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Author: Mark Frost Narrator: Nick Chamian Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Paladin Prophecy Series Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780449014844
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From the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks comes an exciting adventure series with a unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural. Meet your new action-adventure addiction!

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.

Includes an audio-exclusive conversation with the author, as well as a bonus PDF of "Dad’s List of Rules to Live By" Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • A Kids' Indie Next List Pick, Autumn 2012
    A Virginia Readers' Choice master list selection, 2013.
  • Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone:
  • 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!"
  • Booklist, September 15, 2012:
  • Frost, screenwriter and cocreator of the innovative TV series Twin Peaks, joins the parade of adult authors trying their hands at YA books with this first in a planned series. Making an assured transition, Frost delivers an addictive Jason Bourne/Pittacus Lore/Harry Potter mash-up. Teen Will West has shaped his life by his father’s “Rules to Live By,” especially number three: “Don’t Draw Attention to Yourself.” Throughout many moves, Will has learned to appear mediocre until one morning, when he learns that he has scored off the charts on a national test and is offered a full scholarship to an exclusive prep school. After receiving a terrifying text from his father, Will flees to the school only to discover that he and his new roommates possess hidden talents and are linked to an ancient struggle for world domination. Nonstop action and a richly layered plot propel a breakneck pace, and if the characters fit a tried-and-true trope, the skillful dialogue and touches of humor make that easy to overlook. A cliff-hanger ending will have readers begging for the sequel."
  • Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, New Mexico:
  • Anybody who loves adventure, thriller, or mystery must have this book! I don’t have the time to reread anymore. But I’ve already made time to read this twice. And I want to give it a third go. This is the best adventure book I have read in years. I can just see Dad’s Rules going viral. Best read the book before the obscure numbered tweets show up!"
  • Ashley (booknook)'s Reviews on
  • This book totally awed me. It’s like Harry Potter school fantasy meets kids-save-the-world Percy Jackson meets mind-blowing 'OH MY GOD I WANT THAT' technology meets the page-turning awe that is Dan Brown conspiracy, history-brought-to-life, secret society. Put it all together and you get this incredibly original story that will suck you in and won’t let you go."
  • The Book Stall, Chicago
  • The Paladin Prophecy blends terror and comedy into one fast-paced, adrenaline-inducing must-read. Readers will stay up into the small hours of the morning to finish, and then the first thing on their minds will be, 'When does the sequel come out?'"
  • Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2012:
  • New school and new mental powers meet ancient mysteries and ancient war."
  • Publishers Weekly, July 23, 2012:
  • Frost, adult author and Twin Peaks co-creator, makes his YA debut with this densely plotted thriller, first in a trilogy. His story has serious entertainment value and pulls together satisfyingly by book's end, while laying the groundwork for the sequels."
  • The New York Times, November 11, 2012:
  • Mark Frost, a co-creator, with David Lynch, of the seminal 1990s series "Twin Peaks," is no stranger to the art of suspense. It's unsurprising, then, that "The Paladin Prophecy," his first venture into young adult literature (he's written nine books for adults), contains thrills and plot twists in spades... A superhero coming-of-age tale... Heart-pounding... Breakneck pace... This is young adult literature as popcorn blockbuster."

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/19/2014

    " I found this book, by getting caught by the title and cover, and it turned out to be a really interesting book, i highly recomend it to fantasy readers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jed | 2/18/2014

    " I "Loved" this book, it is a fast paced read, and "amazingly" funny. You are surprised from start to finish finding out what happens to Will West as you read thru the book. I can't wait for more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 2/12/2014

    " This was a pretty good read. There were spots where it got slow, but overall it was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/1/2014

    " When I first heard about this book I was a little skeptical. Recently I downloaded the Nook app from the Google Play store and this is one of the books that I downloaded. So it took me 3 days to read this book and it was pretty good I was surprised. I'm 25 and young adult books are thing of the past except this along with the Harry Potter series have been exceptions. I am not afraid to say that I find reading young adult books enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book to others that were interested and young adult fiction. = ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/23/2014

    " I couldn't put this book down! A fast paced, fantasy thriller that keeps you guessing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/21/2014

    " Kinda reminded me of a cross between Harry potter and the caretaker trilogy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 1/4/2014

    " The beginning was slow but the end was a full 4 stars. Looking forward to the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tweller83 | 1/2/2014

    " Excellent. Fast-paced but long. Challenging for middle school, but very good. Loved the take on good vs. Evil. It isn't just Angels vs. Demons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwenyth | 12/24/2013

    " Harry Potter on steriods, set in Wisconsin. I finished the prepub edition last night and wanted to read the next one immediately! Suspenseful, with comic relief scenes. On the line between SF & fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/17/2013

    " Fast-paced, action-packed, I picked this up and had a hard time putting it down. I'm excited for book 2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 12/7/2013

    " Loved this book! I feel like a lot of books I've read in the sci-fi/fantasy genre have been a bit repetitious lately. This book has an interesting plot and characters, is well written, and has a fresh dynamic. I tore right through it and can't wait to read the next book in the series! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~(D+S+G)+(14x2)+0+(3x2)~= | 12/1/2013

    " Really great start! Hope to see more from the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 11/5/2013

    " This is an interesting story, but it gets muddled by the incredibly poor dialogue between the young characters. Frost seems to think that young people speak in slang and jive with every word. Also, the young protagonists are a bit one dimensional, making their dialogue even worse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivy | 11/1/2013

    " It was interesting but not the book that I really like though it is a litle bit sad though. So to be fair I gave it a 4 star because I also like it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 10/16/2013

    " This is a great book for teenagers. Loved it. Looking forward to the next one for my kids. Clean read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kindle25 | 8/16/2013

    " There's still a lot of questions left unanswered. I want to know what happens next with Will. What about his parents? Dave? Hobbes and Nepsted? Overall, this is an interesting read. A page-turner filled with a lot of action and adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 7/25/2013

    " Loved it! Great writing. Fresh and original story. Lots of excitement, mystery, and adventure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janelle | 7/7/2013

    " With a plot combining elements of the Maze Runner, the Goonies, and Heroes. one would think that this book would be a home run. However, it wasn't even close. I had a hard time even getting through this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Llana | 7/6/2013

    " The dialogue was way off . Sounded like pompous asses half the time and how people think teens talk the rest of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigitta | 1/28/2013

    " Awesome!! I love the sci-fi fantasy mix in this book. It was exciting and a little bit scary. The creatures were creepy but made the story exciting. The characters were awesome, some were funny, goofy, mysterious, and just plain awesome! Can't wait for the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Port | 1/13/2013

    " Great book. I recommend this book for any middle school boy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dane | 9/16/2012

    " This is a good read. Cool characters with crazy adventures. "

About the Author

Mark Frost received a Writers Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues and was cocreator and executive producer of the legendary television series Twin Peaks. In 2005 he wrote and produced The Greatest Game Ever Played, a major motion picture based on his book of the same name. An avid golfer, Frost lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York with his wife and son.

About the Narrator

Nick Chamian is an actor, writer, composer, and audiobook narrator. His narrations include The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan and The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost.