Book Review: King by Ellen Oh

March 23, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★½

Book Review: King by Ellen OhTitle: King by Ellen Oh
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles #3
Published by: HarperTeen on March 31, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 288
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four-half-stars

Girl warrior, demon slayer, Tiger spirit of the Yellow Eyes—Kira is ready for her final quest. In this thrilling finale to the Prophecy trilogy, fans will get even more of the fierce Kira and her quest to save her kingdom!

All eyes are on her. Kira, once an outcast in her home village of Hansong, is now the only one with the power to save her kingdom. She must save her cousin, the boy fated to be the future king, uncover the third lost treasure, and face innumerable enemies in order to fulfill the famed prophecy.

Kira braves a sea of tigers and battles armies of demons as she musters her inner strength and learns to trust herself, the romantic feelings for Jaewon that are growing within her, and the destiny that must be hers.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: An excellent ending to an amazing series that has easily become one of my favorites.

I’ve enjoyed this series from the very beginning and I’m pretty sad to see it end. I loved that Oh kept the momentum going throughout the series, keeping me glued to the stories and invested in the characters. Prophecy introduced readers to a great set of characters, especially Kira, and I loved seeing them all grow and develop. King was exactly the kind of ending I was hoping for. There was plenty of action with mythical creatures, emotional moments between friends and family, and even some pivotal deaths that I didn’t see coming.

Kira was, by far, the best part of this series. I loved her character so much! She’s so brave, strong, and loyal. She also had her funny, witty moments, too, which I loved. She was up against a very powerful enemy who threatened to destroy everything she loved, so seeing her overcome her reservations that she’s “not good enough” and embracing the idea of being the “Dragon Musado” was great. Things changed a lot for Kira in this last book and it was gripping seeing how she handled everything. Her emotions and turmoil were written so well, I really felt for the girl. She definitely surprised me at the end and it nice to see her finally bear her heart and soul to the world.

Much of the book is Kira and her friends preparing for the battle against the Dark Lord, so there isn’t a lot of battle scenes, but Oh gives readers enough action and intrigue to keep the story going. I honestly never felt bored while reading this book. Everything just flowed nicely and fit well with the progression of these characters and their story. Oh gives you just the right amount of detail. The fantasy and magic aspect of the book was amazing, and I loved that Oh threw in a bit of humor and romance to spice things up, which totally added to the appeal of the book.

Overall, King is an amazing conclusion to one of my favorite fantasy reads. It’s on the lighter side of fantasy, I’ll give you that, but that’s exactly the kind I tend to like. The story is unique and riveting and I love the sense of empowerment and strength Oh conveys with her characters, especially Kira. She’s definitely one of my all-time favorite YA heroines. If you’ve read the rest of the series, you’ll definitely want to see how it ends, and you won’t be disappointed. If you’ve yet to start the series, get on it now, because it is unbelievably awesome and a series I”ve already added to my “favorites” shelf.

About Ellen Oh

Young adult writer, lawyer, college instructor, donut-slayer, chocolate lover. Addicted to diet coke. Likes to quote extensively from the Princess Bride, Monty Python and Godfather movies.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: King by Ellen Oh”

    • Vi

      Yes! You need to give this one a try some time. I really love this series, not only for the POC appeal, but also bc the story itself is awesome.

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