By Ellen Oh
Published on January 2, 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Source: Aeicha from Word Spelunking
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.

I have heard some fabulous things about Prophecy.  Damaris from Good Choice reading loved it- so I knew I needed to get my hands on it and that I would probably enjoy it.  Luckily Aeicha was awesome enough to trade me Prophecy for another ARC so I had the chance to read it a little early.

Prophecy is not only fantasy, but it is the rare part of fantasy that is told from an Asian perspective.  Other books that take this route that I can think of are Spirit's Princess, Eon, and Eona.  I love this genre of books- but there really aren't many out there.  Kira is an unexpected hero.  She was born with yellow eyes and a "tiger spirit" that helps her to heal faster but also fight better, be stronger, and run faster.  The only issue is- Kira is a girl, and girls are not warriors.

Kira faces a ton of hate in this book.  She is spat at, yelled at, and hated on by the very people she is trying to protect.  She has developed a very low self-esteem because of it.  That is an interesting part of the book.  She is her kingdom's anti-hero.  She protects them even though they don't want her (not even realizing the danger they are in).  The story really shines, though, when Kira, the young  prince, and their group of friends journey to find the treasures of the Dragon Musado.

This book was slow moving at times, taking the time to set up an incredible amount of world building.  There is not an incredible amount of movement in the entire story, but there is enough action to keep the reader interested.  My guess is that the next two books will be much more action packed.

If you are a fan of fantasy, Asian culture, or reading about girls who are kick-butt, you should absolutely give Prophecy a try!

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