Tuesday, 3 December 2013

ARC Review: Warrior (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh

Warrior (The Dragon King Chronicles, #2)Warrior

Author: Ellen Oh
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperTeen
Amazon
Release date: 31st December 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

First an outcast, now a hero.

But her fight rages on.

Kira, the yellow-eyed demon slayer who fiercely protected her kingdom—and the crown prince—has been proclaimed the Dragon Musado of the prophecy. With the defeated the evil shaman.

But it wasn’t enough. 

Hansong is in chaos. The Demon Lord’s minions have infiltrated the city, treason is brewing among the military ranks, and Kira is buried by the overwhelming loss of her parents. She’s also plagued by the annoying feelings that blossom whenever she’s around Jaewon. But she is determined that nothing will stop her from finding the second treasure needed to fulfill the Dragon King’s prophecy. Not even the army of half-breed demons hot on their trail. If only she could learn to trust others…

Her father always said one person can change the world. Will it be Kira?

Review: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Contains possible spoilers from the first book

When I requested Warrior I had no idea it was the sequel to Ellen Oh’s debut novel, Prophecy but I’m thankful enough background information was given to get a grasp of what had happened in the first book.

I really liked Seventeen year-old Kira with her unique ability to sense demons and slay them, now the declared Dragon Musado of a foretold prophecy since defeating the evil shaman and his imoogi she is still overcome with grief since the death of her parents but she is dedicated to her duty to protect her cousin, heir to the Guru throne and her kingdom and continue to search for the sacred treasures of the Dragon King needed to fulfil the prediction of her fortune. She had strength, determination and the courage I admire in my heroines and I loved the way she was out to defend her family’s honour despite not being fully accepted or trusted – she was different.

The plot is fast paced with wonderful action sequences; it is filled with secrets and mystery as we watch Kira fulfil her quest, there never seemed to be a dull moment for her; she had to be a true warrior. The world Ellen Oh has created is intriguing, it was quite simplistic with nothing over the top, everything was resolved nicely – probably a little too neatly but it was entertaining none the less.

There is not much romance unfortunately & I tend to prefer romance in my books for some reason, there is potential for a relationship but nothing really develops from Kira’s interactions with Jaewon which were quite sweet but still more of a friendship than anything more but you can definitely see the potential.

Also, I stumbled over the names and I found a lot of the characters to be there in the background but no-one person besides the MC, Jaewon and bratty Taejo really stood out.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ellen Oh’s crisp, concise and detailed writing and the Korean setting; I felt the ancient lore and myth was interesting and explained well.

Overall, a wonderful asian-inspired fantasy filled with magic, action, betrayal and wonderful characterisation, it’s an engaging adventure story. I’m excited for the next book in the series.

Thank-you kindly to HarperTeen/Eidelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Warrior by Ellen Oh.

3 comments:

  1. I am curious about this one. I have heard good things about the author and her work and I haven't read anything set in Korea. I would really like to read this sometime.

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  2. I love the setting for this, I have made the same error not realizing I was selected book two, but I am glad this provided enough back history. I do not need a romance, but like when there is one that slowly develops as a side over the course of the series.

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  3. I am glad to know that this is book two. I am so bad about reading books only to find out they are part of series then having to play catch up. This sounds great. I enjoyed your review.

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