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(The Paladin Prophecy #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  10,670 ratings  ·  1,101 reviews
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
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Reader (first published September 1st 2012)
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Amariah Dixon Ummm. I'd personally say 15 and up. 14, depending on reading maturity. But more-so 15. There is some cussing. From what I remember, the characters…moreUmmm. I'd personally say 15 and up. 14, depending on reading maturity. But more-so 15. There is some cussing. From what I remember, the characters make fun of someone's name (which people have inevitably turned into a cuss word now) and the "f" word is used in an acronym. It's not said, but it's in the "WT-" manner. No sex from what I recall. Some romance, but no sex.(less)
Cobradragon4373 Yes, it is, but the series would have been better if they had added another book. The 3rd book felt kinda rushed, the characters pretty much had to do…moreYes, it is, but the series would have been better if they had added another book. The 3rd book felt kinda rushed, the characters pretty much had to do everythingsqueezed in those pages. (less)

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Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-for-boys
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
Chaz Robbins
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Ive 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
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! IM EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED! PLEASE BUY ME EVEN THOUGH IM COMPLETELY USELESS! The Paladin Prophecy was that book for me. That doesnt make sense? Let me elaborate.

I was totally taken in by the cover of this book (kickass), by its synopsis (intriguing), and by its authors credentials (Twin Peaks? Fantastic Four? Yes!). Perhaps my
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was an adventure, full of action, a dash of philosophical promptings and great characters.
Will, the main character, intentionally lived so hes unnoticed, a dire warning from his parents. The one time he slipped up, he ended up with the highest score on a standardized test, and the jig was up for him and his parents. That is when all hell broke loose...Supernatural forces, ancients bound on world domination, captured his parents and were pulling every strings, including the federal
Chance Lee
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-no, shmoop
The Paladin Prophecy is one of the most derivative, unimaginative, and reductive books I've ever read. This is the plot: boy with special powers is orphaned, but brought to a magical place where he can realize his potential -- a secret boarding school with a castle!

I'm not kidding. That's the plot. It is exactly the plot of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The protagonist, Will West, even gets rescued by a giant burly man who has a badass ride. His name is Dave. DAVE. Frost's startling
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 didnt 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
Mike (the Paladin)
Allow me some wiggle room here. I am torn between 3 and 4 on the novel, so give me a little space to say why.

So, what do we have here? Our protagonist is thrown into a world where nothing makes sense any more. If you ever saw an old movie (not the remake) titled Invaders from Mars you might remember how it opens. A little boy sees a flying saucer land behind a hill. He tells his parents. Dad goes to investigate. There is a path that leads over a hill. Dad goes over the hill...and when he comes
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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:


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
Karen Barber
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Will has spent his life trying not to stand out. His parents have drummed it into him that he should live by the rules they have taught him.
Not knowing much more than this means you are a little unsure what's going on at key moments. The opening of the novel starts with dramatic chases, mysterious alien-like characters and some seriously odd stuff. I couldn't help but be sucked in, partly because Will is such an interesting character.
Will ends up in a special place, a school that you have to be
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-emmy
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
Kat Heckenbach
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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 ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fiction
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
Ilse de Boer
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heb-ik-thuis
Overall this was quite a fun book to read, but unfortunately there are some things stated in this book that I feel like I should correct.
Little spoiler alert: the main person, Will, has superhuman speed. Later on, some doctors explain how it is possible that he runs so fast, but they are very, very wrong.
First of all, one of the doctors says his hematocrit level is almost 100 percent. Someone with such a high hematocrit level isn't fast. He's dead. The hematocrit level shows the percentage of
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-arc, physical-arc
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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
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
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
Jul 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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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
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, young-adult
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
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-divas
I wasn't sure about it at first - but this ended up being a lot of fun.
Debra Elsner
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! What an amazing book. it was such an exciting read from page one. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, it hooked me right away and I literally could not put it down. Will is such a likable character and even though he is only 15 as well as the other students he meets at the Academy, it doesn't bother me. Will is on the run from unknown "black caps" who are after him for reasons unknown to him. Out of the blue, he is accepted with full scholarship to a secret school for smart kids. When they ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Minor quibble with the fact that Brooke basically had no personality or purpose other than to be a damsel in distress at the right moment, but I am hoping she will get more fully fleshed out in the sequels. Also, the first couple of chapters were super confusing - I think the idea is that you, along with Will, are supposed to suddenly be thrust into the action with no idea why things are happening, and I think that makes sense for a screenplay but can make for a rough start to a novel. Overall ...more
Maybe good for reluctant readers with its fast pace, but more avid readers might find it harder to overlook the familiar beats and tropes and clunky writing. Also, all teens are going to find these kids to talk exactly like an adult imagines teens do, which is a laughable effort.
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for the first time over a year ago. Recently I decided to do a random reread. It was just as good as the first time, if not better. This time though I will continue with the series.

Will West has lived his whole life pretending to be normal, getting average grades, and moving about every fifteen months. His parents have never given him any real explanation, but he trusts them. Then he makes a mistake and scores extraordinary high on a nationwide exam. Now people want him to go to an
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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