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Prophecy (Dragon King Chronicles Series #1)

Prophecy (Dragon King Chronicles Series #1)

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by Ellen Oh

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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 she's also 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,


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 she's also 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's prophecy, but the legendary lost ruby treasure just might be the true key to victory. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, an 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Newcomer Oh launches the Dragon King Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy equally grounded in Korean folklore and the epic Western tradition of quest adventure. Seventeen-year-old Kira, daughter of the top general in Hansong, calls to mind Robin McKinley's Aerin Dragon-Killer-physically different from her kin, socially ostracized, psychologically insecure, yet stubborn. This heroine's gift is the ability to literally sniff out demons and slay them, making Kira invaluable as a bodyguard to her cousin, the crown prince, but unwelcome among sneering court ladies and traditional townsfolk. Kira's royal relatives are arranging a political marriage she does not want, monks are proclaiming an ancient prophecy about a hero, and treacherous assassins haunt her dreams. It's a fraught existence, full of combat and touches of human empathy. With its historical setting and focus on adventure, the story should have a broad appeal, including to even younger readers, though there are some scenes of moderately graphic violence. With solid pacing and dialogue, it's a promising start to this trilogy. Ages 13-up. Agent: Joe Monti, Barry Goldblatt Literary.
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Cindy Pon
"Prophecy grabs you from the start and never lets go. Oh has written an exciting debut that promises more fantastic adventures to come."
Kirkus Reviews
In a magical ancient Korea, a demon-slaying princess defends her family and her kingdom. Kira may be the king's own niece and Hansong's lone female warrior, but that doesn't make her popular. Her yellow eyes and demon-hunting abilities make the citizenry fear her; her male clothing and fighting skills make the nobility loathe her. At least in her role as bodyguard to the heir, her young cousin Taejo, she has a purpose in the court. Hopefully that purpose will be enough to convince her parents not to marry her off to the attractive but vicious nephew of the king's advisor, Lord Shin. Despite all her suspicions, which are aided by prophetic visions, Kira doesn't foresee treachery soon enough. Lord Shin lets Yamato soldiers into the castle--many of whom are possessed by demons only Kira can see. She flees with Taejo, and thus begins a prophecy-driven quest to take back their kingdom from the Yamato and avenge their lost. Muddling through on equal parts martial arts and stubbornness, Kira finds new allies and gains desperately needed magical skills. Fans of Kristin Cashore's Graceling (2008) will be drawn to the despised warrior princess; fans of Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix (2009) will love the setting. (Fantasy. 13-16)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Hansong is one of seven ancient kingdoms undergoing infiltration by imps and demons. Kira is a demon slayer, gifted with special abilities since birth. She's sworn to protect her cousin, the crown prince of Hansong. Kira's dreams, along with an ancient prophecy, point toward an all-out war, with only one chance for the survival of the human race. So when their kingdom is overtaken by a traitorous lord, Kira and a small gang of loyal friends begin a quest to discover the foretold savior and revenge their families, while saving the world they know. Since the townspeople have no knowledge of the demon threat, Kira is perceived as an assassin instead of a protector. Being feared and hated has been a part of her life since she was a baby. The author's exploration of Kira's realistically complex identity is compelling, and the themes of self-acceptance and self-worth are strong. While clearly a coming-of-age story, at its heart, this is a true adventure novel. The characters are well drawn, the plot is both well conceived and fast moving, and the ending is just satisfying enough, while still leaving readers ready for a sequel.—Sunnie Sette, New Haven Public Library, CT

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Dragon King Chronicles Series , #1
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5.84(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.07(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Ellen Oh is an adjunct college instructor and former entertainment lawyer who one day picked up a Genghis Khan biography and was never quite the same again. It was the start of an obsessive fascination with ancient Asian history that led to years of researching, which culminated in writing Prophecy, her first novel. She also loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, and cooking shows, and she thinks the Last Airbender series was the best animated show ever created. Originally from New York City, Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three daughters and is always on the hunt for a decent bagel.

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Prophecy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
ACoyReader More than 1 year ago
Prophecy - fabulous new book from a debut author - This is the best compliment I can give any author, let alone a first time author – way past my bedtime, I kept saying, ‘just one more chapter.’ This book was released January 2 – when I read the promo, I had to go out and buy it. I was not disappointed. It is Asian-, specifically Korean-influenced which adds a wonderful backdrop for an even better story. I never felt like I could predict the storyline and it had some pleasant surprises with an extremely satisfying ending – also a smidge of romantic interest. I highly recommend it. @acoywriter
hganadil More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Book! Highly recommend it for readers who love ancient Asian based books! Prophecy by Ellen Oh was not even on my radar to read. It happened to catch my eye on the shelf at Barnes and Noble and when I read the flap it intrigued me, but it was not until I read about the author Ellen Oh, that the book made its way into my arms to purchase. Ellen Oh loves martial arts films, K-pop and K-drama! She instantly became a favorite. But the true test was in the story and characters she created in Prophecy. I personal have a very soft spot for stories that take place in the orient. Add in the mythology and demons and I'm almost instantly hooked. Ellen Oh does not disappoint with her story wrapped in all three. The story has a steady flow to it and all the major characters are introduced early on. Ellen Oh also does a great job of giving enough back story on each character to understand their drive and purpose, but they still retain mystery for books to come. The main character and heroine is Kira Kang who is a yellow eyed warrior, but also female, which in Asia is HUGE on so many levels. I instantly connected with her and her band of family and friends. She is a strong female lead, but has faults enough. This is a YA so of course all the major characters are teens. But I still found myself relating to the trials and tribulations they all faced. I cannot wait to read more from Ellen Oh and find out more about Kira's journey.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'Prophecy' is the first book in a new YA fantasy trilogy that follows Kira - the only female warrior in the king's army and the prince's personal bodyguard. She is also a demon slayer and is a pariah in her city. If her profession wasn't enough for people to be afraid of her, she also has the strangest yellow eyes - ones like nobody has ever seen. Kira stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the crown, her country, and her family. She must keep the prince safe, while trying to help solve the mysterious prophecy of the Dragon King - whom everyone believes to be the prince. In order to save the prince and find the key to unlocking the prophecy, Kira must face demon soldiers, evil shamans, and their Demon Lord. This was a thrilling, action-packed novel that I couldn't put down. I didn't know what to expect when I read the descripton, but I'm glad that I gave it a try - it definitely exceeded my expectations and then some. Kira is a really awesome heroine in the book. She's strong, fierce, loyal, doesn't care what people say or think about her, and definitely kicks serious butt. I immediately liked her from the start and only continued to admire her thoughout the novel. The plot was interesting and different from what I normally read. It was very well detailed and the descriptions of the people, the setting, and the history behind the story was very intricate and well done. It gave a clear picture of how things came to be and what was going on - even though it's a completely fictional place, I felt like I was there with the characters. I had no problem immersing myself in the story and could easily imagine the setting and the story as it played out. There's a ton of things going on in the book and it completely trashes genre labels. There's action, adventure, fantasy, suspense, a touch of mystery, and a bit of romance thrown in too. Overall, this was a fantastic first book of a really intriguing new trilogy. It definitely exceeded my expectations and speaks for itself. Although it may not be for everyone, fans of action and fantasy novels will be sure to devour it. I'll definitely be reading the next book to see where the story goes and what happens to the prince and Kira. Highly recommended! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Lynx379 More than 1 year ago
*Slight spoiler at the end!* This book was really great. The main character was strong willed and stubborn, and had been through very much. The only problem i had with the book was that despite her cities intense hatred of her, she did one great thing and all of a sudden they loved her...and she accepted that with ease. It just seemed a little false that someone that was hated to the point where she was stoned practically to death, could just forgive these people so easily. But other than that it was a great book filled with adventure with a little side order of romance :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing if u like action adventure and a little bit of romance this book is perfect for u.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I liked Kira, she is definitely a confidant and capable main character. I like it when a lady knows what she wants, knows how to take care of herself, and kicks ass.      What I didn't like about Prophecy was that I was thrown in with a bunch of unfamiliar terminology and places, and politics are not my thing, and it seemed that it took more of a center stage than I expected. I think that is my fault though, because while I like some fantasy, it has to be pulled off a certain way, and it is not flaw to the book when I can't get fully immersed.       There are plenty of action scenes and I also liked the build up with her protecting the prince as well as her sarcastic interactions with Shin. That is what made the beginning, and all of the politics okay for me. I think another thing that kept me from fully diving is is how Kira guarded her heart and that there wasn't any romance. Don't get me wrong, I don't think that a book has to have romance, or that a girl/woman should think that they need a man to be complete, BUT that is just my reading preferences.     Bottom Line: I read for Kira and those scenes. In the end, I think that this was just not exactly what I was expecting, but it was a quality enough book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Great, Fun Read!!! Anyone who loves strong female lead characters will LOVE this book! It's such a fun, quick read, once you start reading, you can't put it down. It has such a cinematic feel to it, that you feel as though you are standing in the midst of those incredibly vivid fight scenes. I really love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im blown away! Such an amazing author.You Go Ellen!
DunkinCrawler More than 1 year ago
Great book, fast read and great story telling. The world of Prophecy is fascinating and the main  character is really the "kick butt" type. I love Kira and can't wait for more from this author. Great job!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best series I have ever read. The setting/theme is amazing. I personally recommend this book series to you.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Since the day she was born, Kira has been an outcast. She was born with yellow-golden eyes like that of a tiger. As she grew, other differences became apparent, like her uncanny ability to to smell and see demons possessing human bodies. After her abilities help her to save the life of her younger cousin, the crown prince, Kira is trained to become a warrior and a member of the Prince's Royal Guard. When the Prince's life is threatened, Kira is faced with the greatest challenges she has ever faced before. Failure could mean the end of humanity. I loved this book. The action starts on page one, the mystery is gripping, and the legends were marvelous. I really liked reading about Kira's experiences and difficulties being a female warrior in a world where women just weren't. It was really great seeing the character struggle in ways that I felt were realistic to the time and place of the story line. Also this book brought with it stories and legends that I had never heard of before, which were refreshing and interesting. It is always nice to dip our toes into unknown waters every now and again. The characters were easy to connect with and to understand. I really felt like I knew Kira after only a little time of reading the book. I am excited to read the rest of the series and hope that some day my children may even read them. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys, or wants to try, Asian folklore or mythology. Wonderful book.
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Kira's is a good character and is developed well, but the story line is lacking.
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Absolutly fantastic! The book cought my eye when i was just searching for something to read. I read its summary and decided to give it a shot. Im so glad i did so!! This book is filled with emotion that gets you instantly attatched to the characters and the action in it will keep you on the edge of your seat! Im so glad i gave this book a chance and cannot wait for the author to come out with more!
mike_jung More than 1 year ago
PROPHECY marks the debut of an essential new voice in YA fiction. Ellen Oh's love for and fascination with the history and mythology of ancient Korea are unmistakable, and make this first entry in The Dragon King Chronicles a compelling, and ridiculously fun read. The action is wickedly fast and sharp, the political machinations are fascinating, and Kira is a complex character who quickly won my loyalty. I eagerly await the rest of the trilogy, and all of Oh's future work.
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The book is pretty good. Nice story development and characters seems to be properly set-up. However. The book is almost exactly the same as Graceling by Kristin Cashore with just a different character and setting which I felt was a better story overall than The Prophecy. They are both good reads.
girlandhernook More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at Nose in a Book A solid three out of five stars. This is the story of Kira, a strong warrior girl. Her sworn duty is to protect her younger cousin and the Crowned Prince Taejo from any and all harm. At the same time she is fighting with her culture, because she is hated by everyone in the land. This is weird, to me, because her job is to save everyone from demon attacks. Personally, I think that would make her liked by everyone in the town, but alas it doesn't. Another weird point is we, the reader, are told that people have no clue about her talent, yet everyone calls her the Demon Slayer. Weird, right? Still though, I like Kira she's strong, she tends to hate tradition (like being told who to marry), and can stand up for herself. Throughout the novel this becomes clear when a huge betrayal ruins the country and she ends up on the run with her cousin and a handful of others. The action scenes are extremely well written by Oh, and Oh isn't afraid to have Kira kill anyone. In my opinion, this is awesome when reading a novel. I loathe nothing more than reading an action book is the fear of killing off characters. Oh doesn't fear killing off characters one bit. It is also interesting that while this is heavily a YA book the romance section is almost always on the backburner. YA tends to be so heavily romance lately that it was interesting to read a book and have it involve romance, but at the same time not really involve romance. It was an unexpected twist. All of this being said, I could not get into this book. I tried, I even finished it, but when i finished it I had no interest in being the excited about the second book, which is upsetting because I was so excited for this book. This book to me is like Origin, it's a good book, but it isn't the book for me. It is a book I would call a Tina book. Tina and I agree about 80% of the time when it comes to books, but 20% of the time I book I find "meh" Tina thoroughly enjoys and vise versa. So me calling this a Tina book isn't an insult to the book, if that's what you thought, because I didn't mean that at all. If Tina's reviews are spot on to your book taste than this is very much so your book, but to me it's an okay one time read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Burning and Venom and Dragon and the fire in the Thistle all agree... a great ally Lillystar could be... you see... strong is she... owning every Ember of the clan... the fire in the Thistle would be fair... unlike the blood of BloodClan... she would share.... and if times were despret... she would ask... ever so kindly... for aid... and if the fire in the Thistle turns into the star of the Thistle... the star of the Lilly shall be rewarded greatly... so ally the fire in the Bush while she is young and not quite a thistle... and... good Lillystar will be rewarded... when ThornClan rises... they will kill the kill again... and the tear of the Lion will be rewarded for saving Dragon from a wolf... wgen ThornClan awakens from their slumber... ( the fifth prophecy is located at Venomkit and Dragonkit's secret hideout, you have to find it!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the character Kira and how she deals with being unwanted because of her fighting skills.
KimberlySouza More than 1 year ago
“Prophecy” by, Ellen Oh Kira is a warrior, a demon hunter, and a young woman of the royal family. Kira lives in Hansong, in the Seven Kingdoms (a land and time much like feudal Japan) and because of her abilities she is despised by most of her countrymen. Another strike against her is that Kira is one of the King’s army. In a time when women didn’t fight and were instead expected to marry, Kira feels at odds with everything. When the demons attack and (Taejo) the young prince’s life is in danger, Kira must use all her skills to keep him alive and save the kingdom. I really enjoyed reading “Prophecy”. I fell in love with the many wonderful characters and with the Seven Kingdoms world.  *Kira is strong, smart, and has a compassionate heart. (I love strong female characters in books) I felt everything right along with her and I pulled for her throughout the book.   *Kwan and Kyoung are Kira’s brothers. They are both warriors and wonderful brothers. I would like to read more about them.  *Jaewon is a traveler that Kira meets while on the run. He is handsom, sweet, and devoted to Kira. (I fell in love with him) I thought it was so sweet how Kira got flustered when they were alone together.  *Seung is Jaewon’s friend and traveling companion. He is blunt in a good way and very funny. I enjoyed him. *Taejo is the young prince and Kira’s cousin. He wanted so much to be brave and to help fight. I liked watching him grow and learn as he worked to save his people. “Prophecy” flowed really well and has an ending that leaves room for many more stories. I also enjoyed the use of magic in the story and the themes of following your heart and protecting family. It was a book that was very easy for me to immerse myself in. I can’t wait to read the next book by Ellen Oh.