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Oh, Ellen

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
"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"--

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062091093
Characteristics: 316 p. :,map ;,22 cm


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Feb 19, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 18, 2014
  • samy1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 25, 2013
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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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