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The Paladin Prophecy What's Up With the Ending?

By Mark Frost

What's Up With the Ending?

Manifest Destiny

The end of The Paladin Prophecy is like a season finale from the TV show Lost. There are way more questions raised than answered.

As the plot zooms to a close, the teens continue to manifest special powers. Will realizes he can run on snow. Elise can scream super loud. And Brooke's special power is to be useless and need rescuing. Just kidding. She just hasn't found her superpowers yet.

Will remembers one of his dad's rules, which is that there are no coincidences. He realizes that all of his roommates are only kids. They were all born the same year. And they're all starting to get weird powers. Therefore, they must be part of the mysterious Paladin Prophecy (see our "What's Up with the Title?" section), but we don't know what the end-goal of said prophecy is yet.

The main goal in this book is to defeat Lyle, which seems to be pretty small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. But Will does it. Actually, that's giving Will too much credit. Lyle defeats himself, bringing in a monster he can't control, which is the fantasy version of writing a check that his butt can't cash. Lyle's second-in-command, Todd, escapes to fight again another day. We need someone to take down in the sequel.

The biggest revelation, however, comes on the book's final page. Savvy readers may have already deciphered that the "H. G." on Dad's medical bag means "Hugh Greenwood," but Will only realizes it at the very end. His Dad isn't Jordan West. His name is Hugh Greenwood—which means he has close ties to the Center and therefore, to the Paladin Prophecy itself.

How does it all tie together? These ends are looser than a cheap sweater from Old Navy, so we'll have to wait for the next installment to see how it all comes together.