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Paladin: Pawn

(Chess Quest #1)

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When nerdy Rich Witz unwittingly becomes a Paladin, a white knight, in training, he is thrust into a world where flunking a test can change the course of history and a mysterious bully is playing for keeps with his life.

Rich’s grandmother leaves him with one thing before disappearing for good: a white chess pawn with his initials engraved on it. The pawn marks him as the
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Published November 26th 2014 by Trifecta Books
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Reshov
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Paladin:PawnBy Michael D. Young Genre:Fantasy, Thriller

Entertaining, clear and prolifically written. 

Michael D. Young has penned a gripping tale that marks the beginning of his new series, and the acquaintance to the series could not be better. The book holds the reader by her arm in almost a fervent coaster-ride until the reader is dropped at the next book store, asking for the next book in the series. 

Young promises us an entry into the world of his own fantasy and he does a preety decent job.
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Dorine White
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Following the disappearance of his father during a military flight over Irag, Rich Witz is left living with his mom and grandmother. Rich is a bit of a nerd, a kid that all the other kids pick on and who likes to daydream, more than live life.

One day his grandmother gives him a mysterious present, a chess piece, a white pawn. Suddenly, his grandmother goes missing and soon after his own mother. Left alone, Rich is frantic to figure out what is happening, and when a dark shadow appears in his ho
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Shauna
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is FANTASTIC!

Rich is waiting for a package...(love this scene)

What he doesn't realize is that he already has two other packages lying on his dresser that are from his grandmother.

As he opens the first package he finds "a white chess pawn with his initials engraved on it."

As he opens the second package strange things happen and a dark voice calls out a challenge.

Rich is so confused and not sure what is going on~

Later that night his grandmother goes missing.

After days of searching Rich d
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Jerry Walch
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Paladin:Pawn was nothing like what I was expecting. This book is written more for the YA reader that for us older readers. Although it is well plotted, with great characters and equally good dialogue, it's a cliffhanger. One will never know how the story turns out unless one reads the whole series in the order in which they were written.

I gave this book a four start rating because it's well written and would be an exciting and enjoyable read for younger readers.

Dewey
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent storytelling

Expect to fall in love with Rich as he struggles to complete his quests to become a paladin while he is also struggling with Junior high school and all the social life issues involved
Berin Stephens
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to be able to get an advance copy of Michael Young’s new book, Paladin: Pawn. It is about a teen, Rich, who discovers that his family history is a little more interesting than he originally thought. He soon has a quest to prove that he, too, can be a paladin like his ancestors by performing several good deeds. Unfortunately, it’s not easy since every potential paladin also has a nemesis seeking to pull them from their path. Can Rich succeed and be able to help his family’s fight ...more
Loralee
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book that I enjoyed reading! Rich is the main character, a young kid with regular kid dreams and problems. All he wants is to get his package on time, thinking that's all he's got to worry about, then... BAM! All sorts of problems happening at once, and he alone can fix them! He finds himself a white knight in training, up against a black knight. Who will win? It's a good thing that there are more books in this series! This beginning book sets things up nicely. I understand more o ...more
Jenni James
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My 15-yr-old son LOVED this book! He's a readaholic, so that's really saying something. Well done Michael! :)
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