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...From when I first saw this book on loads of WOW posts months ago I have been dying to get it, so I was so happy when it went up on Edelweiss and I was accepted for it. The fantasy aspect was enough and the Asian influence totally did it for me (i'm a sucker for eastern influenced fantasy books). As well as that, for those of you that don't know I'm currently learning Korean so it was also awesome to see all of the honorifics like Oppa and shi, which I totally understand and I loved it!
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.
The book starts out so well, I was immediately gripped by the action at the beginning which totally brings some intrigue into the book and it wasn't until about halfway through when things got a little bit repetitive that I was able to put it down. There was some inconsistency in the pacing of the book because at some points I got a little bored and at some points I was absolutely gripped.
I felt that there were some issues with the characters. Jaewon was the only character that I really liked because he was intrigued me, I'd like to learn more of his past. Kira seemed like a typical tough, misunderstood girl and Taejo seemed to hold no purpose except to get into trouble and be rescued by Kira, which annoyed me since he's supposed to be this big hero.
Oh's writing was very simplistic which meant that I felt quite disconnected from the story, the prose was quite flat and not very passionate and gripping, though the plot was gripping a lot of the time.
Overall, I loved the world and though there were some pacing issues I was still an interesting story. The writing and characters fell a bit flat for me though. This was a good read but not groundbreaking.
Overall Rating: C+
Book released 3rd January 2013 by HarperTeen
ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (eBook)
Other books from this author:
Diverse Energies (Short Story-Anthology)