The Paladin Prophecy

The Paladin Prophecy

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A fifteen-year-old boy who has spent his entire life trying to avoid attention finds himself in the middle of a millenia-old struggle between titanic forces when he is simultaneously recruited by an exclusive prep school and followed by sinister agents.
ISBN: 9780449014868
Branch Call Number: EBOOK AUDIO
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Mar 27, 2019

When I recommend this book to other people, I often describe it as "like Harry Potter, only with science and technology, but still with a bit of magic". Mark Frost delivered on an excellent, thought-provoking adventure.

Will West does his best to live by the rules set down by his dad, particular the one that says that he must NOT draw attention to himself. But when he blows through a state-administered test and subsequently aces it, he finds that he's drawn the attention of more than one group, and all of them have suspect agendas, though some are more suspect than others. In just a short amount of time, Will finds that his parents have been abducted and he himself must go on the run to avoid capture, seeking refuge in a remote boarding school for high-achieving young people.

Frost creates a great cast of characters (like so many others, Nick is a favorite of mine because he makes me laugh so much), and by the conclusion of the story, you will be dying to get your hands on the next book. Nick Chaimian's reading of the book is absolutely superb! A really amazing read!

JCLChrisK Jul 02, 2013

Rule #3: Don't Draw Attention to Yourself --- Will and his family have always carefully lived by that rule, moving every couple of years. He tries to stay under the radar by maintaining a B average and always holding something back when he runs cross country, whatever it takes to remain unexceptional and unnoticed. He did the same with the last standardized test he took in school--or so he thought. But the same morning that he gets a strange text from his dad--RUN, WILL--and notices strange men in black suits and SUVs sniffing around his neighborhood, a woman from the National Scholastic Evaluation Agency shows up at his school saying he scored off the charts on that test. His performance was so exceptional, in fact, that she offers him a fully paid spot at a secret, exclusive boarding school for the outrageously gifted. Then his mom shows up acting nothing at all like herself and some sort of invisible creatures try to kill him until he's rescued by a strange Australian man in a badass tricked-out hot rod. He suddenly finds himself having to rely on all 98 of Dad's Rules to Live By, like #5: Trust No One and #8: Always Be Prepared to Improvise. --- Things just get more interesting from there. This is a complex, nuanced action-suspense book that never gets too complicated to understand despite its intelligence. Frost has thrown in everything including the kitchen sink--government conspiracy, odd boarding school full of interesting people, angels and demons of a sort, super powers, Da Vinci Code-like-historical conspiracy, computer geekery, sports, peer relations, and more--yet makes it all work remarkably well. There were a few moments near the start that I had the thought that this didn't just read like the perfect book for thirteen-year-old boys, but as though it had been written by one--adjective heavy, imaginative adventure about topics the author had never experienced or even researched--but that feeling quickly went away as I got swept up in the story. --- I'm definitely looking forward to the next title in the trilogy.


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