Title: The Paladin Prophecy
Author: Mark Frost
Series: The Paladin Prophecy
Book #: 1
Reading Level: YA
Goodreads Rating: 4.08
Published: Sept. 25th, 2012
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.
Co-creator of the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks, Mark Frost brings his unique vision to this sophisticated adventure, which combines mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.
WOW! Have to start with that one word.
There are some books that you love but wish had more unpredictability. Then exists some that leave you dumbfounded with great story but you don't necessarily love it. Rarely does a book come along that does BOTH! I would like to state, after saying it does both, that this book is meant to be ENJOYED and not ANALYSED. I’ve read some reviews that are WAY over critical like if this was a Harvard Law paper. Jeez people, just enjoy what the author wants to present!!!!!
I have to say I judged this book by the cover when I walked into B&N. It really draws you in and I appreciate the thought that goes into a well-made jacket. I ordered it instantly to my Kindle and it was all down hill from there!
The book starts with a completely "ordinary" teen named Will West. But the beauty of how the author engages you right from the start is incredible. The action begins FAST! Will is drawn into such a complex series of events from the very beginning and one doesn't have to suffer a couple chapters of endless character background history and storytelling!! The author works that in all during the book that gives the reader those “oooohhhhh” moments (which everyone enjoys, right?).
The characters introduced (and pay attention when you read cause they are MANY) have comprehensive backgrounds and depth to them and the perfect lingo that goes with the personality of each. Nobody is just a side guy or a stand in. Will, Nando, Nick (who is my favorite and everyone will see why!!), Brooke, Ajay, Elise, and Ronnie won’t fail to amaze! Not to mention the plethora of others!
Mark Frost has a plot that doesn’t disappoint. He merges history and fantasy to the point where it can sound believable at times. Hehehe. The classic Good vs. Bad is there of course. You can value how he leads it in to the story slowly. Leaves one wondering who’s who with a few of the key characters. Also they way the story is layered and moves keeps it rolling high from start to end. It isn’t a slow read so it makes it easier to get through.
The ending will have you craving the next book, which is entirely the point of course! If your one of those people who reads the last page or last paragraph first, DON'T!!!!! Trust me it will destroy the story for you!!!!!!
I’m going to leave it here. I’m not one to explain a books story and spoil the contents.
READ IT!!!! YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!! THAT my friend, is the bottom line. ;)
**Taschima's Note: Hi guys! I finally found my guest reviewer! Chaz is a dear old friend of mine who just LOVES reading as much as I do (you should have seen us when we bought Harry Potter books together at midnight releases... crazy). You can trust that he will write nothing but fair and honest reviews.
Anyways, I hope you welcome him with open arms. is not not that often we get a guy's POV when it comes to books so this should be SUPER interesting!
If you want to read more of, and/or follow, his reviews you can reach him at his Goodreads page.