Author - Ellen Oh
Genre - Fantasy
Release Date - January 2nd 2013
The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.
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...
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.
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The Insider's Scoop
True story – My mother told me this story ever since I was a little girl about how when she was pregnant with me, she had a dream about a tiger. She was sitting in a meadow, perched on a rock when she noticed yellow eyes gleaming from the bamboo patch. The next moment a great big tiger leapt out of the bamboo and raced toward her. She fell off the rock and flung her arms over her head, thinking she would be eaten, but nothing happened. When she sat up, she found the tiger in front of her, just staring at her. It lifted up a paw and placed it on her knee and in its claws was a red peony. She went to a fortuneteller who told her that the tiger was the spirit of her baby, who would be a strong spirited child. Whenever my Mom told me the story, she’d say how she could never forget the tiger’s great big yellow eyes. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to know that I’ve wanted to incorporate this story into a book ever since I was a little girl.
Prophecy came to me in its entirety on a beautiful early fall day in 2007. I was driving to work, stuck in traffic on the beltway. It came to me from the POV of the young prince, Taejo. He was telling the story about how he was supposed to be the hero of legend, only to find that it wasn’t him, it was his older female cousin, Kira. The only female in the army and despised for having yellow eyes, like a demon. But the reason she has yellow eyes is because she has a tiger spirit which gives her the magical ability to see and smell demons. Yes, that’s how my mother’s dream became the backbone of Prophecy. The first version of the book was flawed and Taejo was a whiny, selfish, unlikeable brat. It was only when it dawned on me that I was writing from the wrong POV that the story really got its heart.
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