Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Paladin Prophecy - Mark Frost

"I couldn't see his face. 
He was running Lang a mountain trail. Running desperately. Pursued by black grasping shadows that were little more than holes in the air, but there was no mistaking their intention. The boy was in unspeakable danger and he needed my help."

Will West is used to moving around, his parents rarely stayed anywhere very long. He was enjoying life in Oaji Southern California but knew that it was only a matter of time before they moved on, he just didn't know if would be as soon as this. Will's dad had been teaching him rules to live by all his life and now was the time to remember them the most. Black sedans join Will on his run to school, he is pulled out of class and is told that he scored the highest mark ever on a test he didn't even try on and his mum turns up wearing dark glasses that don't show her eyes and acting different. There's something strange going on and Will needs to get out of there as soon as possible.  

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I was a bit apprehensive when it came to reading The Paladin Prophecy. It sounded a bit strange and sciencey and I knew that it would take me out of my reading comfort zone. However I also knew that books which do that sometimes end up high up in my ratings, and The Paladin Prophecy is definitely one of those books.     

In Frosts newest novel, Will is running for his life, running without his family for the first time. The action starts from the first page, which is actually in a different voice to most of the book, where we met will from a different persons point of view, from then on we are inside wills mind as he runs and fights and worries. He has left his parents behind and he's not sure what he's left them involved in, but he knows it was the right thing to do. I loved how fast paced the book was and how quickly I read it considering its not my normal genre and it sits at 550 pages. There was a lot going on in the books but the pace, whilst fast is well done and I felt that the story developed at a great pace. Will ends up at a centre for really intelligent and advanced people to get away from the ‘black caps’ following him and each and every part of the story was so well developed in my mind. 

The story was gripping and you really got the sense of something not right about Wills family's situation, the monster's which appeared to be following Will and the even the centre that Will is enrolled into. I loved that Will, who was a loner before these events, learnt to trust people, and thankfully they were the right people. The characters were great in the book and I found it easy to make friends with Wills friends. There are a number of people in the book that I don't really trust still but I was very happy with the obvious development of some characters which is to follow in the later book or books. 

I was hugely impressed with this book, it's characters, it's voice; everything. I was really worried that I would hate it but that wasn't the case at all and I would definitely recommend it to most readers, even those who don't feel it's something they'll enjoy. The only flaw I found with the book was that the revelations about the story often happened at high activity points, so you would find out things during a fast paced action scene and that meant that the revelation came around quite quickly and I often found myself having to go over a couple of things a few times. Even with this in mind though, I am still really looking forward to the next book in the series and will be recommending this one to people for months to come. 

The Paladin Prophecy was published in September by Doubleday, a Random House imprint. My copy was sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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1 comment:

Debbie Turner said...

I had exactly the same reservations; it looks a bit too sci-fi-y from the cover, and I thought it would be too intense. However, after reading your review, its given me second thoughts!