(The Dragon King Chronicles #1)
Author: Ellen Oh
Length: 312 pages
Publisher: Harper TEEN
Rating: 3 Stars
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.
This book is one that puts me at crossed purposes as a reviewer. The reason for this being that while the story is very well written; the character interplay and overall tone of the story was enough to set my teeth on edge.
Kira, the downtrodden, under appreciated, misunderstood, ostracized, savior of the world...who also happens to be a girl!
She is a powerful woman in a time and tradition where female parts are not allowed.
The thing that makes her plight so infuriating is the fact that the men that she must answer to are so mind-blowingly ignorant to the fact that she is the only thing standing between them and total annihilation.
It is not until the people have lost almost everything, kingdoms have fallen, and demons are literally at the door, that she finally gets the respect she deserves.
While I understand that this book is written to reflect Korean tradition and folklore; the constant negation of Kira's worth and the importance of her role as guardian to both Prince Taejo and the human realm at large was a serious sore spot.