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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...more
Library Binding, 560 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2012)
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Chaz Robbins
WOW! Have to start with that one word.

There are some books that you love but wish had more unpredictability. Then exists some that leave you dumbfounded with great story but you don't necessarily love it. Rarely does a book come along that does BOTH! I would like to state, after saying it does both, that this book is meant to be ENJOYED and not ANALYZED. I’ve read some reviews that are WAY over critical like if this was a Harvard Law paper. Jeez people, just enjoy what the author wants to prese...more
Christy Woods
THE BAD: You know those commercials that you hear on TV, the ones selling weird gadgets, the ones that seem to SHOUT at you? The ones that seem to say “LOOK AT ME! I’M EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED! PLEASE BUY ME EVEN THOUGH I’M COMPLETELY USELESS!” The Paladin Prophecy was that book for me. That doesn’t make sense? Let me elaborate.

I was totally taken in by the cover of this book (kickass), by its synopsis (intriguing), and by its author’s credentials (Twin Peaks? Fantastic Four? Yes!). Perhaps my e...more
Athena (Shardbearer)
Buddy Read with Shandra

Actual Rating 4.5 stars

Will is having a really tough time trying to be what he wants to be and doing what his parent say. He knows he's smart and more athletic than other students, but his parents make him promise that he will not try to excel in anything. He has to live by a certain set of rules. Rule #3. Don't Draw Attention to Yourself That's shitty parenting to me, but his parents have their reasons and we soon find out why.

Will barely escapes being taken, and makes i...more
Logan
This book is friggin fantastic! What a start to an awesome series. Set In a dystopian future, but not too far into the future and to be honest the way the economy and government is discussed, it doesn't sound too far off the mark. This book is like Harry Potter meets mythology and secrets like the davinci code with tons of page turning excitement. Lots of unexpected twists. I will be purchasing the next one in the series as soon as it hits the street. Highly recommend this book.
Aaron
Harry Potter meets The da Vinci Code with a just a touch of James bond in this new series by this film producer. Will West grew up in the strangest of family situations. Granted, he is not the only kid who grew up with his family moving from place to place, but his family seems to be filled with secrets. His father is a master scientist at a a unveristy. They have recently settled into life in California.

Everything changes, though, when Will mistakenly does incredibly well on a standardized test...more
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: High-stakes and over-flowing with action, The Paladin Prophecy is a intense read. A hilarious hero with a secretive past and new friends at a strange school are thrown into a war with an alternate dimension.

Opening Sentence: The Importance of an Orderly Mind Will West began every day with that thought even before he opened his eyes.

The Review:

While I was reading this novel, and for a few hours afterward, The Paladin Prophecy had me buzzing....more
Kat Heckenbach
Mar 02, 2013 Kat Heckenbach rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for action and male protagonists in a teen novel
Shelves: favorite-reads
The last book I reviewed was a YA novel by a writer who was established in the adult market, and I swore that I'd start reading author bios before picking up books because I had gotten to the point where I could spot within the first few pages of the book an author whose bio includes the words "this is his/her first YA novel." I have gotten so tired of adult-market authors jumping on the teen bandwagon and pumping out books that don't read like teen novels, that are awkward or too adult or dumbe...more
Bob
Not an easy book to rate. I was tempted to give it either a 2 or a 4 star rating. The quality of writing and, at the end, the pleasure of reading the book merited a 4. However, the plotting reminded me so much of E.E. Doc Smith's books, where eventually the characters could literally do ANYTHING so that there seemed no point in even writing about them. Here we have various powers cropping up in these kids at opportune times, saving them from the bad guys, combined with completely oblivious adult...more
Owen
I actually stopped reading this twice, so I am surprised I had decided to keep going. On the third try, I made it to page 375. I think the reason I read so much when I didn’t want to was because RandomBuzzers had sent me not one, but two ARC copies for review. Well, I mean, to review the book and give someone else the other copy.

The author, Mark Frost, is already very successful and well-known in the book writing and television business (I think he created Twin Peaks and wrote the script for Fan...more
Mandi
Diving right in, the Paladin Prophecy is very fast-paced. It really reminded me of the Percy Jackson series, if you weren't told Percy had anything special about him, or why he might be doing anything he's doing.

The plot seems based more on action than plot, until about 2/3 of the way through the book. Frost obviously adheres to the "show, don't tell" theory in writing, which is both fun and frustrating. You don't find out why the antagonist is even after him until the final pages of the book. T...more
Tracy
This is a fast paced fun read. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. The main character Will is a very likable young man, who in many ways reminds me of my own 17 year old son. While he tries to keep a low profile, something his parents instilled in him from a young age though he does not know why. But due to a mistake, which I find very realistic in teen boys, he completely changes his life. While the concept of taking a test which brings the attention of powerful people who want to...more
Zora
Very early on in the novel, I began fantasizing that the author had hired a team of Market Analyst Drones (MADs) to analyze successful YA books of the past half-generation. And that he had this conversation (probably via Skype):

MADs: Male protagonist a must; females readers will adapt, but young male readers still have a hard time imagining themselves as girls. Author: Check

He seems average but what the kids around him don't know/appreciate is that he is Very Special Indeed. Caters to typical ad...more
Tiffany
Will West has always lived his life under the radar - moving every 18 months, never making friends, always striving to be average and unforgettable, just as his parents have always wanted him to be, until one morning when he sees a mysterious black sedan. "They are looking for an address they can't find," he knows. When the vehicle suddenly stops in front of him, he instantaneously receives a text from his father (who is in another city at a conference) - "RUN!" That's just what he does, out run...more
Shandra {The Happy New Mrs}
Buddy read with Athena

Actual rating: 4.5 stars. Any spoilers will be clearly marked.

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That was such a stinking fun book!!!! It's also quite different from most books I've read. It was totally not what I was expecting to walk into when I picked it up. But that was ok and it worked for me.

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I developed such a bond and liking for the characters, which is also something I totally didn't see coming. My heart ached for Will, and he ended up breaking me just a little. I loved Nick and Ajay endlessly!!!...more
Courtney
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Will West is a genius told to dumb it down and remain low because there is danger lurking after him. He's moved countless times and his abides by rules that his father set forth and lives off of them like its his bible. Will was a character that I liked, he was smart (obviously), funny, but quite pompous and reminded me of a young and modern Sherlock Holmes in a way. But Will was the only thing about the book that I could really watch a...more
Julie
How wonderful to read a Young Adult fantasy that doesn't have a steamy love triangle in it! What it does have is a strong action filled plot, characters that behave like teenagers, or at least teenagers with superpowers, and a mystery surrounding the source of the superpowers and the origins of the evil opposition. This book is long, but I found myself finishing it in just a few days because it was hard to put down. The basic premise is a boarding school that is targeted toward gifted teens, and...more
Linda Hilton
Jan 07, 2014 Linda Hilton marked it as do-not-want-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Only way to protest terrible animated ad is to swear never to buy this book.

It's just the kind of book I would have purchased for my voracious reader grandson, but not now. No way.
Rachel
This story has heart-pounding action from the get-go! Will West, a teenager who has pretended to be average his whole life, scores off the charts on an academic test. Unfortunately, this draws the attention of both good and evil. Within the first 20 pages of the story, Will is chased by “black caps” in an SUV as he goes for his morning run. This is followed by a call to the office once school starts where he is invited to attend The Center for Integrated Learning due to his amazing test scores....more
Shanna
Oh my GOD. This is probably the worst book I've read in a long time. I just don't even know what I read or why in the world I finished it.

Let's start with the good things about this book:

-THERE IS NOTHING.

Ok, now on with the bad things:

-Will West, the protagonist. If ever there has been a more boring, bland, cardboard character in literature, I have never heard of him/her. Will was so glaringly average that I had absolutely nothing invested in him. I honestly would not have cared if he died. He...more
Jessica
One day my boyfriend and I randomly stumbled into a horror book/dvd/gift shop. There happened to be a book signing that day by Mark Frost, for his new book The Paladin Prophecy. I didn't pay too much attention to it (sadly there was only one person there for the signing) but as I was browsing I overheard that Mark Frost was the co-creator of Twin Peaks. I love Twin Peaks, and I have a friend who LOVES Twin Peaks and all of a sudden I really wanted this guy's autograph. I picked up his book and w...more
Ashley
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Oh my god. Full stop.

This book totally awed me. I almost passed up the opportunity to read The Paladin Prophecy. It wasn't grabbing me. But on a whim, I figured "Why not" and got it through Netgalley. I'm so glad I did! For me, this book was right on par with Insignia, both in style/story and in how much I loved it. And if you read my review of Insignia, you'll know how much I adored it and realize exactly what that statement means. It means that The Paladin Pr...more
Jody
The Paladin Prophecy is a full on action movie where "Bourne Identity" meets Harry Potter. I was immediately drawn into the action where Will West hits the ground running literally from mysterious black sedans. Will has always lived by a book of rules his Dad made for him. Will never preformed up to his abilities and always stayed below the radar. He wasn't even able to join the cross-country team until he promised to always finish in the pack. But as the book starts, Will notices the black seda...more
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received this book upon request from Netgalley.

I absolutely loved this book. While I was reading it, I felt the same excitement and anticipation I usually feel when reading Harry Potter, so that must say a lot. The story, I think, was unique and captivating, and the storytelling was done masterfully.

To be honest, I had a completely different notion on this book before I sat down to read it. For one, I thought it would be a high fantasy novel (paladin, duh!), and two, I believed it would...more
Lady Poppy
#1 THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ORDERLY MIND.

Wow. WOW!

This book was fantastic. I fell in love with the characters, every single one splendidly unique in his/her own way. By the end, I felt like I was a part of the Alliance, like they were my second family. It was an incredible journey overall, and if you have not read this, do it. Now.

This book follows the story of Will, a boy raised by loving parents who served as his best friends. Always bouncing from city to city, he lived off of his dad's rules, esp...more
Kristina
AHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!
I LOVE the plot, and the characters. There is something so unique about how Mark Frost writes his books. There will never be anothe book like this book.
I have to say that Ajay is my favourite character. He's smart, funny in his own way and (to me) has a air of mystery about it. You know about the background about all the other main characters, but you don't know his.
You know how in books, the guys are usually perfect, pristine, gorgous and extreamly i...more
Ricarda Scola
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Will West hat sich mit dem Gedanken abgefunden, dass sein Leben anders verläuft als das eines gewöhnlichen Teenagers. Circa alle 15 Monate erklären seine Eltern, dass es Zeit für einen Umzug ist, so hat Will zwar schon viele Städe gesehen, aber dafür keinen einzigen Freund. Sein Leben ist bestimmt von hartem Training und strengen, aber hilfreichen Regeln. Während seines Aufenthalts in der Kleinstadt Ojai erlebt er einen Tag, der sein ganzes Leben verändern wird: er wird von Männern in Sch...more
Anna
The suspense kicks off right from the beginning of this book. Will's parents have always taught him to underachieve to avoid notice. He loses his races on purpose and gets mediocre grades. Somehow, though, he's been noticed. On his jog in to practice, a black car starts following him, and he soon discovers his parents have been compromised. Authorities are suddenly after him all the time, and he doesn't know why. All his guidance is in the form of a notebook where his dad has written a list of...more
Ms. Yingling
Will West's parents have always told him to fly under the radar-- which is really hard when you can run freakishly fast and score so high on standardized tests that elite private schools come recruiting you. Will finds out why his parents wanted him to lay low soon enough. As soon as Dr. Robbins at The Center for Integrated Learning contacts him, things begin to go wrong with his parents. His mother's eye go blank, and his father first texts him to run away from the threatening men in black cars...more
Melanie
3.5 stars

I quite liked this, and probably would have liked it more had I not been in a reading funk so it gets an extra half star for that fact.

The concept of The Paladin Prophecy was something I quite liked nothing really new but still interesting enough.

Basically Will is super good at, well, everything and has some other crazy abilities.
He gets invited to a school for the best of the best, and then some people try to kill him, he goes to school to find out what the hell is going on.

Pretty sim...more
Filip
3,5

Každý snil o dokonalé škole, která nabízí vše, na co člověk pomyslí. Sporty, velikánské archívy, přednášky, které vám rozšíří obzory a hlavně učitelé, kteří se pokaždé usmívají a věnují vám svůj čas. Tato škola je to nejlepší, co se ve Spojených státech najde a premianti jsou viceprezidenti, ministři a světoznámí politici. Některým se tato možnost naskytne. Dostávají se jim ty nejlepší možnosti, ale co se odehrává za kulisami tohoto nádherného a dokonalého místa? Je možné, že existují lidé, k...more
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