I am also familiar with the culture and the food of the place though I am not a great aficionado of the pop music. Dramas are what I love and keep reading for a chance to see me cast Prophecy with Korean actors. Anyway, back to the review. Kira could have been a very interesting character had Oh given her a chance to develop on her own rather than handing all aspects and facets of her personality to us.
Showing rather than telling would have been better and the pacing is a bit too fast. Oh relies too much on reader familiarity with the trope. What I mean by this is that though readers have seen many female warriors in fantasy novels, each one is different and each one deserves careful development. We meet her and are immediately flung into the action. There needed to be more visual descriptions — that would have served to slow the pace as well as give us secondhand information about Kira — how she kept her room, what was in her room, her private conversations with her mother — these would have spoken immensely about her character.
I would think that saving his son would be enough to overrule his objections to her femininity. Instead, we have the first side of a love triangle forcefully established as Kira faces the dude who wants to marry her and instead of being totally repulsed by him she is unwillingly intrigued and that is it to their relationship. There is no gradual growth or conversation or any communication really apart from him popping up at odd intervals vowing to take Kira back as she is his betrothed and he cannot wait to have her writhing beneath him.
The other love interest, Jae something, is very interesting and perhaps one of the few people I was really intrigued by. The prince is very annoying simply because he is not very princely. If there is trouble to be got into, he gets into it. I would think that he being the prince of a country, would be aware of his importance to his people and would act thusly. However, he lacks the gravitas which is a bit unbelieving because despite his young age, he has been brought up to be the next king so it makes no sense that he would insist on going to places and in situations that could potentially kill him.
Korean culture and myth is so rich and so many of the mythical elements could have been worked into the narrative. Alas, not many of them were and I was just disappointed. There were a lot of terms used in the narrative that I hope will be placed in a glossary so that those not familiar with the language will be able to better visualize and understand. I have now written an essay on the book.
I wish I could have liked the novel a lot more than I did. It did not live up to my expectations. Make up your own mind. View all 36 comments. Jun 12, Bookworm rated it did not like it. Who else thinks this is a copycat of Graceling? Kidnaped grandfathers and ty Who else thinks this is a copycat of Graceling? Kidnaped grandfathers and tyrannical rulers point to a possible war , sending Katsa on the run with the young prince. With only the guidance of their Graces , Katsa must battle giant bears , brainwashed civilians , and the Twisted King himself to find what was once lost and raise a princess into a queen.
View all 6 comments. Writing this review gives me no pleasure. I've been eagerly anticipating Prophecy for months, ever since I heard the comparison to Graceling. On top of that, Ellen Oh totally rocks and I've loved conversing with her on Twitter. Even more excitement stemmed from the Korean setting; I'm completely obsessed with kdrama, and Korea as a result of that.
Perhaps I should stop adding books compared to Kristin Cashore to my reading list, as I think three out of three have been monumental failures for me. Much as I wanted to love this, Prophecy just is not good, especially not as a book for older teens or adult crossover readers. Oh's simple writing might better suit younger readers, just transitioning to fantasy. Those readers, too, might be less familiar with fantasy tropes and thus less aware of where the plot was going from page one. Kira sounded like my kind of heroine from the blurb. There are so many books that I have loved that centered on a female with major butt-kicking powers, including Graceling.
While Kira does successfully kick and punch and smite a lot of bad guys, she never does manage to develop any sort of a personality. When not killing things, she has no clue what to do with herself, bumbling along in a naive awkwardness. She has no interests aside from fighting and thinks about nothing but that and her family.
She is single-minded to the point of unreality. Worse still, Kira whines constantly, misunderstood by everyone in her kingdom. In theory, I should have her back; I mean, I've been friendless and it's incredibly awful, and certainly being the only woman in the army cannot be easy either. Because of the aforementioned lack of personality, I couldn't muster any feelings but annoyance.
She also read much younger to me. Everyone calls her Demon Slayer, and loathes her, thinking her a murderer of humans, unaware that she is actually slaying demons, who secretly wander the kingdom in human guise. Anyone else see the problem in there? If the populace doesn't know demons exist, why would they be calling her Demon Slayer?
Kira has increased strength, yellow eyes, and a powerful sense of smell to aid in her demon smiting. She mentions that the stench of unwashed people in a public house can give her a powerful headache, yet she wanders through several fetid sewer tunnels throughout the course of the novel without any ill effects. These plot holes irritated me greatly. Sadly, none of the other characters really have any more meat on their fictional bones. Taejo, crown prince of Hansong, has to be one of the most irritating child characters I have ever encountered in fiction. What a freaking useless brat! He has all of the fighting skills of the chick in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which is to say none; he exists solely for yelling, getting kidnapped, and needing to be rescued.
Despite his inability to do much of anything, every one in the world is convinced that he will be the Demon Musado of prophecy, meant to slay the evil doer, and that he will be the king to unite everyone. All of his decisions are impulsive and cause more trouble, but no one seems to notice how incredibly awful he is or that, should they not start training him soon, he would be the worst king in the entire universe. Instead, everyone indulges his temper tantrums and does what he says. The only characters I found remotely interesting were Kira's two love interests, though nothing much has been done with them yet, since Kira is too obliviously unaware to get involved in a romance.
For some reason, both are attracted to her, despite her inability to hold conversations for longer than five minutes. Both guys have a bit more depth and show some glimmer of promise. What really killed me, though, was how boring the action scenes were. If only the action had been great, the book could have been saved just a little bit. Unfortunately, everything happened too easily. Battles end in about a page and a half. People attack, Kira slices, Taejo gets grabbed, Kira chases and slices, and the battle is over.
This formula plays out time and again. There's no sense of suspense. The style is very telling, and just does not give a good sense of what's actually happening or make me care at all. The best part of Prophecy was that I made it into a kdrama in my head. This little movie got me through the book much more quickly. Also, even though I clearly didn't love the book, if they made this into a kdrama, I would watch it in a heartbeat.
They should definitely do that. It could be my first historical! A predictable plot, flat characters, and mediocre writing made Prophecy one of my biggest disappointments this year. Some may enjoy this, but it really was not for me. Hardcore fantasy fans will likely not be thrilled with Prophecy. View all 11 comments. Jun 08, Cyna rated it it was ok Shelves: Prophecy is kind of a bundle of problems, but almost all of those problems can be directly attributed to the ultra-simplified writing style.
Holy crap this writing is bad. The bare bones of a story are here, with all the basic things that you need to get a plot from start to finish — this event happens, this character does x, this character feels y, this event takes x amount of time — but without any of the meat Prophecy is kind of a bundle of problems, but almost all of those problems can be directly attributed to the ultra-simplified writing style. The bare bones of a story are here, with all the basic things that you need to get a plot from start to finish — this event happens, this character does x, this character feels y, this event takes x amount of time — but without any of the meat that gives a story depth, and makes it feel lifelike.
The key factor here is telling: They called her the Demon Slayer to her face and much worse behind her back. Ten years was long enough for most to forget what really happened and instead to believe the rumors that began soon after. Kira beamed at the gentle monk from Kaya. Whatever she needed, Brother Insu always tried to provide.
Thanks for not wasting time showing them interact or speak even once before this! Kira liked her uncle, sensing his sharp intelligence and his aura of power. But once in a while, she sensed a cold ruthlessness in him. After all, he was ruler of the largest kingdom in the peninsula. And it was clear that Taejo already idolized their uncle. If she were to be completely honest, some of her uneasiness stemmed from jealousy.
When I arrived, I explained to the king the mission you and your friends must embark upon. But he refused to let me speak with any of you, for it is a long and treacherous route back into enemy territory for such youngsters, and not a one among you has yet to see twenty years. He bowed in thanks as Seung set out a fur rug for the monk to sit on. The strange, kind of disjointedly direct writing undermines the story on every axis. But those facets are just as thinly developed.
The plot is a totally boilerplate fantasy Chosen One MacGuffin plot, and without any atmosphere or developed mythology or mystery to dress it up, the rote, naked utility of a MacGuffin plot is even more apparent. Like, why are there three items that have to be collected by the Dragon Musado?
Well, because there are three books. So, swing and a miss on the characters, plot, relationships, and world, but the nail in the coffin is the unexpected girlhate. I was really disappointed to find so few women in this book, and almost no meaningful relationships. Instead we get yet another Strong Female Protagonist TM surrounded by men, who loudly derides girly things and the women who like them. Kira was good at ignoring them, but still their contempt burned her. At her approach, one by one they flicked open their fans before their faces—a wall as fragile as butterfly wings and yet completely insurmountable.
How she hated them. Kira let out a frustrated groan. She was a soldier, not a simpering court lady. Actually, come to think of it, almost every single significant female character throws herself off a cliff eventually. I was really hoping to enjoy this one, but like every single aspect was a complete miss for me. Jun 18, Eden rated it it was ok.
The writing, the writing, the writing. 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 agains The writing. 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: Fight scenes that spot the novel regularly are a highpoint: However, they match the pacing of this book: 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. View all 7 comments. Jan 02, Mitch rated it liked it. In short, for a genre with awesome characterizations, fantastical settings, richly detailed descriptions, and even whimsical inanimate objects, Prophecy falls kinda short in all the requisite departments. The bigger issue though is that the poor writing bleeds into the other aspects of the story and really does a great disservice to this book.
And the second guy, Jaewon? Hardly felt his presence at all. So would I recommend Prophecy? But I liked it, even if the clunky writing made the characters seem like they were shouting at each other when they were merely excited, because, even after finishing this, I can still imagine myself reading this on a rainy day if there was nothing else. View all 15 comments. Jan 16, Alz rated it did not like it Shelves: This book is extremely clunkily written, rife with summary, half-scenes, and nonsensical chapter breaks. Kira was jealous because she'd always been closer to Taejo.
Kira's wounds magically heal overnight because of her magical tiger spirit. The plot is a basic quest fantasy mixed with wartime because of an invading country, but everything is summarized or not even This book is extremely clunkily written, rife with summary, half-scenes, and nonsensical chapter breaks. The plot is a basic quest fantasy mixed with wartime because of an invading country, but everything is summarized or not even summarized, things just happen or people just appear.
All characters are exactly as they appear. Subtltety and intrigue, thy places are not within the realm of Prophecy. Even the titular prophecy itself becomes more than a plot device--as you'd expect, there's a twist or two involved, but it's one of those twists where, if the thought occurred to you beforehand, obviously it's not much of a twist--but then again, the prophecy itself is so poorly-explicated by the various monks, well, you might not have guessed otherwise.
The quest too is both very long in that it takes them forever to get there, in part because they're supposed to wait for a certain time, but it's only explained in a one-liner pages later why they had to sit around and wait and very short in that once they get to where they're going, they pretty much just walk in and find their thing and walk out. One does not simply walk into Mordor, but one simply does walk into the Diamond Mountains.
As for villains, well, you know that evil shaman mentioned in the blurb? He feels like an afterthought thrown in to give Kira something to focus on. He's the vaguest token villain ever who hardly even matters in the story. The book lacks it in every way. The characters have none, the writing has none, the themes only dip a toe into depth--for instance, Prince Taejo's road to his coming-of-age was the best part of this mediocre story, and by "best" it's still mediocre because there's not enough of it.
The only good thing about this book is the Korean-based setting. The details and research seem authentic, but even so the depiction of many details feels mechanical because of the clunky writing-style, like reading a Wikipedia page describing a building with hexagonal rooms or mentioning the floor has a unique floor-heating system without bothering to explain how exactly said floor-heating system works. Like, I mean, that's a good interesting world-building historical detail, but all the research and details are under-utilized and poorly-represented. There's a scene of what is essentially mass suicide that Kira witnesses and it's covered in approximately one paragraph.
There are other scenes where you'd expect an account of their harrowing escape from etc. Other times there will be exciting summary along the lines of "and then on the way there, they were attacked by demons and barely escaped soldiers", followed by a riveting scene of our intrepid party sleeping bundled up against the cold, because that's really what I want to read about. Actually, I take that back. I was getting tired of reading the action scenes because 1 they're very mechanically described while at the same time being 2 unclear.
Does that make sense? Kira will be kicking ass in one place and suddenly she's in another and suddenly more demons "appear" that is a word that frequently pops up in these action sequences and she'll be fighting them and suddenly other people are dead and others are kidnapped and then it's two hours before Kira rides off to the rescue. Basically, there's not enough description that matters; all the words are wasted on telling us how Kira waves her sword around--which comes with another extremely frustrating element of this very problematic book.
Kira is supposed to be this super badass Demon Slayer. At one point, she's literally shooting in the dark at demons and regular-but-evil-or-enemy soldiers and kills like 30 of them with all 30 of her arrows, and then she's decapitating them and cleaving them in two and stuff, and then in the next instant she's easily disarmed by this possible-love-interest-that-I-didn't-buy. Not only does he disarm her with a single move, he also sweeps her up into an embrace against her will. And I mean each critical time individually; in the same scene, she will go from Badass to Martial Arts Moron within the span of a page.
Outnumbered in this part? Never fear, she hacks her way through! Kira gets served a hot dish of smackdown. Hmm, maybe I have pinpointed it there. I wish this book had been better. If it had just been written better, it could have bumped itself up anywhere from stars. The plot is generic, but the setting and basic details are good--it's the characters and writing style that make this book a chore to wade through with no real reward at the end. Nov 14, Joy joyous reads rated it it was ok. Prophecy is a mediocre fantasy that would be appreciated well by those who are daunted by the other door stopper novels in this genre.
Clocking at pages, it had enough of the elements to consider the book as such but sadly not enough to make it a memorable piece of literature. At the end of the day, it all goes down to the author's inability to beef up her characters.
They're what you see is what you get and therefore hardly remarkable. This is unfortunate because the synopsis alluded to a ve Prophecy is a mediocre fantasy that would be appreciated well by those who are daunted by the other door stopper novels in this genre. This is unfortunate because the synopsis alluded to a very strong female character that had the power to save mankind. In fact, a lot of the hype surrounding this book had to do with her similarities to Katsa, Graceling 's main character.
And I'm a fan of Katsa; Cashore developed her in such a way that she's become one of the strongest female standard, in my opinion. Kira, however, didn't really live up to it. Oh she can slay demons, I give you that. However, she's not a very convincing character; she lacks heart and the chutzpah.
It all comes down to writing, I suppose. I'm supposed to admire her because she is what she is. But that's not how I fall in love with characters. It's a process, you see. I need to see how she came to be; I need to feel how she felt. I must say that Shin Bo piqued my interest. He's Kira's supposed betrothed but was in league with the bad guys. But because Oh didn't really spend too much time developing her characters, the romantic elements in this book just made for an awkward read. I had so much hopes for these two because I've always been a fan of two strong clashing personalities who found it difficult to resist their attractions for one another.
There's also another guy in the picture but in all honesty, he's not even worth the mention. I didn't sense any urgency with their quest as well. It was as if the characters were following a step-by-step procedure written by the author. As much as I'd like to say her legends and myth were researched well, I can't.
I'm not going to pretend I know anything about Korean ancient world. I can only take her word for it. If I dismissed the fact that this book was based on an interpretation of that world, then I can truthfully say that it was well done. There's a wide-spread usage of Korean colloquialism in this novel that may hinder the readers from fully enjoying this book. Even though there was a glossary of terms to help us, it made for a choppy read because I ended up stopping just to find out what the word means.
In the end, I think this is one of those rare instances when I wished the book was longer than it was. It could've used a hundred more pages of substance, in my opinion. This book was fantastic! I read through it in a day and found myself craving more. What gets me is that there is no romance whatsoever in this book. Usually I need at least a kiss, or a pinch of romance to keep me going.
With Prophecy it was the main character that kept me going. Kira is a character that I found myself loving from the first chapter, and think that she is very well written. I was so engrossed in the story that a romance wasn't even on my mind. I loved every little thing about the book, the world, and the characters. I can see a romance coming, but if I am wrong I will be okay with that.
Prophecy has enough action to keep you glued to the pages. I felt like I was watching a movie play out. Everything that takes place left me at the edge of my seat. With Kira killing Demons, protecting her family and friends, every chapter revealing a little at a time, all the betrayal, secrets, what is there not to like about this book? It's just a non-stop roller coaster ride. The only thing I had a bit of an issue with was the names of the characters. They were very similar or hard to pronounce.
After the first couple of chapters, though, I caught on and was able to look past it. The book started out a 4 star for me, but turned into a 5 star well before the middle. This book can be read by adults and teens. A definite Good Choice for Reading! You will be entertained from beginning to end. Jul 25, Erika marked it as to-read Shelves: I need this book. If you still don't get it well I'll say it again. I need this book or I think I might go insane. Can I have one? It needs to get here sooner. Oh please let me read it soon. Don't let the world end.
When I get this book I know I'll be like this If this book had a house this would be me Yeah so now I'm done and you all probably t I need this book. When I get this book I know I'll be like this If this book had a house this would be me Yeah so now I'm done and you all probably think I'm a little strange but its ok because Feb 03, Whitley Birks rated it it was ok Shelves: This book was very Things had a tendency to just happen , out of the blue, with no rhyme or reason and with no build up.
They get word that someone is invading a few hundred miles away, then the viewpoint character leaves for a couple days, and when she comes back the whole capitol city is taken over. Done deal, fat lady has sung, end of the matter, it's over. It's just a whole book of stuff like that happening. On top of being very abrupt, it was all extremely overblown, too.
Peo This book was very People didn't just fear Kira, they called her names to her face and spit at her and cried out at her very presence. Out of curiosity, why would you openly insult someone you believe to be a fire-spitting fox demon? They don't just look down on her for being female, not, they scoff at her and call her names and say "get back in the kitchen. I couldn't take any of her adversary seriously because I was too busy rolling my eyes.
Hey, author, misogyny is a bit more complicated than that, but congrats on pointing out that we shouldn't be called 'stupid creatures' to our faces. Speaking of misogyny, maybe try not to explicitly state that every single female except your main character is a simpering, feather-brained moron who's good for nothing but to look pretty. Not making that up or exaggerating; Kira really says that. She also calls all females weak. The whole book is just so simple. The plot is simple, the characters are simple, the motivations are simple, the writing is simple.
There's crazy amounts of telling and characters that will just stand up and deliver backstory and motivation like a soliloquy. Nothing about it ever feels real or natural. I thought the world might save it. I picked it up thinking "Yay, Korea! Like so much else, this is just Stock Fantasy World with Korean names for things pasted on. It doesn't feel like a different culture so much as it feels like high school with hanboks. Where's the complicated social structures to determine superiors, the different forms of address for different people, the dedication to family, the incredible merit-based values system, all the things that make Korean culture awesome and different?
If you took the italicized words out of this novel, no one would have a clue it was supposed to be different. May 30, Emily Anne rated it liked it. Hmm, this is a hard book to review. Overall, I enjoyed Prophecy but some things just didn't seem right to me. Prophecy was pretty cool in some parts, dull in others, and sometimes the parts just moved to fast to catch anything. There were so many "bad guys" I started getting confused about who did what!
A lot of times I look at a dragged-out series and think that it could have easily been one book. I have a whole opposite complaint for Prophecy. A whole boatload of things happened to fast to gr Hmm, this is a hard book to review. A whole boatload of things happened to fast to grasp. The author could have expanded a lot of things, and either made a bigger book, or cut Prophecy into two books. I never thought I would say a book was too action- packed. Because of the whole rushing-the-story thing, I never felt I got a connection with any of the characters.
Which is a shame because Ellen Oh did create some great characters, and I definitely hope in the second book, Warrior, the audience gets to dwell on each more. Kira, the demon hunter, was overall a cool main character. She was different from any of the other main characters I have read about. I also enjoyed reading about her brother and her dad. To be honest, I never felt connected to the young prince. I had an extremely hard time visualizing him, and he acted like a variety of ages. Kira's love interest I think, so far all the readers can do it predict who will go unnamed because I forgot it, was very sweet and I was disappointed we didn't see more of him.
The plot was, as I have ranted about, rushed and all we can do is hope Ellen Oh slows down in future sequels. The Asian mythology was interesting, though had many complicated names I was prone to forgetting. Demons and other creatures bounded from the pages pretty vividly when they turned up. These were some of the better scenes. I especially enjoyed the beginning demon scene. Overall, Prophecy didn't meet my expectations, but I will definitely check out the next book!
Feb 22, Renee Ahdieh rated it it was amazing. I was one of the lucky few given the amazing opportunity to read "Prophecy" ahead of schedule, and I was completely blown away by Oh's writing style and subject matter. Kira is a refreshing kind of heroine -- exactly the type one hopes to see young girls emulate.
She embodies the best qualities of an epic hero, and also retains a level of accessibility that makes her refreshingly relatable. The story itself is masterfully told. Oh includes just the right amount of the Korean culture to bolster aut I was one of the lucky few given the amazing opportunity to read "Prophecy" ahead of schedule, and I was completely blown away by Oh's writing style and subject matter. Oh includes just the right amount of the Korean culture to bolster authenticity, and yet ensures that the reader will not become boggled down by new terms and ideas so much so as to lose sight of the tale.
Dragons, sword play, demon chasing, a hint of romance, and a quest for the truth of purpose all make "Prophecy" exactly the kind of story to read with a youngster or all on your own. Ellen Oh has written a wonderful tale, and I feel privileged to recommend "Prophecy" to readers of all ages with the strongest conviction that you will love it just as much as I did. A floor-touching obeisance, Ms. Jun 18, Krispy rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm Twitter acquaintances with Ellen Oh. It's set in a fantasy version of ancient Korea, written by an Asian American author, starring a strong female character!
Plus, from what I know of Ellen from the blogosphere, she's a smart, thoughtful, and nice lady. Oh, how I wanted this book to be The One. Unfortunately, there were a number of issues that I couldn't overlook, things I couldn't connect with that kept me from loving it. I don't need Disclaimer: I don't need all my strong heroines to be butt-kicking warriors, but I do like girls who are tough, who can do what the boys do and then some. Kira fits this bill. This makes her an outsider in her patriarchal society, but so does her appearance and supernatural abilities.
She is struggling against a lot, and I like that even though she's tough, she's also vulnerable in her loneliness. There's a hint of romance in this book, but I like that the overriding themes and most important relationships are about family and duty. The setting and world-building is also a plus. I'm always thrilled when fantasies stray away from the generic medieval Europe scene, and while I've seen Japanese and Chinese-based fantasies appear here and there, Korea has been a relatively untapped East Asian source.
So it was definitely cool to see the similarities and differences in the folklore and history of Korea compared to the somewhat more familiar representations I've seen of Japanese and Chinese folklore and history. The cultural influence was obvious and it seems well-researched. Other reviews have mentioned this too, but there is too much telling and not enough showing in the text.
This led to characters without layers, and the few who seemed to have more depth to them never have that depth explored. The text was also too heavy-handed at times, constantly emphasizing and re-emphasizing the same points. I understand the need for this to show theme or to make a point e. On top of that, I often felt like the pacing of scenes was a little off. Scenes would start off mundanely enough and then suddenly veer into the very dramatic and then end abruptly. Before I could process the terrible thing that was happening, the terrible thing would be stopped or over and then the scene would end.
It was hard for me to rate this book because it was so frustrating to me. I can see that it has the elements and framework for a decent to good fantasy read, and I can see the research and thought that went into this story. I think a lot of that had to do with the way this story was written and my inability to connect with the writing and characters. All in all, it was an okay read, and I can see that it can appeal to younger readers, especially those new to fantasy or looking for a different flavor of fantasy.
As an older, more discerning reader though, I liked the world, but I need more meat on those story bones. May 18, AO rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this book so much! The story follows Kira, a warrior who must protect her cousin, the future king of the Seven Kingdoms an ancient fantasy-inspired Korea from forces conspiring against him. The writing style reminded me of Tamora Pierce - action-packed, with a fully complete story arc although it's the first in a trilogy. I especially appreciated the extra content at the end of my edition which talks about Asian Mythology and Ellen Oh's wish for diversity in children's books and this I love this book so much!
I especially appreciated the extra content at the end of my edition which talks about Asian Mythology and Ellen Oh's wish for diversity in children's books and this was back in before WeNeedDiverseBooks, which she founded. Looking forward to reading the sequel, Warrior! Aug 20, Emily Book Jems rated it did not like it Shelves: As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews! I really like books that spin off Asian heritage. My love of the Eastern culture is pretty recent, but I will admit to having an addiction.
I expected Prophecy to blow my mind, and I was really looking forward to read Ms. Oh's take on a Korean fantasy world. Too bad I noted that I was bored within the first ten percent. I honestly cannot think of anything positive to say about this novel besides the gorgeous cover. It fooled me into thinking this novel would be amaz As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!
It fooled me into thinking this novel would be amazing. The premise was glorious. Demons, murder, prophecies and royalty? It's everything a fantasy lover could wish for! The cover makes you believe that dragons will be involved, and they really weren't… Boy, was I in for a shock when instead of the epic story filled with dragons, magic and swords, I got swords and a tiny bit of magic!
Kira is the king's niece, the prince's bodyguard and the only female in the army. These are not the only things that makes her an outcast. She's also a demon slayer, which makes those around her immediately fear her. After her home, Hansong, is invaded, it is up to Kira and a small group of her companions to unfold to the Dragon King Prophecy and save the people and the kingdom.
Now what exactly was wrong with Prophecy? It was completely predictable. The characters were obnoxious, few seemed realistic and none of them were likable. The writing was an unsettling combination of modern and historical. I honestly couldn't get a good idea of the exact era the story was supposed to take place in--so obviously, the world-building is dreadful. This needed so, so much work. It's almost impossible to like a book when you don't like any of the characters.
And these characters were not easily to like. Personally, I didn't like any of them--to the point where I don't remember anyone's name besides Kira. No one else felt "solid," if you will. Kira's relationships with everyone were awkward. I absolutely could not stand her cousin, the prince. He might have been my least favorite character, which is sad because that means I liked the villains more than him. The author really focused on the wrong aspects. She didn't write characters to connect with, or a captivating plot. She seemed to want to fill the story as much as possible instead.
I mean, had the book been expanded, it held enough to really make an entire series! So much happened in such a small book. I know that longer doesn't necessarily mean better, but Prophecy desperately needed some extra girth. So many details were brought into play, but nothing was expanded on enough to help the audience understand. The information that needed to be in the story was left out. By the time it was over, I felt immensely relieved.
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But there was also some disappointment because I wanted so much for it to be good, but it fell totally and completely flat. I'm extremely annoyed because Prophecy was an utter mess. Nothing about the book made sense to me. It just did not work. I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher for my honest opinion and review. I also received a finished copy after winning a giveaway. View all 5 comments. Mar 24, Marina rated it liked it Shelves: Prophecy is a refreshingly non-European fantasy set in mythical Korea, where demons have started leaking into the world and a legendary Dragon Masado is prophesied to save them all.
I enjoyed the story overall. The plot line, while not that original, is interesting enough, since it's set in Korea and not generic medieval-England world. The characters were a bit static and the writing suffered towards the end; I would recommend this for younger YA readers. The main characters were okay, although I Prophecy is a refreshingly non-European fantasy set in mythical Korea, where demons have started leaking into the world and a legendary Dragon Masado is prophesied to save them all.
The main characters were okay, although I think Kira could have used a bit more personality aside from the kicking butt skills. It doesn't seem like she does anything else aside from fighting and protecting the royal family. The main cast also consists of mainly men and all the women --aside from Kira's mother-- get painted in a negative light. Of course, all the ladies in court hate her and make fun of her and she doesn't have a single friend aside from her brothers. I'm glad that at least her family didn't hate her guts. Also, for someone who was practically raised to protect the prince, she is incredibly incompetent at protecting him.
She constantly leaves his side when they are being attacked to fight the attackers. Listen I'm not a body guard, but you kind of need to stay by someone side when they are being attacked in order for them not to be killed. What, does she think the attackers will wait in orderly fashion to attack, or just not attack him while she fights them?
Not only that, but she constantly allows him to accompany them into dangerous situations in which he may be killed. All he has to do is throw a tantrum and she bends. Listen, maybe if he was fifteen or sixteen fine, but the boy is twelve. He is incredibly immature and spoiled. He is also the last of his line, so maybe instead of letting him go on a dangerous mission, you-- Oh, I don't know, lock him up, throw away the key and put guards every two feet.
But no, she lets him come, and of course, he gets captured, threatened with death, and she of course is subdued. Who the hell left her in charge? The secondary characters were so static, that I honestly had trouble telling them apart sometimes. The novel starts off great, but I feel like the quality of writing deteriorates from the beginning to end. And a wizard in training. She works for Roland, a member of the Vatican Shepherds — an elite group of twelve warrior priests who travel the world smiting whatever offends them or their Good Lord. She trains with Roland only to learn how to use those strange magical powers inside her.
And because Roland had once saved her and her friend from monsters in a dark alley.
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But when a Heavenly spear enters an auction in Kansas City, and Roland is gravely wounded, Callie finds herself forced to step up as an interim Shepherd, and her first night on the job puts her in a bidding war against the infamous Nate Temple — the billionaire wizard from St. And when demons, shifter bears, vampires, and Nephilim attack the auction for the spear, Nate and Callie are forced to join teams, and one-time foes become hesitant allies.
Callie must learn where she stands as a wizard. Will she hide behind a man, or light Kansas City afire with a name of her own? And will she finally come to appreciate God? Or will the demons and monsters in the shadows take her for themselves? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Unchained by Shayne Silvers.
Unchained Feathers and Fire, 1 4. Kindle Edition , 1st Edition , pages. Feathers and Fire 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Unchained , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Wait is Nate engaged? I don't remember that but now I'm in the second book and it says he is? See 1 question about Unchained…. Lists with This Book. Aug 15, Runningrabbit rated it it was amazing Shelves: Swinging in chains KU A great new find to add to my series to follow list.
A tough female protagonist with some good side kicks. There were, unfortunately, a couple of plot scenarios that the reader can see coming, but it is a rare occurance with any novel where there is a true twist so I can't say that this is a surprise.
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I'm desperately waiting for book 2 and keeping an eye open for any fresh work from this author. Jul 30, Ron MacQuarrie rated it liked it. Couldn't finish it The premise is good: Who attacked her, why when, etc. So now she's caught in extreme PTSD to the point of being helpless under stress. Anyway, as far as I read it; it was like that. Silvers seemed more interested in pacing than in creating a good story. Jul 11, Kate Williams rated it it was amazing.
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Unchained Review If you want an urban-fantasy that has a lot of action and excitement then Unchained is a great book for you to read. Unchained is about Callie and her friend, Claire. They work together to stop the end of the world as we know it. Callie is a fierce wizard with white hair. Callie uses mainly magical rods, but also uses fireballs and staves. When contrasting Callie and Nate Temple, the main character of the authors previous series, you could say that Callie is more self reliant, Unchained Review If you want an urban-fantasy that has a lot of action and excitement then Unchained is a great book for you to read.
When contrasting Callie and Nate Temple, the main character of the authors previous series, you could say that Callie is more self reliant, serious and understanding. Compared to WonderWoman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you could say that Callie is a strong female lead that is just as willing to save a life as they are. Callie, however, is less likely to kill someone or thing, than Buffy or WonderWoman. Claire, Callie's friend, is a Regular.
She has a background in medical training and has saved many life's, including Callie's. She wouldn't kill anyone unless forced to and is very caring. Claire and Callie has been friends for as long as they can remember. Claire knows all of Callie's secrets and has been through a lot with her. If you compared this book to the first Nate Temple book, this book is more well rounded.
This book has a nicer flow than the Nate Temple book. Overall I'd say this is a really great book. When the book slows down it still is interesting and detailed enough to keep the reader's attention until there's more action, which I personally like. This book is one of my favorites and it was a lot of fun for me to read.
This book was also really inspirational, because it has a strong female lead. Part of the reason I compare Callie to WonderWoman and Buffy is because they are also strong female leads and people look up to them. Callie is another hero for people to look up to. She could be the next hero they make a movie about.
She is at least a hero in my eyes because she saves people and the world. Buffy, WonderWoman and Callie also all pass the Bechdel test, a test to see if the movie or book has two women who talk to each other about something other than guys. This test is important to me because it symbolizes the fact that women are important as well and deserve to be treated that way. Aug 04, May rated it really liked it Shelves: Character development for Callie was good, and she was really relatable. She likes to take charge and not rely on anyone, but I think it would've been nice if she were more accepting of Nate's help.
There were some cute NatexCallie moments though! Also it was kind of obvious what Jonathon was, and I think the ending was too rushed. There was a lot of new info at once and it was hard to digest. I'm sure it goes into more detail in the next book though! Overall a great start to a new s Great story! Overall a great start to a new series.
Strong heroine Action-filled Good character development Budding relationship Feb 14, xxkitsunexx rated it it was amazing. I first read The Nate Temple series books before i started this book and absolutely loved that series although it not necessary they do cross paths in this series. This arthur has what it take to keep the reader reading so many other worldly creatures you name it this arthur brings them all to life in both series, i really enjoyed Callie and her story strong willed sassy but not overconfident gets as many knock as wins this book was none stop page turner of action i found myself laughing o I first read The Nate Temple series books before i started this book and absolutely loved that series although it not necessary they do cross paths in this series.
This arthur has what it take to keep the reader reading so many other worldly creatures you name it this arthur brings them all to life in both series, i really enjoyed Callie and her story strong willed sassy but not overconfident gets as many knock as wins this book was none stop page turner of action i found myself laughing out loud many a time also: Jul 08, Tiera Clancy rated it it was ok.
Yea so the book description actually gives you more backstory than this whole book did. Was very confusing and frustrating getting thrown into a story that seems to already be taking place. Jul 31, Alex rated it did not like it. I really wanted to enjoy this. The author has a huge following, so I was sure I was in for a really good read, but I couldn't get past the first few chapters. I can forgive a few typos in the first few pages. But when the character has three paragraphs, one after another, all with "I realized It's so frustrating because an editor will pi I really wanted to enjoy this.
It's so frustrating because an editor will pick up these silly errors. But couldn't get past the first few chapters. Jul 14, Kitlina rated it really liked it. It was full of action and some romantic prospect, although not at all in the center of the plot. I like where the story line is heading. There were of course some things that annoyed me but I got past them. I love how the heroine is growing with each chapter and how she interacts with her friends. I will definitely continue with this series.
Jun 04, Bec rated it did not like it Shelves: Just can not get into this one, the writing seems a bit repetitive and explanations are very vague.
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Sep 10, M rated it did not like it. A friend got me this book and told me to read it on a few conditions. I was not allowed to read the synopsis on the back or any online reviews. When I asked if he could give me anything about what I was getting myself into he smirked and said, "Shayne Silvers is a man of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by his mystery. In other words, a storyteller.
So the usual warning, this review will be long and container spoilers. The plot is that Callie Penrose is a wizard being trai A friend got me this book and told me to read it on a few conditions. The plot is that Callie Penrose is a wizard being trained by her mentor Roland. Roland works for the Vatican killing monsters, acquiring dangerous artifacts, preventing doomsday that sort of thing. We are introduced to this pair as they team up on Callie's first real mission which is locating three pieces to the spear of Longinus before they fall into the hands of evildoers.
One thing I noticed right away is the writing isn't very good. In it's least offensive form it looks like this: To just sit there. I didn't know what to do. Much worse examples are when the main character will repeat the same thought in multiple chapters and there's even an instance where she repeats the same observation just a few paragraphs apart. This makes it feel like either the author isn't reading his own book as he's writing it, is trying to pad it with all this reiteration, or Callie has a mild form of dementia.
Silvers also enjoys contradicting himself. A prime example occurs on page 49 as Callie describes herself: Falling into place as the contours of my body dictated. Not indecent, but leaving little to the imagination. This also brings up another point, which is the author has no idea how to write a female character. Callie describes herself as a thirty something male private eye would describe a high-class escort, but that's the least of her problems. Silvers seems to think a believable female character is a bipolar nut job.
Callie is easily offended, quick to anger, slow to forgive, petulant, jealous, and has random emotional changes from chapter to chapter. She will talk about how experienced and professional she is one minute only to devolve into insecurity and self-loathing the next. Not from a vampire attack that occurred when she was a teenager but from, I kid you not, her mother abandoning her as a baby. The trauma of not feeling worthy of her mother's love causes her to freeze in the face of werewolves and vampires because you know that makes sense.
Callie's radical mood swings aren't limited to how she views herself but also in her feelings toward male characters. One minute they appear in her eyes as the most fabulous person ever and then next she's pitying them, despising them, or mocking them. For instance, at the beginning of the book, she has an intense reverence for Roland. Referring to him at one point as her "titan of a mentor. Another example occurs when she meets a guy named Johnathan at a bar, they go on a single date, and she seems to think the world of him.
She then meets him again by chance at a grocery store and becomes furiously jealous seeing him chat up the female cashier and starts acting like a spoiled brat when he approaches her. He's not your boyfriend after one date! This chapter ends with her getting into the sports car of the incredibly wealthy Nate Temple who mistakes Johnathan for a bagger, acts like a jerk, and dismissively tips him as he takes the groceries.
Johnathan would be way more justified in any anger he had towards Callie for how she let Nate treat him than Callie is for her jealousy watching Johnathan have a pleasant conversation with another woman. As Callie watches Johnathan angrily drive off on his motorcycle she points out to the reader that his motorcycle is a Ducati and that owning a Ducati means that he "has serious money. I should point out that I have not read a single Nate Temple book, and then I learned to my horror that Unchained is a crossover.
The minute Nate Temple shows up, Callie starts playing the sidekick in her own book. It becomes abundantly clear at this point that Silvers is using Unchained to advertise for his other series. Nate Temple is by far the most egregious example of a Mary-Sue I've ever come across in a published work. Nate is a handsome, powerful, billionaire playboy wizard who inherited his wealth from his parents. He's an arrogant jerk, but all the women want him, and all the men want to be him. Any time a character shows disdain toward Nate, it's very clear that they are just totes jealous of how awesome he is.
You will find all members of "Team Callie" talking about Nate when he's not around as he quickly cements himself as the center of their world and intricate to the book's plot. The author benches Roland by having him decline Nate's offer to heal an injury he suffered early in the book.
This way Callie can spend her time with a young, wealthy hunk of a wizard instead of the doddering grandpa. I hope you like contrived romances. Nate's presence creates friction between Callie and Roland causing her to distrust Roland; a man she's known for ten years while blindly believing in Nate who she just met yesterday. Her friend Claire who was a shy wallflower gains more confidence and starts flirting with men merely from being around the unshakable bravado of the great Nate Temple.
Even Callie's adoptive father who hates Nate at the beginning is singing the praises of "Master Temple" by the end. Nate offers on multiple occasions to call in his crew to aid "Team Callie" in the quest for the spear. Callie refuses and puffs out her chest while going on a tirade about this being "her city" and sharing her reasoning that if she doesn't make herself appear as a threat to the supernatural community, every monster in the city will be gunning for her after Nate leaves.
The problem is Nate's people are hilariously overpowered. Meaning the story would be over in two chapters if Callie accepted their help. But spouting off faux feminist slogans rather than getting help from a man makes Callie look like she cares more about her reputation than the safety of the world. This completely removes any tension the reader might have regarding the protagonist's chances of success and makes it plain as day that the good guys are going to win. Silvers makes sure his golden boy is the picture of professionalism next to Callie as there are moments I wonder if she can tie her shoes properly.
I understand she's supposed to be the noob while Nate is the veteran, but she's been training for ten years. The kinds of blunders she makes should have gotten her killed within the first few chapters. Good team-ups are characters who complement each other in either personality or ability. Deadpool and Wolverine buffoon and straight man Batman and Superman brains and brawn. Each character brings something to the table, and it's exciting and enjoyable watching them interact with each other.
Nate Temple brings everything to the table while Callie only brings her baggage and neurosis. Nate's got more money and connections. He's got more skill than both the protagonist and her mentor. He does the mission recon without her. He protects her friends and family. He provides transportation via shadow-walking. He relishes battle, and tangles with were-creatures while she stands there wetting herself because her mommy never loved her.
It's nauseating how much the author is in love with this douchebag wizard. Silvers spends the end of the book severely backpedaling trying to make up for the damage he's done to Callie's character. So she predictably gains a butt load of confidence thanks to Nate and has a PTSD breakthrough from 10 minutes of meditating in her car. She then acquires a massive amount of magical ability, learns about her past and destiny, and single-handedly defeats the "big bad" thanks to Nate conveniently having to leave to take care something in St.
All of which takes place in the last fifty to sixty pages of the book. Unchained is an urban fantasy novel suffering from below average writing, a badly written unrealistic main character, and Nate Temple. Temple's presence not only steals the spotlight from Callie but makes the book after his introduction feel like I'm reading a Nate Temple fanfiction. Callie Penrose needs a massive overhaul just to become a decent character and I will not be reading book 2 to find out if that happens.
Jul 10, Lora Shouse rated it really liked it. Callie Penrose is a girl wizard.
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Her mentor, Roland, works for the Vatican as a Shepherd. He and Callie are trying to retrieve a magical artifact for the Church when something goes wrong, and Roland is seriously injured. This leaves Callie to take care of the business on her own. They have information that a piece of the artifact they want will be up for bid at an auction open only to the very wealthy.
Roland sends Callie, and she invites her best friend, Cl Callie Penrose is a girl wizard. Roland sends Callie, and she invites her best friend, Claire, who has no magical powers. At the auction, they run into another wizard — Nate Temple. At the end of the bidding, the auction venue suddenly breaks out in chaos as monsters attack right and left. Nate runs off to take care of some bear shifters, werewolves, and vampires, but only after noticing that Callie has pulled out some magical weapons.
In all the confusion, a demon walks off with the magical artifact they have come to claim. I think I do like Callie better than Nate on the whole. Where Nate is too cocky for his own good, Callie is too unsure of herself — more so than she probably needs to be, because she is actually awesome. Anyway, Callie and Nate are forced to work together, learning from each other as they go. They have to fight through a lot of chaos, a lot of pain and a stunning betrayal to finally resolve the situation.
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