The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost (Book 1)

A boy enters an elite prep school to hide from the mysterious black capped men who are stalking him and who have taken over his family, only to discover a conspiracy coming from another dimension.

The Paladin Prophecy is extremely well-written, and despite the presence of many expected genre elements, it showed a lot of imagination. Not surprising, considering that Mark Frost was the co-creator of Twin Peaks, one of the best TV shows of all time.

I found so much I liked in this book that I kept reading, even though I didn’t think that the story itself was the most original. But it’s hard to think of a new way to spin the “first year at magic school” story, so I cut it some slack. I’d like to see where it goes from here. The threads planted for book 2 definitely have me wanting more!

Many thanks to Random House Books for Young Readers for the review copy.

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