Prophecy

Prophecy

Book - 2013
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"A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King's army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King's prophecy and save her kingdom"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2013
ISBN: 9780062091093
Branch Call Number: YA OH
Characteristics: 316 p. :,map ;,22 cm

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nidofito
Feb 19, 2014

Simple writing that makes it seem it was targeted for a Middle Grade audience. Wish there was a little more personality to the characters. Apparently, everyone in this book besides me was convinced that Taejon was the Dragon Warrior. And am I the only one who wished Kira and Shin Bo Hyun had an opportunity to grow their relationship? I love the misunderstood, bad boys and the love-hate relationships that come with them. All in all, a mediocre fantasy read.

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samy1
Feb 18, 2014

I really liked this book, but the writing is not very high quality; it was rather stilted, and in some places it was grammatically incorrect. The overall plot was really interesting, though, and the characters are fairly easy to identify with. I would recommend this book for someone looking for a quick action/romance novel series.

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Eternally
Jul 29, 2013

This book was very ambitious but failed to deliver. There was no sense of action. no likable main characters, and no "believeability". The concept was super cool but the execution was lacking. If you're looking for an awesome, epic fantasy, lower your expectations going in. Prophecy has the plot to be able to entertain you, but it doesn't do anything special with it.

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sportsbookspce
Jun 25, 2013

Prophecy was a great book. At first I thought Kira would fall in love with the prince she is protecting but he is her cousin and is twelve.

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ychi
Jun 22, 2013

The writing. The writing, the writing, the writing. Awkwardness abounds. There's telling instead of showing, a lack of flow, character emotions that jump from one to another, and through it all, there's no sense of voice to get us engaged into Kira's third-person perspective. The characters tell each other information that's already been told; dialogue tags ("Brother Woojin said", "Kira asked", "Kwan said to Kira") are all over the place. It's like a new speed bump, every time you come up against a slice of bad writing, and it really takes the steam out of this book. There is an authentic Korean feel to this book, thanks to the character names, the food and the lifestyles. However, the worldbuilding falls short. Names of cities and the Seven Kingdoms litter the pages, so numerous that when it comes down the politics, there's no intrigue or anticipation on the part of the reader, since we don't even know who's who. Not even the prophecy ("Seven become three; three become one") makes the lands more memorable or interesting. As well, there seem to be no ground rules for the fantastical creatures: beyond demons and imps (who are apparently blanket-evil), it seems that anything goes. Fight scenes that spot the novel regularly are a highpoint: authentic fight vocabulary describes Kira's every movement and swords, arrows and appendages are flung about with convincing efficiency. However, they match the pacing of this book: short and stilted. Extremely short chapters cut off the scenes that would normally develop the characters and their interactions, and the multiple legs of the story's journey seem circuitous. Without solid writing, worldbuilding basics or characters worth investing in, this novel founders. Not recommended.

k_t Apr 29, 2013

A wonderful fantasy adventure, with an awesome main female character who slays demons. With the Asian folklore and quest-aspect, it reminded me of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It even has a bit of waterbending! If you're into fantasy, definitely check it out.

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