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Warrior (Prophecy, 2) Hardcover – December 31, 2013
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Warrior by Ellen Oh, founder of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, will appeal to action-fantasy fans of Ranger's Apprentice, Eon, and Marie Lu's Legend series! With a strong heroine, romantic intrigue, and mythical creatures, such as a nine-tailed fox demon and a goblin army, Kira, the yellow-eyed demon slayer who protected her kingdom in Prophecy, is back—and her dramatic quest is far from over.
Kira has valiantly protected her kingdom—and the crown prince—and is certain she will find the second treasure needed to fulfill the Dragon King's prophecy. After finishing Ellen's first novel, Prophecy, School Library Journal said they were "ready for a sequel." Well . . . here it is! Filled with ancient lore and fast-paced excitement, this page-turning series is one riveting adventure!
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From School Library Journal
- Publisher : HarperTeen (December 31, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062091123
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062091123
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Lexile measure : HL730L
- Grade level : 8 - 9
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.09 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,874,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well-developed and fast-paced, the action never stops as Kira and her friends face a supernatural storm at sea, demon attacks, a conniving nine-tailed fox who wants to be human as well as a fierce fire-breathing dragon. Yet there is an emotional element to this plot when Jaewon returns to his clan and confronts his father and mother; one rejoicing at his homecoming and the other hating him. Other relationships take on a new dimension as Jaewon and Kira's flirtation heats up while she tries to come to terms with her feelings for an old nemesis who has changed, willing to sacrifice himself to protect her.
Blending Korean culture and myth into a fantasy that keeps you spellbound from beginning to end, the intensity and suspense of the story continually escalate not only as Kira and her friends face turmoil and violence at every step in their journey but with Kira's dreams and nightmares that add another chilling dimension to the story.
Kira still struggles with being a warrior in a male-dominated society, although with each triumph disdain and fear of her is slowly changing to respect and admiration. Although she is confident in her skill as a warrior and is learning to trust her instincts she continues to deny her femininity especially after being scarred and having to cut her hair. Like Kira many of the characters continue to develop and none more so than twelve year old Prince Taejo, the boy destined to become King and unite the kingdoms. Loyal to Kira, loving her like a sister he has begun to mature, shedding his boyish fears and anxieties while acting on her counsel and becoming resilient and determined. Haunted by a tragic accident and running from his guilt and pain Jaewon returns home shedding his melancholy and healing emotionally while gaining insight into his future.
I liked " Warrior" with its exotic landscape, thrilling plot and unforgettable characters. I look forward to reading the next chapter in this exciting and imaginative adventure.
I've been hearing great things about Ellen Oh's books for years now. I've been wanting to read one for a long time. However, I wanted to wait until the hype died down so I could form my own opinion, and not be influenced by those around me. Recently, I had decided that enough time had passed, so I decided to read her Dragon King Chronicles, which consists of Prophecy, Warrior, and King. While I'm not sure it was worth all of the hype surrounding it, I did find it enjoyable.
I did enjoy The Dragon King Chronicles. I read the whole trilogy within a few days time. I found myself flying through the books. However, it just didn't hold the magic for me that it held for others. I never found myself thinking that it was the best trilogy to come out in recent years, or anything like that.
The first book in the trilogy, Prophecy, was really good. It was fast paced, exciting, and had me wanting more at the end. The second book, Warrior, suffered from a classic case of second book syndrome. It was still exciting, but there were several times where I was bored, and thought the story line was dragging. By the third book, King, the story line was most definitely dragging out. It felt like most of the book was filler, just to get to the final battle. There were a few plot points that I did enjoy in King, such as how things were settled. For the most part, I just wanted to fast forward to the final battle. Then the final battle was kind of disappointing. While parts of it were awesome, I was expecting so much more.
Even though I wasn't thrilled with The Dragon King Chronicles as a whole, I did have fun reading it. I'm looking forward to reading Ellen Oh's other books, to see how her writing has matured, because this was her first series. I recommend this trilogy to teens who are looking for a fantasy read with a diverse cast of characters. Just don't go into it believing all of the hype.