Friday, December 13, 2013

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
2012, Random House Books for Young Readers
Series: Book 1 of The Paladin Prophecy

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: The Paladin Prophecy is a gender-neutral fantasy adventure novel that has potential for many interesting sequels.

The Bad: Will's obviously different with the special abilities and high test scores, yet it takes forever to find out what his deal is. Desperately wanting to know usually engages the reader, but this time it just drove me insane. All I could focus on was the why of things instead of actually experiencing the story. I couldn't care about anything other than figuring out why Will was capable of the things he could do.

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