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 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.
Let me sort out my emotions after reading this book really quick… Okay. First off, what’s up with Graceling? I mean, just the similarities between Katsa and Kira bothered me throughout the book. Sure, Kira is her own person in a lot of ways, but what really mattered was the frames. When you really got down to them, I felt like Kira and Katsa were the same person. There wasn’t much that set Kira apart.
I thought that Taejo was portrayed as very needy and weak. He’s a Crown Prince, for crying out loud! It was like he constantly depending on Kira for everything, to save him, to keep him out of trouble, he didn’t have anything of his own that made him powerful and strong–as a leader, a prince and a character.
I admit I did like Jaewon. I see a lot of potential for his character and the way things could go with him. Kwan was pretty cool as well. As for Shin Bo Hyun, I’m not quite sure what to make of what Ellen Oh ended up doing with him….
I don’t know if this is just me, but I’m getting this feeling that there’s a lot of show, and not a whole lot of tell in this story. In the beginning of the book, I kind of just brushed it aside because I figured Ellen Oh might’ve needed some time to sort out the setup of the book. I’ve read a few books that started out like that and got out of it pretty cleanly and then ended up being a pretty good book. But no, this is a recurring event. I really would’ve liked some built up on the story, especially the character’s pasts.
This book used a lot of foreign terms. A lot of them were Korean, so I understood the basic ones, but some of them I didn’t pick up on. It made me a little uncomfortable as the reader, as I kept flipping from the glossary to my current page.
Another consistent thought that kept nagging at me as I was reading this book: Should I or should I not put this on Tweens Read Too?
Seriously, I just didn’t know whether or not I should. I kept debating back and forth, slight details from this book convincing me not. I really wish that this book could’ve been MG instead of YA. I think I would’ve approached it knowing it was middle-grade fiction and might’ve had a more open mind for what I was looking for.
Yeah, and Kira isn’t just on the run with the young prince, Taejo. No, no, no, no. Haha, I wish. They’re traveling with a complete entourage.
If this book was what the synopsis said it would be, this would be a 4.5 star story. If, in fact, people started being attacked by demons and Kira and Taejo had to flee the city. If all the chaos happened in their wake. If Taejo matured into a king during his time with Kira. If Kira had taught him to be a king. If they got help along the way, acquiring Jaewon and then stumbling upon information about the ruby that would throw in a huge mystery and thriller element to this book. Oh, if only. (See what I did there? Ha ha ha, okay, I’m sorry.)
Despite all the faults I had with this book, I actually enjoyed bits and pieces of this story. There were a few lines here and there that made me smile. The beginning had me thinking that I was truly a blessed person to read this right after the fabulous THE IRON KING, by Julie Kagawa (review to come). I hope that the things I had problems with in this book will be amended in the second book, and I’m interested to see what will become of Kira and Taejo. 2 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 312
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles