Google+ Reading Teen: Quick-Fire Review: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quick-Fire Review: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375870458
ISBN-13: 978-0375870453
A black sedan glided by as Will jogged toward the next intersection.
   They're looking for an address the can't find, Will thought. Then he wondered how he knew that.
   A faint marimba ring sounded. Will slipped his 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 was about to text back when he heard the rasp of rubber on wet pavement. 
   The black sedan. Shrouded by exhaust, engine rumbling in idle, it was stopped in the intersection ahead of him. Will couldn't see through the car's tinted glass, but somehow he knew -- whoever was inside was looking at him.
   A marimba broke the silence. Another text from Dad: RUN, WILL.

At a Glance:
I judge books by their cover. I mean, who doesn't? At when I first saw this book, I thought it was going to be some stereotypical medieval book. I mean, like knights, horses, dragons, castles, mages, a High Council, a prophecy, a Chosen One... Need I go on?
   Don't get me wrong. Ain't nothing wrong with some awesome medieval stuff. Sure, books in that genre seem to get a bit repetitive in nature, but it's still something I like to read.
   Then, after reading the back cover of the book, and seeing that it was obviously not medieval, I thought, "Hey, isn't that a portal on the front? Maybe there will be some kid who's zapped into the 15th century."
   Again, this couldn't be further from the truth. This book blew away any and all expectations and initial judgments I had, in a very, very good way.

I'm going to be honest here. There actually wasn't a whole lot of action in this book. It was more of a conspiracy/mystery book. I'm not saying that this book was without it's suspenseful moments, of which there were several. But there wasn't really enough to say this book was action-packed. And very surprisingly, I was very okay with that. Normally, I get bored with books like this, but Frost's fresh writing coupled with original concepts and unique settings made this an extremely enjoyable read.

The Paladin Prophecy has a the typical "boy-meets-gorgeous-girl-and-is-always-trying-not-to-put-his-foot-in-his-mouth" romance. This isn't a romance book.

I really, really liked the main character of this book, Will West. He was calculating, decisive, and an utter genius. Always with ideas on how to get out of a tough spot. And, something really cool about him, he has that Sherlock Holmes ability to look somebody up and down, noticing small details about them, and basically tell them their entire past. I love smart characters in books, and Will West has become one of my favorites.

Something I loved:
I loved Dad's List of Rules to Live By. Will always carried around a notebook of rules that his father had written for him, and he always stuck to them when a situation arose. These rules are all over the place, things like #34, "If you act like you're in charge, people will believe you." And #59, "Sometimes you find out more when you ask questions to which you already know the answer."
  All of these rules were true nuggets of wisdom.

Would I recommend it?
I would recommend this book to lots of people. It's a really great book, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Did my friends like it? 
Sadly, I don't know anybody that's read this book. But hey, take it from me: This book is awesome.

Will I buy/keep it?
Yep, this book is going on my "Great books" shelf.



  1. I've read this book and I liked it a lot too. I love the idea of a more medieval setting as teased by the cover but what we got was good too. I'm interested in a sequel.

  2. I read this book and loved it so I bought two copies for my library. So far all the kids I have had read it have loved it as well. It is so action packed!

  3. I really liked the show Twin Peaks and mark Frost was one of the writer's for it. So I'm really looking forward to check out this book. It sounds totally unique!


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