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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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 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.

This book hits the ground running--which you expect when you realize that Mark Frost was a co-creator of the series Twin Peaks. (Kids, if you don't know this show, find it..somewhere.)  

Will isn't your average teenager, but he is desperately trying to appear average, at his parents' insistence. Right way you know something is up, for what parent wants his child who is clearly capable of more to be merely "average?" 

 Off to a school no one's ever heard of, Will is finding himself fitting in as himself. But it's more than just fitting in at a school: his parents are either missing or gone, replaced by people who are able to almost get the character right; something weird is going on at the school itself; and, most importantly, someone's out to harm him...all because he made a perfect score on a test.   I think Frost hit the nail on the head with this one.

It's action-packed (Think the Jason Bourne novels/movies crossed with a fantasy novel) and keeps you drawn in. There's a few slower spots, but I found myself almost needing them so that my own subconscious could work out what was going on.  

Glad to see this is book one of a series, too. The story itself stands alone, with every climactic point in the plot being resolved, but enough....intrigue to make you want Frost to hurry up with book 2.   

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Random House Children's Books (Random House BFYR) through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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