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Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  3,254 Ratings  ·  515 Reviews
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
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen
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Steph Sinclair

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 it ju
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  ·  review of another edition
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. . . .

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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 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Joy (joyous reads)
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
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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.” 5 likes
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