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From the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks comes an exciting adventure series with a unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural. Meet your new action-adventure addiction!

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 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.

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Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Sorceror''s Stone:
"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 installment!"

Booklist, September 15, 2012:
"Frost, screenwriter and cocreator of the innovative TV series Twin Peaks, joins the parade of adult authors trying their hands at YA books with this first in a planned series. Making an assured transition, Frost delivers an addictive Jason Bourne/Pittacus Lore/Harry Potter mash-up. Teen Will West has shaped his life by his father’s “Rules to Live By,” especially number three: “Don’t Draw Attention to Yourself.” Throughout many moves, Will has learned to appear mediocre until one morning, when he learns that he has scored off the charts on a national test and is offered a full scholarship to an exclusive prep school. After receiving a terrifying text from his father, Will flees to the school only to discover that he and his new roommates possess hidden talents and are linked to an ancient struggle for world domination. Nonstop action and a richly layered plot propel a breakneck pace, and if the characters fit a tried-and-true trope, the skillful dialogue and touches of humor make that easy to overlook. A cliff-hanger ending will have readers begging for the sequel."

Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, New Mexico:
"Anybody who loves adventure, thriller, or mystery must have this book! I don’t have the time to reread anymore. But I’ve already made time to read this twice. And I want to give it a third go. This is the best adventure book I have read in years. I can just see Dad’s Rules going viral. Best read the book before the obscure numbered tweets show up!"

Ashley (booknook)''s Reviews on GoodReads.com
"This book totally awed me. It’s like Harry Potter school fantasy meets kids-save-the-world Percy Jackson meets mind-blowing ''OH MY GOD I WANT THAT'' technology meets the page-turning awe that is Dan Brown conspiracy, history-brought-to-life, secret society. Put it all together and you get this incredibly original story that will suck you in and won’t let you go."

The Book Stall, Chicago
" The Paladin Prophecy blends terror and comedy into one fast-paced, adrenaline-inducing must-read. Readers will stay up into the small hours of the morning to finish, and then the first thing on their minds will be, ''When does the sequel come out?''"

Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2012:
"New school and new mental powers meet ancient mysteries and ancient war."

Publishers Weekly, July 23, 2012:
"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."

The New York Times, November 11, 2012:
"Mark Frost, a co-creator, with David Lynch, of the seminal 1990s series "Twin Peaks," is no stranger to the art of suspense. It''s unsurprising, then, that "The Paladin Prophecy," his first venture into young adult literature (he''s written nine books for adults), contains thrills and plot twists in spades... A superhero coming-of-age tale... Heart-pounding... Breakneck pace... This is young adult literature as popcorn blockbuster."

A Kids'' Indie Next List Pick, Autumn 2012
A Virginia Readers'' Choice master list selection, 2013.

About the Author

MARK FROST studied directing and playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University. He partnered with David Lynch to create and executive produce the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks. Frost cowrote the screenplays for the films Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of eight previous books, including The List of Seven, The Second Objective, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and The Match.

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PROLOGUE

I couldn’t see his face.

He was running along a mountain trail. Running desperately. Pursued by black grasping shadows that were little more than holes in the air, but there was no mistaking their intention. The boy was in unspeakable danger and he needed my help.

I opened my eyes.

Curtains fluttered at the dark window. Freezing air whispered through a crack in the frame, but I was drenched in sweat, my heart pounding.

Just a dream? No. I had no idea who this boy was. He appeared to be about my age. But I knew this much with iron certainty:

He was real, and he was headed my way.


CHAPTER 1: JUST ANOTHER TUESDAY

The importance of an orderly mind . . .

Will West began each day with that thought, even before he opened his eyes. When he did open them, the same words greeted him on a banner across his bedroom wall:

#1: THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ORDERLY MIND.

In capital letters a foot high. Rule #1 on Dad’s List of Rules to Live By. That’s how crucial his father considered this piece of advice. Remembering it was one thing. Following Rule #1, with a mind as hot-wired as Will’s, wasn’t nearly as easy. But wasn’t that why Dad had put it on top of his list, and on Will’s wall, in the first place?

Will rolled out of bed and stretched. Flicked on his iPhone:

7:01. He punched up the calendar and scanned his schedule. Tuesday, November 7:

• Morning roadwork with the cross-country team
• Day forty-seven of sophomore year
• Afternoon roadwork with the cross-country team

Nice. Two runs sandwiching seven hours of Novocain for the brain. Will took a greedy breath and scratched his fingers vigorously through his unruly bed head. Tuesday, November 7, shaped up as a vanilla, cookie-cutter day. Not one major stress clouding the horizon.

So why do I feel like I’m about to face a firing squad?

He triple-racked his brain but couldn’t find a reason. As he threw on his sweats, the room lit up with a bright, cheerful sunrise. Southern California’s most tangible asset: the best weather in the world. Will opened the curtains and looked out at the Topa Topa Mountains rising beyond the backyard.

Wow. The mountains were cloaked with snow from the early winter storm that had blown through the night before. Backlit by the early-morning sun, they were sharper and cleaner than high-def. He heard familiar birdsong and saw the little white- breasted blackbird touch down on a branch outside his window. Tilting its head, curious and fearless, it peered in at him as it had every morning for the last few days. Even the birds were feeling it.

So I’m fine. It’s all good.

But if that was how he really felt, then what had stirred up this queasy cocktail of impending doom? The hangover from a forgotten nightmare?

An unruly thought elbowed its way into his mind: This storm brought more than snow.

What? No idea what that meant—wait, had he dreamt about snow? Something about running? The silvery dream fragment faded before Will could grab it.

Whatever. Enough of this noise. Time to stonewall this funk-u-phoria. Will drove through the rest of his morning routine and skipped downstairs.

Mom was in the kitchen working on her second coffee. With reading glasses on a lanyard around her thick black hair, she was tapping her phone, organizing her day.

Will grabbed a power shake from the fridge. “Our bird’s back,” he said.

“Hmm. People-watching again,” she said. She put down her phone and wrapped her arms around him. Mom never passed up a good hug. One of those committed huggers for whom, in the moment, nothing else mattered. Not even Will’s mortification when she clinch-locked him in public.

“Busy day?” he asked.

“Crazy. Like stupid crazy. You?”

“The usual. Have a good one. Later, Moms.”

“Later, Will-bear. Love you.” She jangled her silver bracelets and got back to her phone as Will headed for the door. “Always and forever.”

“Love you, too.”

Later, and not much later, how he would wish that he’d stopped, gone back, held on to her, and never let go.

Will reached the base of their front steps and shook out his legs. Sucked in that first bracing hit of clean, cold morning air and exhaled a frosty billow, ready to run. It was his favorite part of the day . . . and then that droopy dreadful gloom crept all over him again.

#17: START EACH DAY BY SAYING IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE. EVEN IF YOU DON’T FEEL IT, SAYING IT—OUT LOUD—MAKES IT MORE LIKELY THAT YOU WILL.

“Good to be alive,” he said, without much conviction. Damn. Right now #17 felt like the lamest rule on Dad’s list.

He could blame some obvious physical gripes. It was forty-eight degrees and damp. His muscles creaked from yesterday’s weight training. A night of slippery dreams had left him short on sleep. I’m just out of whack. That’s all. I always feel better once I hit the road.

#18: IF #17 DOESN’T WORK, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS.

Will hit the stopwatch app on his phone and sprang into a trot. His Asics Hypers lightly slapped the pavement.

1.4 miles to the coffee shop: target time, seven minutes.

He gave #18 a try.

Starting with Mom and Dad. All the kids he knew ripped their parents 24/7, but Will never piled on. For good reason: Will West had won the parent lottery. They were smart, fair, and honest, not like the phonies who preached values, then slummed like delinquents when their kids weren’t around. They cared about his feelings, always considered his point of view, but never rolled over when he tested the limits. Their rules were clear and balanced between lenient and protective, leaving him enough space to push for independence while always feeling safe.

Yeah, they have their strong points.

On the other hand: They were odd and secretive and perpetually broke and moved around like Bedouins every eighteen months. Which made it impossible for him to make friends or feel connected to any place they ever lived. But, hey, what do you need a peer group for when your parents are your only friends? So what if that messed him up massively for the rest of his life? He might get over it, someday. After decades of therapy and a barge full of antidepressants.

There. Blessings counted. Always works like a charm, thought Will dryly.

Will had shaken off the morning chill by the end of the second block. Blood pumping, his endorphins perked up his nervous system as the Valley stirred to life around him. He quieted his mind and opened his senses, the way his parents had taught him. Took in the smoky tang of wild sage and the oxygen-rich air of the orchards lining the East End roads, wet and shiny from the rain. A dog barked; a car started. Miles to the west, through the gap in the hills, he glimpsed a cobalt-blue strip of the Pacific catching the first beams of sunrise.

Good to be alive. He could almost believe it now.

Will cruised toward town, down lanes of rambling ranch houses, grouped closer together as he moved along. After only five months here, he liked Ojai more than anywhere they’d ever lived. The small-town atmosphere  and country lifestyle felt comfortable and easy, a refuge from the hassles of big-city life. The town was nestled in a high, lush valley sheltered by coastal mountains, with narrow passes the only way in on either end. The original inhabitants, the Chumash people, had named it Ojai: the Valley of the Moon. After hundreds of years of calling Ojai home, the Chumash had been driven out by “civilization” in less than a decade. Tell the Chumash about “refuge.”

Will knew that his family would move on from this nearly perfect place, too. They always did. As much as he liked the Ojai Valley, he’d learned the hard way not to get attached to places or people—

A black sedan glided across the intersection a block ahead. Tinted glass on the side windows. He couldn’t see the driver.

They’re looking for an address they can’t find, Will thought. Then he wondered how he knew that.

A faint marimba ring sounded. He slipped the phone from his pocket and saw Dad’s first text of the day: HOW’S YOUR TIME?

Will smiled. Dad with his Caps Lock on again. Will had tried to explain texting etiquette to him about fifty times: “It’s like you’re SHOUTING!”

“But I am shouting,” Dad had said. “I’M WAY OVER HERE!”

Will texted back: how’s the conference? how’s San Fran? He could text while running. He could text while riding down a circular staircase on a unicycle—

Will pulled up short even before he heard the rasp of rubber on wet pavement. A dark mass slid into his peripheral vision.

The black sedan. Shrouded by exhaust, throttle rumbling in idle, dead ahead of him. A late model four-door, some plain domestic brand he didn’t recognize. Odd: no logos, trim, or identifying marks. Anywhere. A front license plate—generic, not California issue—with a small US flag tucked in one corner. But that was no civil service car pool engine under the hood. It sounded like a hillbilly NASCAR rocket.

He couldn’t see anyone behind the black glass—and remembered: tinting windshields this dark was illegal—but he knew someone inside was looking at him. Will’s focus narrowed, sounds faded. Time stopped.

Then a marimba broke the silence. Another text from Dad: RUN, WILL.

Without looking up, Will slipped his hoodie over his head and waved a faint apology at the windshield. He held up the phone, shaking it slightly as if to say, My bad. Clueless teenager here.

Will thumbed on the camera and casually snapped a picture of the back of the sedan. He slipped the phone into his pocket and eased back into his stride.

Make it look like you’re just running, not running away, Will thought. And don’t look back.

He trotted on, listening for the throaty engine. The car tached up and peeled off behind him, turning left and heading away.

Then Will heard someone say, “Fits the description. Possible visual contact.”

Okay, how did that voice get in his head? And whose voice was it?

The driver, came the answer. He’s talking on a radio. He’s talking about you.

Will’s heart thumped hard. With his conditioning, he had a resting pulse of fifty-two. It never hit triple digits until he was into his second mile. Right now it was north of a hundred.

First question: Did Dad just tell me to RUN (from San Francisco?!) because he wants me to stay on pace for my target time, or because somehow he knows that car is bad news—

Then he heard the sedan a block away, stomping through its gearbox, accelerating rapidly. Tires screamed: They were coming back.

Will cut into an unpaved alley. Behind him the sedan burst back onto the street he’d just left. Before the car reached the alley, Will veered right, hopped a fence, and jammed through a backyard littered with the wreckage of Halloween decorations. He vaulted over a chain-link fence into a narrow concrete run along the side of the house—

—and then, damn, a vicious blunt head burst out of a dog door to his right; a square snarling muzzle shot after him. He leaped onto the gate at the end of the run and scrambled over, just as the beast hurled its body into the fence, jaws snapping.

Half a block away, he heard the twin-hemi yowl as the car raced to the next corner. Will paused at the edge of the yard behind a towering hedge and gulped in air. He peeked around the hedge—all clear—then sprinted across the street, over a lawn, and past another house. A wooden fence bounded the rear yard, six feet high. He altered his steps to time his jump, grabbed the top, and leaped over, landing lightly in another alley—three feet from a weary young woman juggling a briefcase, a coffee flask, and her keys near a Volvo. She jolted as if she’d just been Tasered. Her flask hit the ground and rolled, leaking latte.

“Sorry,” said Will.

He crossed the alley and raced through two more yards, the sedan rumbling somewhere nearby all the while. He stopped at the next side street and leaned back against a garage. As his adrenaline powered down, he felt faintly ridiculous. Thoughts and instincts argued in his head, tumbling like sneakers in an empty dryer:

You’re perfectly safe. NO, YOU’RE IN DANGER. It’s just a random car. YOU HEARD WHAT THEY SAID. PAY ATTENTION, FOOL!

Another text from Dad hit the screen: DON’T STOP, WILL. Will motored down open streets through the outskirts of the business district. The team should be waiting at the diner by now. He’d duck inside and call Dad so he could hear his voice. But he realized he could hear it RIGHT NOW. Reminding him of a rule that Dad repeated like a fire drill:

#23: WHEN THERE’S TROUBLE, THINK FAST AND ACT DECISIVELY.

Will pulled up behind a church and peeked around. Two blocks away he saw the team, six guys in sweats outside the diner, RANGERS stitched across their backs. They were gathered around something at the curb he couldn’t see.

He checked the time, and his jaw dropped. No way that could be right: He’d  just covered the 1.4 miles from home, steeplechasing through backyards and fences . . . in five minutes?

Behind him, the snarling engine roared to life. He turned and saw the black car charging straight at him down the alley. Will broke for the diner. The sedan cornered hard behind him, swung around, and skidded to a halt.

Will was already two blocks away. He flipped up his hood, stuck his hands in his sweatshirt, and casually jogged up to the team.

“Whaddup,” he mumbled, trying to keep panic out of his voice.

The team mostly ignored him, as usual. He blended in, keeping his back to the street. They parted enough for him to see what they were looking at.

“Check it out, dude,” said Rick Schaeffer.

A badass tricked-out hot rod sat at the curb. It was like nothing Will had ever seen before, a matte black Prowler slung long and low on a custom chassis, with a slanted front grille and wheels gleaming with chrome. Bumpers jammed out in front like Popeye’s forearms. The manifolds of a monster V-8 burst out of the hood, oozing latent power. Baroque, steam-punk lines, crafted with sharp, finely etched venting, lined the body. The car looked both vintage and pristine, weirdly ageless, as if there were countless miles on this clean machine. A stranger’s ride for sure: No local could have kept these hellacious wheels under wraps. It might have come from anywhere. It might have come from the nineteenth century by way of the future.

Will felt eyes find him from behind the diner window. They landed hard, like somebody poking him in the chest with two stiff fingers. He looked up but couldn’t see inside; the sun had just crested the hills behind him, glaring off the glass.

“Don’t touch my ride.”

Will heard the voice in his head and knew it came from whoever was watching. Low, gravelly, spiked with a sharp accent, bristling with menace.

“Don’t touch it!” snapped Will.

Startled, Schaeffer jerked his hand away.

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Chani
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I look forward to the Sequel
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2015
I really wasn''t expecting the kind of atmosphere that this book ended up presenting. If you are like me then you notice how old it gets when a teenager''s story is solely revolving around their school life drama with a side of extra fantasy. Well fear not, because... See more
I really wasn''t expecting the kind of atmosphere that this book ended up presenting.

If you are like me then you notice how old it gets when a teenager''s story is solely revolving around their school life drama with a side of extra fantasy. Well fear not, because this book changes that enough to where you don''t even notice. It feels so different from those cliché novels that it works well with the characters and they don''t throw it into your face so it is easy to forget they are even attending school.

-Hooking Action
-Once you discover the suspenseful mystery there is still much conflict so that you don''t feel cheated halfway through the book
-Likable characters. They are not all written so that we may connect with them entirely. They are very much their own souls and I like that difference for once because I am seeing how someone would react at a viewpoint that I wouldn''t know of.
-Normally I can predict at least the main point of an ending but I''m telling I just didn''t see this one coming. It was clear there''d be a sequel so I knew not all the problems would be solved but the twist that happens is so far from what your mind is revolving around, it''s great.
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Joshua Gertsch
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Boring boring boring boring boring boring book!!!!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2021
A waste of money you think a book will call paladin prophecy would be action sword fighting fighting or something not just a guy running and running and running and running from the troubles you expect some type of fighting but from a book with paladin in the name it''s such... See more
A waste of money you think a book will call paladin prophecy would be action sword fighting fighting or something not just a guy running and running and running and running from the troubles you expect some type of fighting but from a book with paladin in the name it''s such a boring freaking book it''s not great it''s just a long winded explanation about him running there''s no fighting at all I mean what you got a guy fights maybe 2 seconds in a book of ripping off alien machines off the side of a plane.it just boring if this is a type of books that''s this writer makes I will not be reading anymore or I won''t pay no more money
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FictionReborn
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fast paced, though slightly scattered
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2014
When I began this book, I loved it. However, the further I dived into it, the more I realized that plot devices seemed more of a convenience than a foundation of the story. For some that''s not an issue, but for me, it pushes me out of the suspension of disbelief realm.... See more
When I began this book, I loved it. However, the further I dived into it, the more I realized that plot devices seemed more of a convenience than a foundation of the story. For some that''s not an issue, but for me, it pushes me out of the suspension of disbelief realm.

An example, which is potentially a spoiler, though a minor one:

The main character''s on the run. I''m 20% into the book, and I''m rooting for the kid, who seems to have the ability to run really fast, like the Flash. That''s really all that we know about him at this point. He gets to an airport, is going through security and thinks, "Crap - there''s stuff in my bag that they''ll see, and I absolutely CANNOT get held up here; the bad guys will be here any minute!"

So what happens?

Conveniently, the character remembers an ability that he has, one where he can shove images into other peoples'' minds...and promptly uses it to trick the security officers.

...how do you forget you have that talent?

Don''t get me wrong. This book is really new age. It kind of meshes a lot of things together, but in general is a thriller and has a likeable main character. Also, the rules that his dad had him live by are very clever, and a really neat way to push forward the plot. But there were a lot of things that just kind of...stuck out.
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B. Nommensen
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Superior Quality YA Lit
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2013
**Never Any Spoilers** In every way, this book was a pleasure to read. Mr. Frost can certainly write. In some ways, the plot mechanisms here have been done elsewhere, but Mr. Frost puts them together in such a way that they seem fresh. The mystery is... See more
**Never Any Spoilers**

In every way, this book was a pleasure to read. Mr. Frost can certainly write. In some ways, the plot mechanisms here have been done elsewhere, but Mr. Frost puts them together in such a way that they seem fresh. The mystery is intriguing, and unfolds with perfect pacing. There are no over-explanations of events, but just enough is consistently revealed to keep the reading fresh and exciting. For a 550 page book, this sure went by fast. The action is intense, and short (but not too-short) chapters keep things rolling throughout the novel. The humor and dialog is also superlative. For once, an author writes characters that don''t try to be funny--their dialog actually is funny and witty. I found myself using the highlight function on my kindle on a few witticisms that I need to work into my own conversation. The novel is also appropriately juvenile, with language that isn''t overly coarse but still makes plain the intentions of the speaker. Finally, I wouldn''t say the novel is scary, but there''s certainly a few scenes that could make your skin crawl. Really, this is a perfect read if you are reading for pure enjoyment.
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Loved it...when can I get some more???
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2013
I''m constantly on the lookout for books of substance that my students would want to read. The books are even better if they are interesting to me. The Paladin Prophecy had me from page one, and any student I suggest this book to has had the same response I did... See more
I''m constantly on the lookout for books of substance that my students would want to read. The books are even better if they are interesting to me.

The Paladin Prophecy had me from page one, and any student I suggest this book to has had the same response I did when I finished it: where is book 2? At the time of this edit, book 2: Alliance, is available, but that''s a different review!

This book contains wit, intrigue, a mix of mythology, a mix of conspiracy, a mix of heritages, with a healthy dose of teenage angst: being an outcast, being bullied, trying to prove one''s self. It doesn''t overdo any one part, and is a wonderful balance which makes for a good read at any age, teen and above. This is not a true dystopian genre book, which can be a nice break from the myriad of dystopian books available...many of which are wonderful reads. It has big-brother looking over your shoulder with the possibility of world domination...and yet, there is hope which is such a wonderful thing to have in books.

Now I am waiting (impatiently, I might add) for book 3 to come out, which isn''t listed yet. That is the only downfall...waiting for the next installment.
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The beginning of greatness
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2014
From the very first chapter until the last this book will grab you and bring you in for the kill. I could hardly wait for the second book to come out and now that I''ve read that, I want the third book now! This story beging with a young kid who doesn''t realize who he is,... See more
From the very first chapter until the last this book will grab you and bring you in for the kill. I could hardly wait for the second book to come out and now that I''ve read that, I want the third book now! This story beging with a young kid who doesn''t realize who he is, what he is, or even what he''ll be once he reaches his full potential. The drama doesn''t start and the thrills never end. The good thing about all of this is it never stops. I hate books that make me what to finish them in a day, I didn''t ,but it wasn''t for lack of effort. I love these new characters, funny, witty, tough, intelligent and their special abilities that begin to manifest throughout the book. You''ll love the Character of DAVE, but Will is your central heroe, one you will like Will a whole lot. Monsters, weird whatchamacallits fkeep showing up throughout the plot. I couldn''t get enough and if you think this book is great, which you will trust me, the second book really keeps you at the edge of you seat trying to figure out "What the hell is going on!"
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realkaren
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Fresh catchy choice, great for tween boys
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2017
Language usage in the earliest chapters a bit affected, even strained, but hang in there. It''s a small, brief annoyance. That soon disappears and you are drawn into a terrific and quite original mystery...a little techno-freaky (for this old timer who still loves young... See more
Language usage in the earliest chapters a bit affected, even strained, but hang in there. It''s a small, brief annoyance. That soon disappears and you are drawn into a terrific and quite original mystery...a little techno-freaky (for this old timer who still loves young reader literature) but the author is a skillful storyteller and quite good at writing craft. Well paced and unpredictable. It can be difficult to find good material for tween boys; this should really suit boys that age. I almost never give any book 5 stars so don''t discount this one. I recommend it.
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Chaz R.
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GREAT WAY TO START A TRILOGY!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2013
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... See more
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 ANALYZED. 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. ;)
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Russell The Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
5*! Best YA book I''ve read in 2016
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2016
Will West is a runner and he is about to need to run for his life. Literally. He gets pulled out of class one day and told he''s won a scholarship to an exclusive boarding school. Enter strange demons, mythical creatures and a guardian angel, and Will starts to realise that...See more
Will West is a runner and he is about to need to run for his life. Literally. He gets pulled out of class one day and told he''s won a scholarship to an exclusive boarding school. Enter strange demons, mythical creatures and a guardian angel, and Will starts to realise that his life is not what it seems. The Paladin Prophecy is an exciting, engaging YA fantasy and the first in what I have a feeling, will be an awesome trilogy. For obvious reasons I would rexommend to fans of Harry Potter, but it is worth noting that the two are completely different. I did get a little confused with the syn-apps and virtual reality aspect and am still unsure that it for properly, but The Paladin Prophecy is a definite contender for Best Book of 2016. A very solid 5*.
Will West is a runner and he is about to need to run for his life. Literally. He gets pulled out of class one day and told he''s won a scholarship to an exclusive boarding school. Enter strange demons, mythical creatures and a guardian angel, and Will starts to realise that his life is not what it seems.

The Paladin Prophecy is an exciting, engaging YA fantasy and the first in what I have a feeling, will be an awesome trilogy. For obvious reasons I would rexommend to fans of Harry Potter, but it is worth noting that the two are completely different.

I did get a little confused with the syn-apps and virtual reality aspect and am still unsure that it for properly, but The Paladin Prophecy is a definite contender for Best Book of 2016. A very solid 5*.
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Orhan
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Sehr gutes kurzweiliges Buch
Reviewed in Germany on June 23, 2015
Ich habe mir das Buch über Audible im englischen Original angehört und es war sehr schön und kurzweilig. Natürlich gib es einiges was besser ist in diesem Genre aber auch viel, viel mehr Mist. Die Story ist gut erzählt und sehr spannend, ich persönlich würde mir mehr solche...See more
Ich habe mir das Buch über Audible im englischen Original angehört und es war sehr schön und kurzweilig. Natürlich gib es einiges was besser ist in diesem Genre aber auch viel, viel mehr Mist. Die Story ist gut erzählt und sehr spannend, ich persönlich würde mir mehr solche Bücher wünschen. Besonders nervig ist es in diesem Zusammenhang das es bei Audible.de wieder einmal nur das erste Buch gibt und die Nachfolger gibt es nur bei Audible.com, und bei Audible.com kann man leider kein Mitglied werden, auch wenn man bereit ist ein Abonement abzuschliessen und dafür zu bezahlen. Das Buch selbst aber ist absolut empfehlenswert.
Ich habe mir das Buch über Audible im englischen Original angehört und es war sehr schön und kurzweilig. Natürlich gib es einiges was besser ist in diesem Genre aber auch viel, viel mehr Mist. Die Story ist gut erzählt und sehr spannend, ich persönlich würde mir mehr solche Bücher wünschen. Besonders nervig ist es in diesem Zusammenhang das es bei Audible.de wieder einmal nur das erste Buch gibt und die Nachfolger gibt es nur bei Audible.com, und bei Audible.com kann man leider kein Mitglied werden, auch wenn man bereit ist ein Abonement abzuschliessen und dafür zu bezahlen.
Das Buch selbst aber ist absolut empfehlenswert.
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Michal Kalla
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Harry Potter meets Marvel!
Reviewed in Germany on April 15, 2015
Sehr actionreiche Unterhaltung. Liest sich wie ein Buch zu einem Film. Gut-die Ideen sind alle nicht neu und richtigen Tiefgang hat das ganze auch nicht. Aber es unterhält gut und ist sehr packend. Sollte es verfilmt werden, würde ich dafür ins Kino gehen. Anfangs war ich...See more
Sehr actionreiche Unterhaltung. Liest sich wie ein Buch zu einem Film. Gut-die Ideen sind alle nicht neu und richtigen Tiefgang hat das ganze auch nicht. Aber es unterhält gut und ist sehr packend. Sollte es verfilmt werden, würde ich dafür ins Kino gehen. Anfangs war ich zwar nicht so ganz überzeugt, aber jetzt wüsste ich schon gerne wie es weiter geht. Werde wohl das nächste bestellen ;-)
Sehr actionreiche Unterhaltung. Liest sich wie ein Buch zu einem Film. Gut-die Ideen sind alle nicht neu und richtigen Tiefgang hat das ganze auch nicht. Aber es unterhält gut und ist sehr packend. Sollte es verfilmt werden, würde ich dafür ins Kino gehen.
Anfangs war ich zwar nicht so ganz überzeugt, aber jetzt wüsste ich schon gerne wie es weiter geht. Werde wohl das nächste bestellen ;-)
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Claudia Bastien
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very Good!
Reviewed in Canada on April 23, 2013
If you like fantasy, action books, then this is the book for you! I personally really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to everyone :)
If you like fantasy, action books, then this is the book for you!
I personally really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to everyone :)
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