The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1)

 
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The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1)
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10+
Release Date
September 23, 2002
ISBN
0743437314
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Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world.

And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning....

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A Great Start to a Great Series!
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Reader reviewed by Arianna

Poor Bobby Pendragon. He didn't know what he was about to get into, with all the quigs, St. Dane, and other baddies that are trying to destroy all of Halla, he just wants to live a normal teenage life. Until his Uncle comes in a suprise visit, and whisks him away in his first adventure that creates the Pendragon book series. This was a great book, and really kicked off the series well. It gave enough background information on who the main characters were before the action really started to get higher up, and the switched points of view from Bobby to Courtney and Mark were really great on telling the sides of the story on the big change in their lives. I didn't like the whole "journal" idea at first (just because I didn't like the type-font....), but as I started reading it, it really helped to piece together a couple of things that were going on in their world and Bobby's (plus, later on in the series, the events going on where Mark and Courtney are at become very important...). Overall, great job on the first book (always important to gain interest in the series), and I'm glad I found it and read it, along with all the other books in the Pendragon series.
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A Very Boring Book
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Reader reviewed by Allison Perlycc14

The book Pendragon: The Merchant of Death was an ok book. I myself did not espeically care for it. It was too boring for me. It was just a very long book, and the fact that it was boring made the book seem so much longer. I admit that at some points in the book it got fairly interesting, but most of the time it was a very tedious book! I would not recomend this book to people. The only people I would consider to recomend this book to would be people who enjoy science fiction. I am gonna warn you though: even though you may like science fiction you may still not like the book, because it is very long, and very boring. I give this book an F-. Or in other words a failing grade!
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The Beginning of An Adventure
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Reader reviewed by Quint

This book took me about 4-5 days to read. When I really love a book, I can read non-stop and finish in 1 day. This book was quite exciting at the start, but I was always left just as confused as the character (speaking in first person).

I was looking for a series, and this was a pretty long series, so I decided to give it a try. I was excited as Bobby slowly learned he was a Traveler, but the plot wasn't as exciting.

I loved how DJ Machale always switched from Bobby's journal pages to Mark + Courtney's lives and how having his journals affected them, but sometimes, I felt really bad, because I wanted to keep on reading what happened to one of them, but then I remember it's exciting in the next few pages!

Overall, this book was exceptional, with quite a few boring parts. I would, however, recommend this book to anyone, along with the other Pendragon books.
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Enchanting
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Reader reviewed by Jax

Absolutely captivating.

Pendragon tells the story of a fourteen year old boy who is whisked away by his uncle with a claim that he has to save all of Halla, which is greater and larger than our universe.

What?

I can't tell you much about the magic behind McHale's masterpiece, but reading it will hold anyone who still has a vivid imagination captivated. With lots of action, whit, humor, and even romance, you'll be begging to go back to the store to buy the rest of the series.
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A book to read to pass time
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Reader reviewed by Sinera

It isnt that bad but it isnt really good either. I'd recommend it to someone who doesn't really have anything better to do. It's really doesnt draw you in. You have to try to finish it (or at least I did).

It's about a high school boy who finally gets everything he could ever want and then has everything taken away from him within a couple of seconds. He goes to different worlds and times (known as Halla) to save them from being destroyed while Saint Dane tries to destroy everything. In this book he goes to the world of Denduron and reluctantly starts his life as a Traveller (someone who travels between the worlds).
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Pendragon won't be seeing his mom for a while...
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Reader reviewed by hayat

Bobby Pendragon. Weird name, huh? That's a strange name but it isn't half as crazy as the story he's sucked into. I mean literaly sucked. Now let me start from the begining and review this starter novel, but let me tell ya your in for one heck of a ride.

Bobby Pendragon has an uncle. No biggie right, everybody seems to have one. No I'm talking "uncle",don't worry if you don't get it you'll have to soon enough, anyways Pendragon's Uncle Press has always been the coolest relative, I mean cool. He's taken Bobby from scuba diving to diving from the sky! Plus he always travels in style, BMW's, motor bikes, and way more! The thing is he's never asked anything from Bobby on all those trips and he never seemed to want anything back after all those cool gifts, wayy cool, right?

So as the happy years go on Bobby turns 14 and he's on top of popularity and everything is going perfectly right! He's an Einstien at sports, has this great huge house, family, and even a dog named Marley. What more could you want? Sorry I guess for Bobby it would actually be what more could you get? Well believe it or not he gets more! On the day of his basketball championship game Courtney Chetwynd rings his bell. Now Courtney is like the girl Bobby. She's popular, great at sports and has her own lead game. Vollyball. Then just before the game of his life Courtney admits her crush on Bobby and they kiss! I know perfect right? Well it probably was before Uncle Press came up from no where and as soon as Courtney leaves Uncle Press whisks Bobby away from his great second earth life.

After that nothing is ever the same for Bobby Pendragon. His adventures are great and terrifying. He's always thrust into death defying danger and come out petrified and just as us fantasy lovers like to see he's always thrown back into another terrifying combat with Saint Dane (Pff some saint). Anyhow it's a story you'd better read unless you'd like to meet our saint unprepared.

So Sya nara and eat this book up fellow bookworms!
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Not for me...
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Reader reviewed by carmen

Now, I'm not trying to put down the book down or anything, it was okay. I could tell it was well written and all that but I guess after reading Harry Potter and the Inheritance Trilogy and all that it just seemed kind of dull. But I still might recomend it to some people, it was full of action and adventure and all that. You decide, but it's not for me.

Carmen
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The protagonist and antagonist are the most realistic I've seen in a book
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Reader reviewed by Jace

This is a book about a 14 year old boy named Bobby Pedragon who gets whisked away from his carefree life as a teenager whose only concerns were sports and school and starts his life as a travel whose concerns are now trying to stay alive long enough to get back home. The author realy knew what he was doing when creating this book. Bobby is just like a teenager in every sense and doesnt see himself as a hero as the people around him say. he just wants to get home and is having one hell of a tough time doing it. His reactions to what happens around him are completly believable from getting shot at to witnessing gruesome deaths. Now, on to the antagonist. His name is Saint Dane (notice how the name sounds like Satan) and he is twisted. He's a traveler, like Bobby, but he doesnt want to help any of the territorys. he just wants to make them all crumble. But he does this with style. He doesnt go to each territory and try to kill everyone, he can take any form of human or animal and tries to influenc others to do his dirty work. Very intelligent and cunning, he is definently the best antagonist I've ever read or seen. I definently recommend this book for anyone who is into action, adventure, and a good sense of humor.
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I think its great but....
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Reader reviewed by Meghan

Ok, I love the book and I can't wait to pick up the next one but i am still a big fan of Harry Potter and the Bartimaeus Trilogy.

In the very begining of the books there is a section that has a bunch of reviews and one of them from Voice of Youth Advocates on book 2 that says these books will not only keep readers busy but also keep them content until the next Harry Potter comes out and I more then agree.
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It's okay I guess
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Reader reviewed by Justine

I really don't know why people make such a big deal out of this series. I didn't really like it and had a hard time finishing it. I usually like fantasy books, but this was just really boring.
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