Title: The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Binding: Audio CD
Book Condition: Fair
Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0449014835I5N10
Synopsis: 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.
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"Fantasy, Mythology, and Metaphor"?An Essay by Mark Frost
Relax. I?m not referring to anything you might have covered?or been bored to petrification by?in English class.
I?m talking about stories that grab you by the eyeballs, bury their fangs in your forehead, and won?t let you go until the last words are graven onto your sated, saturated brain. The kinds of stories that keep you up at night because you?re in a reading fever and physically can?t put them down. Those stories, the ones you?ll never forget, that put a spiritual brand on you you?ll wear for the rest of your life.
When I was a kid, fantasy was scorned as a literary ghetto, a refuge for lunatics and sweatshop hacks. Conan, Doc Savage, even Tarzan got the treatment back then. Almost exclusively paperbacks, they had lurid covers that pandered to the furtive and sensational; in other words, the perfect food for the teenage audience in the 1960s?anything that smacked of rebellion, breaking our suburban shackles and taking a big fat bite of escape.
We have another word for those books now. Classics. And that homely little twisted Rumpelstiltskin of a genre is now the nuclear reactor powering the entire entertainment-industrial complex. The first time I saw Gandalf and Frodo on-screen in The Fellowship of the Ring, I burst into tears. At last, I thought, at last, it?s all come to pass.
Why? How did it happen? Because fantasy and mythology speak to us and for us, in the deepest possible ways. They?re our inner life made manifest, the lifeblood of the human animal. From cave paintings to multiplexes, they are our life, our history, our spirit, our DNA. They are the freedom and imagination and the power of dreams that make life worth living.
There is a fundamental conflict on this planet that?s as old as time. On the one hand are the forces that want everything contained, ordered, counted, and accounted for. On the other hand are those crazy-brave, shamanistic souls who realize that the inner life?the field where everything in creation, including you, is connected to everything else?is the only thing that matters.
You have a choice in this life. Sign up with that first bunch, and sign away your ability to make life an adventure. Oh, sure, you might make a whopping pile of scratch and get more than your share of ?things,? but the beating heart of your spirit will spend its life in a cage of gold, wondering what it?s like out there where the wild things run free.
Take the second route, and what you?ll find out there is yourself. The ?you? no one else can shake, rattle, or roll. That?s where metaphor comes in: all useful, powerful art is a metaphor for the journey you have to make. No one can take it in your place. But, lucky for you, you can rely on the words of all those who made the trip before you and lived large enough and long enough to write about it.
Fantasy and mythology are the gateway to your individualized adventure. Don?t listen to anybody who tries to tell you different; they?re playing for the other side. They want you in a cubicle, playing it safe, making them money.
Get started today. Open that book and dream. Keep searching until you find the metaphor that works for you. That?s your map. Your territory is waiting for you. What are you waiting for?
Art is a set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement.
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