Why does it not surprise me to learn that
Frost helped create Twin Peaks and the Fantastic Four movies? There is
certainly something cinematic about his writing, and he has something of a talent for
but I am getting ahead of myself. First, lets admit that I
hadnt read book one of the Paladin Prophecy, and that even with a massive
data dump near the start, the thing is so damn complex that I had difficulty figuring out
what was going on.
This introduction certainly grabbed my attention: Lyle Ogilvy had
trouble staying dead is a great first line, but then the tension and the interest
drop rapidly into a confusion of conspiracies. We have the Center, a Hogwarts for
genetically enhanced teens, we have a castle with a vast ancient city in a cavern below,
we have demonic critters trying to break through and take over the Earth, Native American
weirdness, adults with dubious morality and Nazi philosophies
its all just a
bit too much for one story. And some of it really strains the boundaries of credibility.
Sometimes more is less, and perhaps that is a lesson for writers too. If
you are intrigued by this series, I suggest you go read the first book, The
Paladin Prophecy, first, it might make more sense.