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Paladin: Pawn (Chess Quest Book 1) by [Young, Michael D.]
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Length: 168 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 10 - 18 Grade Level: 5 - 12

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About the Author

Michael D. Young is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Western Governor’s University with degrees in German Teaching, Music, and Instructional Design. He puts his German to good use teaching online German courses for high school students. Though he grew up traveling the world with his military father, he now lives in Utah with his wife, Jen, and his two sons. Michael enjoys acting in community theater, playing and writing music and spending time with his family. He played for several years with the handbell choir Bells on Temple Square and is now a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He is the author of the novels The Canticle Kingdom Series, The Last Archangel Series, and the Chess Quest Series. His also authors several web serials through He publishes anthologies for charity in his Advent Anthologies series. He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Bards and Sages Quarterly, Mindflights, Meridian, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign.

Product Details

  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Trifecta Books (November 26, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Q7XXNR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was fortunate to be able to get an advance copy of Michael Young’s new book, Paladin: Pawn. It is about a teen, Rich, who discovers that his family history is a little more interesting than he originally thought. He soon has a quest to prove that he, too, can be a paladin like his ancestors by performing several good deeds. Unfortunately, it’s not easy since every potential paladin also has a nemesis seeking to pull them from their path. Can Rich succeed and be able to help his family’s fight against the powers of darkness?

I’ve read several of Michael’s books and have always enjoyed them. This one was no exception. In fact, I think it is my favorite thus far. Not only does it tell a great story, but it also teaches some good values for not only middle-grade readers, but for us old fogies who read it, too. While I was in the midst of this book, I found myself, just like Rich, looking for opportunities to serve and help others.

I’m also a sucker for superhero stories. This one isn’t one exactly, but each time Rich succeeded in one of his smaller quests, he gained new abilities to help him. None of them are super strength or flying, but still cool powers to have.

Something I’ve liked about all of Michael’s books I’ve read is that he comes up with new twists in his world-building. They are not your typical medieval-style fantasy settings with all the same old monsters. In this book, there is traveling into and out of a painting. I won’t tell you more than that, though.

I highly recommend this book for readers, both young and young-at-heart. It is totally clean and possesses a great moral that everybody could use a refresher course on. The only thing that was a little confusing to me was that the book suddenly ended without finishing the story arc.
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I really like the concept of this well thought out book. The plot is unraveled bit by bit like pulling on a string that unravels a sweater. Lots of questions and cliffhangers keep the pace moving along.

The characters are well rounded with strengths and weaknesses and very little info dump. You can get to know the characters as they get to know themselves. Rich is especially well crafted.

There are lots of twists and turns to figure out who is a good guy, who is a bad guy and who just may be an innocent bystander caught in the cross fire.

The dialogue is suited for the age group and will make a fairly easy and fast read for the intended audience.

My only real hangup is the structure of the ending. It happens in an odd place for me. I dearly hope there is a sequel/series to finish out this tantalizing story and answer all my questions. In other words, I want more.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I teach students this age, and Heinrich could be one of them. A believable fiction that is realistic in setting and appropriate in content into which has been woven a most interesting fantasy.

Anxious for him to find his cause.
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