Larry is an angel of the Lord... retired. To avoid final judgment and rather warm room without a view he seeks to make amends by helping humanity against spiritual darkness. Unable to directly interfere, he must use a human to do his dirty work, or as he calls them... Paladins. A lonely kindergarten teacher, Harriet Smith, dreaming of romance and an exciting life of high adventure, has no idea that she has been chosen... that is until she is kidnapped by a five year old, and reborn as the sultry, Maggie Black. Maggie is about to find that the world is a far different place than she could have ever imagined as she faces shape shifting hit men, psychotic witches, and four thousand year old living weapons of mass destruction. Fortunately, Maggie isn't alone, as Silas Cole, a deceased Paladin, comes to her aid, possessing the body of his murdered great grandson. Maggie soon falls in love with the dashing Silas, but finds that to save humanity, she must sacrifice the man she loves. (Goodreads)
Title: The Paladin
Author: Ken Newman
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
Published:May 5, 2011
When then author Ken Newman sent me a review request for his book The Paladin and part of the blurb attached was: "Tongue-in-cheek action-adventure in the genre of 'Kill Bill' and 'Hell Boy' --- the Publisher" After reading that quote I jumped on the chance to read The Paladin. Thankfully I was not disappointed.
Who hasn’t wanted to jump into the life of one of your favorite book characters? I know I have! Well careful what you wish for because that is sort of what happens to Harriet Smith. I loved Harriet’s character. In the first chapter she is given a test to see if she has what it takes to be The Paladin, aka badass super hero, for her new boss Larry. (Who happens to be a fallen angel that can’t kill anyone if he ever wants a chance at getting into heaven again.) Harriet passes the test with flying colors. As she becomes the Paladin and her story line progressed, I was amazed at how smoothly Harriet went from kindergarten teacher to Paladin world savior, and it didn’t feel forced to me. I was with her every step of the way.
I will say that the introduction of characters in the first few chapters did get confusing, especially when it came to the super evil bad guy’s flunkeys for the simple fact that they had first and last names, and Newman interchanged them on occasion. Other than the disconnect in the beginning I loved The Paladin. There is so much more I want to say about characters but they would be spoilers!
I could definitely see this book turned into a graphic novel or a super hero movie. I am very glad to tell you that Mr. Newman says this is hopefully the first in the series. I was so happy when he told me this because I have to know what happens next to the Paladin after the news she got at the end of the book!
4 moons: I loved it. It's reread worthy.
Older teens to Adult: For language, violence, and sexual content.
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