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- File size : 5181 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Publication date : February 2, 2016
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01B40NBTQ
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #876,274 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Eun Na and the Phantom was a completely new experience for me. A lot of people said something about Korean dramas and I've never seen one, so I can't say whether it compares or not. There was some words/names that I had nooo idea how to pronounce so I did the best I could and just substituted the english version in my head if I knew what the word meant.
This story reads like it's for a MG audience(just an observation, not an insult. I like many MG books.) but the characters are more of an age for a upper YA audience and there is a very slight reference to wedding nights that enforces the idea that YA is the target audience. (It's a very clean book)
It took me a little bit to get into, but once I did I found myself enjoying the characters and their lives. This isn't a story with an ultimate, world-destroying evil to defeat or a story of travel and adventure. This is very much a story of following 4 older teens through their day to day lives.
Eun Na lives with her parents and is trying to help out her father who is a logger. Lord Park owns their land and is putting the pressure on for her parents to pay or else he'll take Eun Na as a slave(implied). Eun Na is a sweet character and very hard-working. She has a feisty side though and my favorite scenes with her was when she got her feathers all ruffled.
Lord Park's son, Min Jae, admires Eun Na, but it's pretty obvious he just sees her as a friend.
Tae Kyung(the phantom) was my favorite of the two male characters, and I quite like Miyu(the resident midung).
Mao, the little imugi dragon, was my favorite of the whole cast. He was funny, and cute, and I laughed every time he got all sarcastic and made fun of Min Jae.
There are some sad moments to the story, and I was a bit peeved at Tae Kyung for not telling Eun Na the truth sooner and letting her decide if she was okay with being with a phantom who never aged.
But overall it was a fun, cute story that was a step outside of anything I've read before. It might not be fore you if you want a grand adventure, world-traveling, battle filled story. But if you're looking for a nice, easy read that lets you take a step back from the normal business of stories to just enjoy a slice of life in a little village with likeable characters, then you should definitely give this a go.
I've already bought Foxtails as that looks intriguing.
Eun Na and the Phantom is inspired by Korean folklore and set in a poor mountain forest village during Korea's Joseon Dynasty (14th to 19th centures). It reads like a fairytale much of the time with the occasional modern word poking out, but also sprinkled with a few Korean words and cultural references as well.
Eun Na the logger's daughter and Tae Kyung the Phantom are the main couple, but there is a secondary main couple, Miyu the shamanness and Min Jae the son of the local lord, Lord Park.
Long ago, Tae's father was so filled with greed that he called down a curse on his own son to gain wealth and power. Tae's soul cursing him to spend eternity as a phantom roaming the world alone in return for the father for getting what he desired.
But, the magical dragons took pity on Tae and gave him the gift of humanity by day so he only had to be a phantom by night.
Centuries later, another greedy man for wealth and power, Lord Park, is bleeding his villagers dry through impossible rents and dishonest dealings. Eun Na's family are poor loggers and they are desperate to earn their living and keep up with the increasing rent and demands from cruel Lord Park. Then an injury to her strong father leaves Eun Na no choice, but to strike a bargain with the devilish Lord Park.
Meanwhile, the mysterious Tae is captivated by Eun Na's strength in the face of adversity and she, with him for his kindness, support, and help. Lord Park's idle son, Min Jae has his eyes opened to what others are suffering at his father's hand when he becomes friends with Eun Na and the village shaman Miyu. Miyu is attracted to Min Tae, but knows its hopeless even if her young dragon companion predicts a different future.
I love reading fairytales, folk tales and variations on them so this magical story captivated me. The underlying tales were new to me even if the themes were familiar. I loved seeing the underdogs fight against a villain. It was not easy and definitely came with some tragedy.
The writing took a bit for me to adjust and felt awkward at first especially when it shifted from point of view quickly between the four main players and the indicators of the shift were tough to see. But, once I caught on, I was able to sink into the story and find it a delightful surprise. I didn't get as much Korean culture as I was hoping, but there were bits and I enjoyed what I got and led me to look up details.
This was a heartfelt story with a strong finish. I can definitely recommend it to those looking for a story based on mythology or fantasy with a strong romance element and a humorous, whimsical dragon.
Top reviews from other countries
I would like to say 3.5 stars, but am happier rounding up to 4 than down to 3.
The description of daily activities such as making dumplings, are charmingly written and indeed, the story has an almost lyrical feel to it. This is the first Korean tale I’ve read, and now I’d like to read more. Vera Loy