The Paladin Prophecy
by: Mark Frost
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.
Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he’s capable of–physical and mental feats that should be impossible–and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.
It is very rare that a book can keep me “out of the loop” as much as The Paladin Prophecy did yet at the same time have me 100% enamored with it.
There is something truly magical about the way Mark Frost weaved together this story, did it feel like I was reading 560 pages worth…at times but for the most part I loved it, enough to give it five owls. I am a huge character person, if I don’t like one of the characters (and not in a “I don’t like this character because they are :the bad guy” way”) I usually don’t like the book. The Paladin Prophecy gave me a slew of amazing characters, it really has set the scene for what promises to be a great second book in the series.
The book beings with Will West (love the name!), a young boy who has been taught to stay under the radar. The book captivated me from the very beginning yet from the very beginning I was completely confused. Will wakes up talking about these rules he has to follow, a list of rules his dad gave to him. Without much time at all we find out that Will is being followed, that he is actually really smart and super fast runner, and before I knew it, Will was at this mysterious boarding school for geniuses.
There really is only so much I can say about this book, without spoiling it (something, according to my friends, I’m very good at unintentionally doing). This book also revealed something major about my preferences, since I can be a pretty hard core Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, & Adventure gal, I tend to like YA books with boy main characters better because for one there’s not a bunch of insta-love or gushy romance stuff that ruins and makes everything unrealistic. For some reason almost every book in those genres with a girl main character always has to introduce a guy as the main supporting character right away, friendship with girls is nonexistent or not valued. Sure Will West has a girl “sidekick” but much like Harry’s Hermione or Percy Jackson’s Annabeth, she’s pretty darn awesome and nothing close to an airhead.
So would it be too bold of me to raise this book to the ranks of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson…maybe but then again, it’s a darn good book that has action, adventure, beginnings of romance, mystery, as well as strong and independent characters (meaning they have personalities that stand alone and are very well defined).
I will warn you, if you are not okay with finding out very little and I do mean only snippets of information and having to work to piece together those snippets, this book isn’t for you. Yes there is action but Mark Frost takes his time, letting you know only what is absolutely necessary…so if you’re willing to be in the dark, go and get it, for it is well worth your time :)
**This is a 100% honest book review, I received the book from the publisher through NetGalley**
Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Library Binding, 560 pages
Edition language: English
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