Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.
My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Kira has no interest in marrying, and instead plans to continue her work as protector to the prince, and continue killing the demons that only she can see.
When the king and Kira’s father are killed by traitors, Kira does her job and protects the prince, whilst trying to also find a special stone – one of three items that will mark the finder as the ‘Dragon Musado’. The legendary warrior who will unite the kingdoms, and save the people from The Demon Lord.
Can Kira keep the prince safe? Can she overthrow the traitor who has stolen the throne by killing the King? And who is the Dragon Musado?
This was an interesting YA fantasy novel, and I liked how Kira surprised everyone!
Kira was a girl who didn’t act like a lady – she was a warrior and proud of it. The news that she was to be married was seriously unwelcome, and I loved the way she spoke to her intended husband, and made it clear that she wasn’t going to marry him!
I liked the storyline in this book, although at times I really disliked the sexist attitudes towards Kira, and the assumption that as a woman she couldn’t be a great warrior, or anything more than a baby machine. I found it pretty silly that instead they thought that a 12-year-old boy could be a greater warrior, and bound to be the ‘Dragon Musado’ over Kira who was obviously the only one qualified for the job!
The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked the action and excitement. I also appreciated that we didn’t get a cliff-hanger, and that instead we just had the promise of more adventures to come for Kira.
Overall; a good YA fantasy novel.
6.75 out of 10.