Monday, September 5, 2011
Review: The Paladin by Ken Newman
The Paladin is a novel by Ken Newman from Sunbury Press.
Larry is an angel of the Lord... retired. To avoid final judgment and a 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 a four thousand year old living weapon 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.
Harriet Smith does not really fit in at the fancy school where she tries to teach the pampered offspring of the wealthy. As a matter of fact, Harriet Smith does not really fit in anywhere.
Imagine her surprise when she is kidnapped and given the opportunity to change her life entirely.
Accepting the proposition before her - Harriet is transformed into Maggie Black, a tough and very competent Paladin on a mission.
And what a mission. She just has to save humanity - no pressure.
The Paladin is fun and quirky and an enjoyable read. The editing could have been a little better - some words were left out and others left in where they didn’t belong - but I had no trouble overlooking that - it’s not a deal breaker for me.
I give The Paladin 3 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (5-5-11)