Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Posted 22 January, 2013 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review, Featured / 18 Comments


by Ellen Oh (blog, twitter, facebook
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: January 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen
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Rating 3.5
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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 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.


There is something about High Fantasy that I love! It’s diving into a different and new world and get lost there. Prophecy sounds like exactly this kind of story that makes this genre so epic. A kick ass girl and an ancient Prophecy!


High Fantasy Setting with Asian Influence

The basic lore here is highly enriched with asian lore and customs. I actually truly enjoyed this combination even though I didn’t expect this from reading the synopsis. Often, Epic Fantasy stories focus on a lot of world building in the beginning, something that fast can become a little boring. Here, we were slowly introduced to the world, the basics and the magic boundaries. I might even add that I found some elements a little lacking, especially the magic aspect as I would have loved to understand more.

Kira – kick ass and different!

Kira was a phenomenal main character who easily owned the story and made it easy to connect with her. She’s the only female warrior and is very very different. Even though Kira is kick ass, she’s also a little timid when it comes to interactions with others, clearly feeling like an outcast. It made me feel with this unusual girl and I felt a little sad for her. But, she has both an inner and a physical strength that made her stood out. All she wants is to protect her little cousin who is the next king. I loved her determination and love for the prince. it was one of those relationships that makes your heart swell.

Ancient Prophecy, War and Mysteries

The prophecy was very fast introduced which easily added to the suspense of the whole story. It’s an action driven plot with a lot of fighting. I would have loved to get deeper into all the human relationships as I found they were rather undeveloped. I love following dynamics between the characters and I think there was a lot of room for improvement here. The same is true for the romance, which takes a rather inferior role in the book.

When finally more was revealed about the Prophecy I became excited again, seeing where this story is about to head with the upcoming books.

Bewitched Rating

Rating 3.5

Bottom Line

Prophecy by Ellen Oh is epic fantasy that will appeal to both boys and girls equally as it has a kick ass girl as the main character, but also has a great storyline and plot. I’m looking forward to the sequel as the end revealed an exciting direction. However, I found that the relationships between the characters was a little underdeveloped and definitely leaves room for improvement.



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18 Responses to “Prophecy by Ellen Oh”

  1. Personally, I kind of like that the relationships were “underdeveloped” (mostly from the romance side) because I felt like things weren’t rushed and crammed all into one book.
    So glad you enjoyed the book as a whole!! I was really surprised how much I liked it because I’m still getting in the groove of high fantasy and sometimes Asian themes are hard for me to connect with for whatever reason.
    Great review! 🙂
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  2. I had much the same reaction to this one Danny. Shocking, I know:) I really liked Kira, she was every bit the badass I’d hoped she would be, but I never felt like I got to know her or really any of the other characters. We just moved from event to event so quickly, and I wanted more time to explore the more subtle things. Oh, and of course, there wasn’t enough romance for me 😉

    • Oh it’s quiet shocking we had the same opinion on this one… lool!! And YES I totally missed the romance ;( There was a time in the beginning when it seems like there would be some good romance coming up, but this really doesn’t seem like it’s an important part of the story.. makes me sad!
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  3. I’m glad you enjoyed this overall, despite the underdeveloped characters. I have a copy and have been trying to squeeze it in to my schedule, but have been hearing so many meh reviews, it’s been difficult to get excited about it. I definitely want to check it out after reading your review. I’m a huge fan of kickass heroines. Great review!
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  4. I love high fantasy and fantasy with Asian influenced is something I’m really drawn to. I have heard a lot of mixed things about this so I think I’ll wait for the next one to come out and see if the world is maybe explored a bit more to where people are more satisfied with it. Then I’ll give it a shot. Your review has me thinking it may be worth a read though, since you liked it.
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  5. This is one of the few reviews I have read about it. I interviewed Ellen earlier this month. Fantasy is not a genre I normally read but I would give it a try on audio. Thanks for the review!
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    • I read some Interviews with Ellen and she seems awesome and I think it took her forever to write this book! I do think that she planned for more books, so I think this first one was more of a lead to the next one which I’m sure is going to rock!
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  6. yay for more non-western-world Fantasy! I’m sure in future books in the series we’ll get more development of the characters and their relationships.

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