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Book Review: Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy by Ellen Oh is an exciting new series that I’m anxious to see progress. The first book is definitely a winner!

Book Review: Prophecy by Ellen Oh

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Title & Author: Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Genre: YA – Epic Fantasy

Release Date: January 2, 2013

Series: Dragon King Chronicles #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

Dragon Oh!

Right out of the gate, Prophecy starts with Kira – the yellow-eyed outcast who can battle demons taking residence in human bodies. She’s fierce, loyal and has some serious self-loathing issues.

Although Prophecy sounds like a typical paranormal read, it’s not. The book is set in some future or past version of an Asian-type location. How the author uses cultural words and ideologies reminded me of a lot of Shadow and Bone.

That lore and cultural shown in the book added so much depth for me. I loved reading about the religious mysticism and the royal traditions.

Other things that made me a fan of Prophecy:

  • Kira’s kick-ass heroine attitude and skillz
  • Strong familial bonds
  • Epic journey to discover hidden objects (Harry Potter shoutout!)
  • Dreamy wounded warrior-types

Sounds pretty exciting, no?

There were only a few things that kept me from truly raving and going nuts over Prophecy.

The narrative is told in the third-person omniscient perspective. It’s really, technically Kira’s “voice” that colors the book, but it’s told more like it is actual ancient lore.

That both intrigued me and threw me off. As I’ve said before on the blog, I don’t particularly connect with that type of narrative because I always end of feeling like I’m missing insider information. It’s just a personal preference.

Also, Ellen Oh treats the passage of time differently than many other authors. I would say maybe 4 times out of 5, when Kira and her cousin Taejo are traveling, the story skips over the journey and picks up when they’ve “landed.”

I definitely didn’t mind it per say, but because they traveled so much, I found myself needing to double check where they were and why.

Considering those were super minor things, I still loved Prophecy! It’s a fresh look at demons and fighting them, about destiny and fate and definitely about self-acceptance and love.

Oh and definitely power plays and betrayal. Yikes!


Mark this book on your TBRs. Even though the narrative style and how the passage of time was described weren’t my particular preference, there is so much to love about this novel. Ellen Oh’s Prophecy is a fantastic start to a new YA series.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.