Paladin Prophecy, The Book One

Paladin Prophecy, The Book One

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Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam, and he is recruited by an exclusive and mysterious prep school - the best school no one's ever heard of, with technology the likes of which no one's ever seen. At the same time, coincidentally - or not so - Will realizes he's being followed by men in dark hats, driving black sedans who pose a terrifying threat to his family. What follows is a series of events and revelations that places Will smack in the middle of a millennia old struggle between titanic forces ...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 157 x 232 x 43mm | 723g
  • Doubleday Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857531204
  • 9780857531209
  • 603,370

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"Mark Frost has created a wonderfully inventive and exciting tale where one exceptional teenager must discover the truth about his family ... and himself. The mysteries are unexpected and the mythology is impressively original. A remarkably suspenseful ride. I can't wait for the next instalment!" Chris Columbus "New school and new mental powers meet ancient mysteries and ancient war." Kirkus "Frost, adult author and Twin Peaks co-creator, makes his YA debut with this densely plotted thriller, first in a trilogy. His story has serious entertainment value and pulls together satisfyingly by book's end, while laying the groundwork for the sequels." Publishers Weekly "Heart-pounding...breakneck pace...This young adult literature as popcorn blockbuster" New York Times "An addictive Jason Bourne/Pittacus Lore/Harry Potter mash-up. Nonstop action and a richly layered plot propel at a breakneck pace" Booklist
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About Mark Frost

Mark Frost studied directing and playwriting at university. He then partnered David Lynch in creating and producing the groundbreaking TV series Twin Peaks. He also wrote the screenplays to the major motion pictures Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and also wrote and produced the critically acclaimed film The Greatest Game Ever Played. Mark is also the New York Times bestselling author of eight adult titles.
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11,129 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 37% (4,119)
4 37% (4,123)
3 19% (2,130)
2 5% (563)
1 2% (194)

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First things first: I LOVE stories about prodigies and geniuses (*ahem* Legend). When I picked up this book and the synopsis said he does totally awesome on a state-administered exam, I was like, WOOH, right up my alley! I was expecting some standard sci-fi, genetic manipulation, my favourite kind of stuff. What I was not expecting was the supernatural element, which actually worked! At first I was like, this should be two different stories. I wasn't sure how they would meet up, or if they even should! Even now I think the author maybe had too many different ideas and decided to put them all together into one book. But you know what? It's a cool story! Sure, the cast was a little too stereotypical (your basic courageous, intelligent hero, a nerdy, technologically-inclined kid, a wise-ass, attack first, ask questions later comedian, the sweet, intelligent, and romantically-inclined beauty, and the dark, mysterious siren), and the character growth kind of fell short for me, but the action was awesome, the story was suspenseful, and the book was intelligently written. If you have a cast of mostly teenage geniuses, you pretty much have to be a genius yourself to write for them, to understand their decisions, and to come across as believable. While that's not really possible (I'm pretty sure Mark Frost isn't actually a genius, but who knows?), I still think the characters come across as intelligent, reflective, and self-aware individuals. What really bugged me was the romance-interest, Brooke. I just want her to turn out to be a secret bad guy because she was so boring and one dimensional. Unlike the other characters, you don't see a lot of her intelligent, bright side. You see a lot of her acting like the damsel in distress, flirting, and being all cute and air-headed. Ugh. If this is how male authors envision the perfect female lead, then count me out! Similarly, Will suddenly pulls out all these sudden secret abilities (that the author has been hiding from us since page one) when it becomes convenient for him to use them. There's no set up, and there's not much returning to some of those abilities either. The author didn't take enough time to set up the story before he plunged right into it. I think he was so eager to get Will to this fancy school that not enough of his background was explored. Other than that, this was a really good book! I liked it overall, and I would definitely read the next one. It was an funny, thoughtful, and witty read, and I flew through it because it was full of action, suspense, and was extremely fast-paced. I like Will's new growing abilities and his exploration of his old ones. I like some of his friends. There was kung-fu awesomeness. Anything with kung-fu will win me over any time. So I would recommend this book to anyone who can overlook some of its small faults and be won over by the more
by Janita Van Dyk
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