Saturday, December 1, 2012

Review: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

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A great new series that is just my cup of tea :)




Author: Mark Frost
Series: The Paladin Prophecy #1
Release date: 25th of September 2012
Published by: The Random House Group
Imprint: Doubleday
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal, Adventure
Pages: 560 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Summary:

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.

Review:

I adore books with hero equipped with a mysterious past and a bunch of questions going on a journey to save the world, starting out in a new school, finding lifelong comrades there with exciting fantasy elements, twist and turns and an endless line of obstacles. This is why I loved the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson books, etc, and this is also the reason why I for the most part have only praise for this book.

Honestly, this story had it all and while being quite typical to the genre I thoroughly enjoyed it and got sucked in by the fun story, engrossing plot and colorful characters. The length was a plus too, since it enabled more detail and depth while at the same time not being wasteful with pages, everything was relevant and contributed to the story. The “rules of dad” was also something I found really original and a fun add on, what’s more, they were cleverly inserted to the story line.

My two itty bitty cons would be that while a multitude of questions were raised, not many answers were provided in this first part of the series and the start was slightly slow, but fortunately, it picked up quickly.

Characters:

The characters were definitely one of the strongest points of this book. There were a lot and all were quite distinct, despite being somewhat cliché at times.

Will was my kind of hero: smart, decisive, knew when and how to kick ass, with underdog vibes, humorous and sarcastic in the exactly right dose, surrounded by mystery and more questions to answer than things known, not rash but knew when to take risks, made awesome friends and, most important, was a nice guy. I also respect for standing true to his fathers rules even though most of them were odd and too ambiguous. I really can’t wait to fully grasp his role in the whole mystery, so far it sound quite promising.

Will’s bunch of new made friends in the Center were all likable and intriguing, some more and some less though:

Nick – ok, loved that blabbermouth wiseass who wasn’t in reality that smart at all, which in turn made for some hilarious comments and conversations. A real tension reliever and a simply fun and easygoing guy.

Brooke – The love interest slash damsel in distress who was actually quite able and had character. But, nevertheless, she was the least exciting one from the group.

Ajay – A nerdy nice guy, not much was revealed about him or showed in action, but he’s a very promising character.

Elise – She seems to be the most mysterious of the bunch, I couldn’t really figure her out yet, but she has her own share of soft spots and heaps of room for character development.

Of course every school themed book has the rule of including at least one bully to contradict how honorable, kind, talented, smart, considerate and just overall awesome the hero is. And I’m not complaining. Come on, alone the name Lyle Ogilvy kind of doesn’t predict anything good-guy-like, or I’m just imagining things. He was a nasty little bugger, abused his position and everything else. There was not a single reason to find him slightly tolerable. And speaking about baddies, overall, they remained kind of ambiguous for the moment, I expect more explanations in the second book to come.

The Center personnel/teachers each had their role to play and there were several quite interesting characters in the lot, at the same time I was suspicious of everyone’s role in the whole fight against evil: do they know, what do the know, are they siding with the good guys or the bad guys, etc etc. Endless possibilities there and some puzzle solving.

Dave – very secretive, need to know more, now!

Overall:

Can’t wait for the next book! A promising series after many of my favorite similar ones have ended, something to look forward to again. Pure entertainment, full of action and adventure.



4 stars!


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