvenient time. Suddenly, I just wasn't in the mood for a high fantasy book. In the two weeks before I started t
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. The premise encompasses all the things that I love to read. I love fantasy, especially fantasy that features a kick butt heroine. And a kick butt heroine with deadly skills? Even better. I also liked that this book has Asian influences. And honestly, I thought the fact that it was being compared to Graceling, which I have read and loved, and Eon, which I have not yet read but hear great things about, was a GOOD thing. There are definitely some similarities to G ...more
Emily Elizabeth
As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

I really like books that spin off Asian heritage. My love of the Eastern culture is pretty recent, but I will admit to having an addiction. I expected Prophecy to blow my mind, and I was really looking forward to read Ms. Oh's take on a Korean fantasy world. Too bad I noted that I was bored within the first ten percent.

I honestly cannot think of anything positive to say about this novel besides the gorgeous cover. It fooled me into thinking this novel would be amaz
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

This book isn’t for me… Maybe if I have read it two years ago I would’ve probably liked it better, but now no.

The Prophecy opened up with a promising note.

People feared Kira.

They called her the Demon Slayer to her face and much worse behind her back. It didn’t matter that she was a first cousin to the crown prince or that she’d saved his life from a demon attack. Ten years was long enough for most to forget what really happened and instead to believe the rumors that beg
Ashley Lacasse
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Prophecy is about a girl with yellow eyes who is thought to be special in one way or another. While many believe she is a chosen one with powers others have different opinions.
Prophecy is based off the lines of another book called Graceling. In both books the girls are known in all the kingdoms as being killers with the mysterious eye color. Also both stories are mostly based off each other throughout the book and do not vary very much in style. The difference being, Prophecy was not as action
Pam Pho
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful fantasy. Plot moves super fast and our main character is badass and evolves monumentally.
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I reacted very fast at the names cuz it's not usuall names that we see in books. But i watch k drama and k pop so it was not something that bothered me. I liked i
Overall the book was alright
Dark Faerie Tales
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Korean mythology story mixed with family themes creates a fantastic journey across the continent.

Opening Sentence: People feared Kira.

The Review:

Kira is the most feared person in all the land. And only by misunderstanding. Others consider her a demon, when in reality she is the one killing demons, keeping the citizens of Hansong safe from demon invasion. But when the King becomes captured while Kira and the Prince are out hunting, it’s up to K
Brittany S.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Initial Impressions: little more than four stars
Thanks to Epic Reads and Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner for the ARC copy of this book! I won it in their giveaway.
I was really hesitant to read this book at first, mostly because I find myself not connecting with a lot of foreign settings (most specifically Asian settings for some reason - Maybe because I don't know a lot about the culture and the language?) so I was so glad that it didn't seem to be a hinderance with Prophecy. Okay, well it
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A tantalizing tale it captured me, I loved this book!

What captured me the most about this book is the great plot. It had a nice fantasy world building to it that is drew me in like a fly to a bright light. The beginning of the plot began with a girl, a warrior, strong, capable, and bitter. I like that all of these elements worked well with Kira's life. She is so busy helping others that she fails to take care of herself. Kira sacrifices everything for her loyalty to the prince after a war break
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Ellen Oh is a former adjunct college instructor and lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, and cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature. Ori ...more

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“If I can believe believe that the heavens have blessed me with a tiger-spirited daughter, then how can I doubt the existence of a Dragon Musado?" he said.

Kira didn't know how to react to her father's words.

"I believe that one person can change the world. Whether he is the Musado or a girl with a tiger spirit. The monks teach that we mere mortals cannot question fate. But I say that we control destiny by our every action. Our power lies in the choices we make." Her father placed his warm hand on her cheek. "In the choices you make. Remember, stay true to yourself and do what your heart tells you is right, and not what is easy.”
“Your differences are what make you unique. They're what make you special. You have nothing in common with these ignorant retches who thrive on superstition and fear. You were meant for greatness.” 7 likes
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