FICTION

Warrior: A Prophecy Novel

336p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062091123.
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Gr 9 Up—Warrior continues the saga of Kira, the fierce demon slayer introduced in Prophecy (HarperCollins, 2013)-a fantasy adventure novel set within an alternate history of feudal Korea. In the previous title, the protagonist obtained the legendary tidal stone that controls the seas and defeated the evil shaman who had infiltrated her kingdom. However, she couldn't prevent the deaths of her parents and her uncle, the king of Hansong. Without their leadership, the kingdom is thrown into chaos, and Kira must continue her quest for the two remaining treasures in order to fulfill the Dragon King's prophecy and bring peace to her land. In this installment, the teen attempts to retrieve a legendary jeweled dagger from the clutches of a dragon while continuing to serve as bodyguard to her nephew, the crown prince. The female warrior remains a compellingly rich character who learns to follow her instincts, trust others, and forgive. Her conflicted feelings about the attentions from two very different suitors add an interesting romance plotline, without deterring from the main story. This is an action-packed adventure with a fresh batch of terrifying enemies, surprise attacks, and unexpected allies. Realistic dialogue and an exciting pace make this a page-turner. Warrior is sure to satisfy Prophecy fans and win over new devotees.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT
In this sequel to Prophecy, Kira has to collect the second mystical item in her quest to stop the demon lord, all the while protecting her young cousin who is the true heir to the throne. Tight plotting balances Kira's personal growth with lots of action. Despite flat secondary characters, fans of traditional fantasy quest narratives will find plenty to enjoy.

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