Monday, January 6, 2014

Book Review: Alliance (The Paladin Prophecy #2)

Release Date: January 7, 2013
Author: Mark Frost
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Length: 352 pages

Readers of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this sophisticated adventure series by the cocreator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.

After exposing the sinister underground society of students known as the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights' shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what's going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight.


Protagonist: Will West is surprisingly a very fully developed character, in fact he's darn near perfect, which you'd think would be off-putting, but it works for this series. Most of the "bad" things that happen in this book that would usually stem from the protagonist's mistakes are really just unforeseeable circumstances that happen outside Will's control. Like I said above his near perfection would seem like something very undesirable, especially since "no one's perfect" is a motto of most people's lives, mine included, but I don't know what to tell you, it really works for this series. Perhaps it's the author's fantastic writing, or the extreme circumstances our characters find themselves in, but I don't know how many more ways I can say it, I really love Will's character.

Romance: The romance is probably the only place in this book where I had a problem. Like I had predicted after reading the previous book in this series, a love triangle was formed. Now, I'm never initially put off by a love triangle, unless it's abruptly stated in the summary but that's a story for another time, and at first I was all on board for this triangle. That is until it went no where. There was very little development to any of the romance in this book, in fact it was mostly confined to one chapter towards the beginning of the book, and from there on it's only referenced maybe once or twice when it moves at a rather unnatural pace. While towards the end I could see what the author was trying to do with it, there really needed to be much more development between one of the sides of the love triangle for it to seem natural instead of forced.

World-Building: While we don't really leave the parameters of the world we've seen in this series, The Center and the Crag, underneath all of that lies a much larger secret and it's one that we discover in this installment. A large portion of this book takes place underground, in a secret city full of the unthinkable. The things out heroes learn down there is mind blowing and the repercussions of their trip will lead to biggest bombshell of all, but that's for a later segment. The additions to this fantastic world are simply amazing, Not only the physical additions but the interpersonal ones as well. The development with these characters is so captivating and how everything eventually fits together is just unbelievable.

Predictability: There are so many secrets that are found out in this installment, almost enough for me to believe that this series is going to turn out to be a trilogy, however, after some of the things that are revealed in the end I'm changing my guess to this being a four book series, unless the next book is as long as the first. In terms of what I was able to deduce before it happened, there wasn't very much, these secrets are very surprising and while I should have been able to pick up on a couple more than I did, some of them are so well guarded that there is no way I think anyone could see it coming.

Ending: Holy Bombshell Batman! Seriously guys, there are two big bombshells at the end of this book, the first one, while relatively large, is completely overshadowed by what the very end has in store. This is quite possibly the largest cliffhanger I have ever read, it's so mind blowing and so huge that I'm still reeling over it and will possibly still be in this same state of shock for the next week or so.


I was originally going to give this book 4 out of 5 stars, but after reading that ending it had to be bumped up half a star. I didn't feel right giving it a full five after the unnatural and jerky love triangle the author introduced, but with that being a fairly small subplot, it's a small blemish on this amazing installment, I can't wait to read the next one!



  1. I couldn't agree more. The ending was so insanely good that I literally had trouble sleeping after I read it. And that is something that doesn't happen to me very often. Can't wait til the next book. Which is unfortunate cause it there is absolutely zero info to be found on it.

  2. This book is well written and really keeps me wanting more just like the first, don't know if their is going to be a sequel or not but look forward to it as well.

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