Readers of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this exciting new adventure series by the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.
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 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.
©2012 Mark Frost (P)2012 Listening Library
"Mark Frost has created a wonderfully inventive and exciting tale where one exceptional teenager must discover the truth about his family...and himself. The mysteries are unexpected and the mythology is impressively original. A remarkably suspenseful ride. I can't wait for the next installment!" (Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)
The book had good flow at times. It really was for twenty or under.
At times hard to follow.
More suspence. More of a story. Nothing was that interesting except for assumed revenge
Not very good
Not worth listening to.
If I were fifteen maybe this book would have been o.k.
Doctor of misanthropy
I've been a fan of Frost's books for a couple decades now, so I was quite pleased to see on on Audible.
The story flow is a bit formulaic, but I like the characters, conspiracies and suspense. It has particularly good geek appeal. And, despite these seeming lukewarm words, I found it engaging and thought provoking.
Mostly, I just got hooked and can't wait for the next book in the series.
Yes. I loved the narrator's performance. This story is well paced. This had lots of action and heart.
Will West is the main character and he is definitely very likable.
don't want to spoil things. let's just say it had exciting battles.
Yes. Yes. If I only had the time.
I really loved this audiobook, if you haven't figured this out already. I can't wait for more from Mark Frost and Nick Chamian. I definitely want to get my 10 year old and 8 year old to read this. I'm buying a paper copy. I just might read it to my two boys. Loved it.
I found that once I started to read this book I didn't want to stop. This a great story about new super heros coming into their powers. This is a wonderful development of characters and beginning of a potential series that could hold readers' interest for many years. I am already waiting to read the next book!
Yes, If you enjoy young adult novels with adventure, then this is a great listen.
I loved it. I plan to listen for a few minutes while I gave my son a bath, since have some kind of sound in the background helps keep him from fighting me. But, I ended up listening through bath time and while I cooked dinner, particularly through dinner. I realize around 12:30 at night that I was trying to find anything little thing to do just so I could stay up an hear the next chapter. Finally my husband asked for my phone and headphones, because the screen was keeping with awake. Anyways, I have finished this book and am about to start the second one, and can't wait for the third one.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I might have given this book an extra star if it was labeled as a teen or YA (young adult). I would not have purchased it if I had know because many of the obvious teen plot lines end up in the book. To be fair to the author, I did continue on reading even after I realized this book was written for kids in mind. The author is quite talented and I did enjoy his writing style. He kept me interested enough to keep reading. Will I get book 2? I'm not sure. I suppose it depends on how interesting the Summary sounds but right now I'm thinking no, I will not.
Final Words: The book's description is accurate. If you liked books like I am Number Four you will enjoy this book.
Engrossing, enjoyable, energetic.
No single moment; the pressure and intrigue ratchets up smoothly for a story that becomes impossible to put down.
A fine variation in characterizations. I knew exactly who I was listening to when he spoke.
An engrossing story that doesn't drag you down, but isn't too light and fluffy... just the right amount of substance to be an interesting listen. The story is complex without being difficult to follow, and moves at a pace that doesn't drag, and doesn't skip the details you'd want. A high-impact story without being a chore to read.
The Paladin Prophecy begins a lot like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with a slightly older Harry Potter named Will West. Will, who has no real friends, loses his parents and ends up in a special school for gifted children where he makes his first real friends. While there he learns more about and develops his special skills, finds enemies among the students, and discovers an evil conspiracy at the school.
But the story adds a deeper mythology that sounds a lot like J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion. It is difficult to say too much here without giving too much away, but the key is that the conflict Will West is experiencing is part of a much longer, older battle. Sort of like Frodo in Lord of the Rings, Will West is playing a critical role in a long-lived battle at a critical juncture.
And then at the end the author adds some aspects of The Bourne Identity. They barely touch on this towards the end, but I suspect it will play a larger role in the next novel.
If you enjoyed the Harry Potter novels, I recommend this book. The story moves quickly and is easy to follow (I suspect a movie is in the works), the characters are enjoyable, the storyline is interesting, and Nick Chamian delivers an excellent performance.
This novel is self-contained; I felt satisfied at the end. But the title does call this "Book 1", so there are a number of plot lines that are left dangling to be picked up in Book 2, which, sadly, at the time of this writing is not out yet.
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