Monday, February 10, 2014

10. The Paladin Prophecy - Mark Frost

#1 Paladin Prophecy
2012, Random House
550 pages
Goodreads rating: 4.13
cag rating:  5/A really great yarn

1st sentence:  "The Importance of an Orderly Mind.  Will West began each day with that thought even before he opened his eyes.  When he did open them, the same words greeted him on a banner across his bedroom wall:  #1: THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ORDERLY MIND."

My comments:  I was hooked on this story almost immediately.  It had many things going for it, and those that didn't failed to bother me in any way.  Characterization - excellent.  Plot - exciting (I just ignored anything too implausible or that I couldn't quite fathom because the rest of the story line was super) with enough adventure and mystery to keep the reader guessing and interested. Setting - really well defined and shown. Excitement scale - pretty high, especially for a  young adult.   A great mixture of realistic and scifi/fantasy with a lot of technology and imagination included.  I have three or four 4th graders that will really love this story....can't wait to read number two!

Goodreads:  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.

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