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Black Water (Pendragon #5)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  19,550 Ratings  ·  373 Reviews
Just when fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler—to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane—he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. The only way Bobby can stop it is to bring the antidote from another territory. Since moving items be ...more
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Apr 03, 2009 Priya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-stars
It was interesting, but all the books in this series are starting to get really depressing. None of them have happy endings. And seriously, who wants to keep reading books that end unhappily?
Jun 28, 2009 Deidre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: time travel fans
Recommended to Deidre by: no one
Shelves: own, leisure
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Sep 19, 2009 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the ending of the last one, this had BETTER give us some answers. And it does, after awhile, but first we are re-introduced to everything that happens (Actually, this happens in every book. But he did it better this time, mixing it in so I didn't feel like I was re-reading the past books) The Quigs, as you read from the end of the last one, are humans here. Eeeew, canibals are frightening. And evil lizards trying to eat Bobby. Obviously there is a major food-chain thing going on here. -gul ...more
This is my least favorite book in the series so far. It moved too slowly, and for its length, it really felt like nothing was happening. It was only with the promise of things getting better (and my own stubbornness) that I finished this.

I did feel like MacHale did a good job weaving Saint Dane's "trap" without it being overly obvious. I mean, we knew something weird was happening with the flumes cracking every time Coutney and Mark used them, but I definitely didn't predict the ending happening
Ms. Patterson
In the fifth installment of the Pendragon series, Bobby is getting used to his role as Lead Traveler when his latest confrontation with Saint Dane leads him to Eelong. The "intelligent" race on Eelong are described as giant cats who can walk upright, as well as on all fours. Humans, known as Gars on Eelong, are relegated to the role of a pet/servant, sort of like dogs are used here. Bobby has to adjust to the different society as well as help foil Saint Dane's attempt to poison all the inhabitan ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Meghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying this series and while there is a formula to the series, each new book throws a twist at you to keep things interesting.

This one only got three stars from me because there was such a lack of communication between the characters it was frustrating. When I read a book I want the characters to try everything I have thought of and then solve the problems with something I haven't thought of.

A lot of this story surrounded Mark and Courtney. I was frustrated they didn't think to contact
Oct 21, 2010 Heaven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So, i'm just going to plunge again into the world of Pendragon with book #5 Black Water . Let's see how this one goes....

Here is the summary:

Just when fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler -- to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane -- he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. The only way Bobby can stop it is to bring the antidote from another territory
Donny Combs
Oct 28, 2011 Donny Combs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
D.J. MacHales Pendragon series is very thrilling and always has you on the edge of your seat. This series is about a group of chosen people who travel through time and space to different territories, which are basically other planets. They are in search of a man named Saint Dane who is trying destroy all the territories. The Pendragon series is a very well thoughtout series that will have you wanting more throughout the whole story. In the Pendragon series the main chatacter Bobby Pendegon is su ...more
Andrei Biswas
Oct 17, 2011 Andrei Biswas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pendragon Book 5: Black Water is of course, another action-packed story from the series of Pendragon. As good as always, no flaws. My recommendation to this book is that: READ IT!!!! If you're bored of reading Harry Potter, then it's time that you take the power of the Pendragon books in your hand. Start with any one of it, but you'll soon get the feeling. If you want action-packed scenes, heart-thumping cliffhangers, and fictional violence, get your copy of the Pendragon Book 5: Black Water tod ...more
May 25, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ya fantasy
In my opinion, it's one of the more interesting books in the series. The plot strays from the rest of the books (the rules are changing...dun dun duuuuun). But this gave the book a lot of nice twists to the story which make you want to keep reading. The plot thickens and the characters continue to develop, including Saint Dane, who is becoming more cunning and evil.

I have always been a fan of the books and this one in particular is a fave solely because of a few twists that you will have to rea
Ahmad Sharabiani
black water (Pendragon #5), D.J. MacHale
ساکنان ایلانگ در خطر نابودی با میکروبی ناشناخته هستند، او قوانین عدم تبادل اشیاء بین قلمروها را نقض میکند
I want to give this book a four because of the ending, but I have to judge the book as a whole and so I have to give it a three.

I just got off the phone with my fiance who introduced me to the series in the first place and he told me Black Water was his favorite out of the whole series because it was initially the first time Bobby Pendragon really becomes a Traveler. I would have to agree with that sentiment.

However, with that in mind I will say that this book (aside from the ending) just fell
Jan 31, 2012 Colorbomb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1/31/12 Book Review
Pendragon Book 5: Black Water

Pendragon, or rather the Pendragon series, is a series of science fiction books about a group of people who possess the ability to travel through time and space through the use of portals called, “Flumes”. This, In my opinion, was one of the stronger entries in the series, solely because of the unique setting. For me, a books setting and characters really sell a book. If it has characters that I can relate to, or a setting that
Jan 17, 2016 Tiffany marked it as to-read
I thought it was incredibly annoying. (Warning: Rant following.) It summarized way too much. I can understand stopping in book five to summarize books 1-4, but stopping every chapter to review what happened in the previous one?!? That's waaaaay too much. At points, it was as if the author had written the chapters decades apart and expected us to forget everything that had happened last chapter, so he could repeat it for us. At points, it even repeated information revealed a few sentances ago!! I ...more
Cortlyn Matney
Aug 12, 2012 Cortlyn Matney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By this point, readers have experienced similar yet foreign worlds, the past, a future done right, and a future going quickly down the drain. We're off to a new territory, with Bobby on his own again. We go to the jungle planet of Eelong, where there are dinosaur like creatures and a jungle like atmosphere. Then Bobby meets the quigs. And that's when you get the full scope of how mental this situation is becoming. The quigs are sharks, or bears, or even snakes. I think the only quig that comes c ...more
Adam Floyd
Nov 26, 2012 Adam Floyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing, the characters were great as well as the action and suspense. the fifth book in the pendragon series and probably the best one since the merchant of death. i especially like what he's done with this new world, the setting takes place in a jungle, a world filled with perilous dangers, extinct animals, vicious predators,and many other new things about the new territory. but its a really good read. and the abilities of bobby pendragon and the acolytes of his are completely ne ...more
Eric Townsend
Jan 09, 2013 Eric Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little backstory to catch you up if you’ve never read the series, which I highly recommend you do. The series is about Bobby Pendragon, who starting at 12 years old is thrust into being a traveler, someone who goes around different worlds, or territories, trying to protect them. His main nemesis is Saint Dane, who is far from being anything remotely saintlike, and his goal is to try and bring down all of the territories and with it the mysterious Halla, supposedly everything in all of the terr ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Maythavee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Black Water is the fifth installment in the Pendragon Adventure series and it did not disappoint! Since the Travelers lost the battle for Veelox, Saint Dane’s powers have grown stronger and this disrupts the balance of Halla. Saint Dane led us and the Travelers to believe that the rules have changed by bringing Cloral’s deadly poison to Eelong. The first and perhaps the most important rule of the Travelers that we were told right from the beginning was to never mix anything between territories. ...more
Heath Walker
Feb 27, 2013 Heath Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: D.J. MacHale
Genre: Fantasy
Background: A story about booby and his friends traveling to different places to fight and evil man.
On a planet called Eelong, Bobby discovers a society wherein humans do only menial work, dominated and even enslaved by biped felines called Klee.
The enslaved humans, called Gar by their oppressors, have begun a revolution called the Advent and are led by the almighty guardian who is mostly covered by a dark shadow, you can only see his distinct yellow eyes and f
Black Water was a very good book, certainly better than The Merchant Of Death - a lousy introduction to this great series - but it still didn’t meet my expectations of a Pendragon novel. The action all felt like MacHale was waiting to really dish it out in the final scene (which was well done, by the way). I enjoyed the territory of Eelong, which felt like a breath of fresh air, with interesting, if not a little cookie-cutter, characters. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say th ...more
Melissa Mahle
Oct 28, 2013 Melissa Mahle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
MacHale delivered another fun book in the series. I particularly like the setting and the idea of a superior race of cats. I laughed out loud tons of times over the cat humor. On the plot, the struggle against Saint Dane is getting worn...I am looking for the author to mix it up in the next book in the series...which of course I have already started. Again, this is a great series for boys and reluctant readers.
Halley Hopson
-- Reread 2016 --

This one was always one of my favorites because it has almost all of the characters in one place at one point which has never happened before now. I also just absolutely adore the territory of Eelong and the way it is described; and especially the fact that the main beings are giant predator cat-people. Just fantastic.

Black Water is definitely a huge turning point for the series in the way that it ends, which I will not get into for fear of spoilers. But this is the last of the
Matthew Quezergue
On the heels of Saint Dane winning his first territory, Bobby Pendragon travels to Eelong to stop the demon, rescue fellow traveler Gunny van Dyke and save Halla (everything that ever existed). After exiting the flume, he finds a world in which the dominant life forms are big cats, Kleees, and humans, Gars, are their slaves. While there, Bobby has to convince Kasha that she is the traveler from Eelong and prevent a civil war between the Klees and Gars. But he pushed to the limit by Saint Dane wh ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Kailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this exciting, fast-paced book, Bobby Pendragon is once again fighting against the evil Saint Dane, this time in the jungle territory of Eelong. Bobby is half-killed, nearly eaten by wild animals, thrown into jail, starved, beaten up, and nearly poisoned, so you know.... just a normal day for him.

This book, like all the others in this series, had me on the edge of my seat, clutching the book with white knuckles. The action just keeps coming, and the mystery unravels little by little. Just wh
Jun 14, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Katelyn
Official Rating: 3.5 stars

This is one book I definitely had a love/hate relationship.

On the one hand, the story itself was a lot more compelling and intriguing than the first four books in the series. Because we get out of the wash-rinse-repeat plot cycle that we had in books 1-3 at the end of book 4, there's a lot more "what if" that kind of goes down in this fifth book. On top of that, the territory Bobby winds up on this time around is so vastly different from anything else he's experienced b
Rebeka Jackson
a little longer than the other books so far in the series but it still worked of course. I always wondered how in every territory there was humans in charge but I'm still not sure why in Eegon there was cats in charge - though I think an explanation was breifly hinted at in the middle of the book. Its a book that I would LOVE to see as a film because whilst, as always with MacHale's writing, I could picture the whole cat talking and humans as the inferior species, I still would love to actually ...more
Britney Hill
Sep 11, 2016 Britney Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this was a very good book. It will get extra points for originality, because this is a topic that has not been explored in depth by many authors. This book explores the concept of Travelers and territories on a much deeper level. Also, the book does a great job introducing Kasha, and showcasing her more arrogant, stubborn attitude. This book enables one to react to the points in the story in a more meaningful way. And finally, the book shows Saint Dane's uncanny skill at manipulation by ...more
I like this one the most out of all
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D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving sports trophies and washing dishes in a between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended N
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Other Books in the Series

Pendragon (10 books)
  • The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1)
  • The Lost City of Faar (Pendragon, #2)
  • The Never War (Pendragon, #3)
  • The Reality Bug (Pendragon, #4)
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“Kasha didn't say a word as we ate. She sat with her back to us, staring at a mountain range far in the distance. Yorn and I made small talk about the birds, but my mind was on Kasha, wondering what she was thinking. She was the Traveler from Eelong. We needed her. Eelong needed her. Heck, Halla needed her. I wished I knew how to convince her of that. When she finally did speak, I was surprised at her question.
"How many territories are there?" she asked.
"Ten in all," I said. "At least that's what I've been told. They're all part of Halla."
"Explain to me what halla is," she said. It was an order more than a question. I didn't know why she suddenly had this interest, but if she was willing to listen, I was ready to talk.
"The way it was told to me, Halla is everything. Every time, every place, every person and creature that ever existed. It all still exists."
"And you understand that?" she asked.
"Well, not entirely," I answered honestly.
"But you're willing to risk your life and the lives of those around you to protect Halla from Saint Dane?"
Good question. I'd asked myself the same question more than once.
"I wasn't at first," I began. "Far from it. I didn't want any part of Travelers or flumes and especially of Saint Dane. But since then I've been to a bunch of territories and seen the evil he's capable of."
Kasha scoffed and said,"Evil? You're a fool, Pendragon. A tang is evil. What possible evil could a gar cause that's worse than that?"
"I'll tell you," I said. "He's killed more people than I want to count, all in the name of creating chaos. He fueled a war on Denduron and tried to poison all of Cloral. Then he nearly crushed three territories at once, my home territories of Earth. But each time the Travelers stopped him. Until Veelox. We failed on Veelox. An entire civilization is going to collapse, millions will die, all because we failed. And Saint Dane wil be there to pick up the pieces. Or step on them."
"It's all mildly interesting," she said calmly. "But like I said before, it has nothing to do with me. I don't care."
That's when I snapped. Okay, I admit, maybe I should have been cool, but Kasha's total lack of concern had finally gotten to me. I jumped to my feet and said, "Well, you'd better start!"
"It's all right, Pendragon," Yorn said calmly. "Relax."
"Relax?" I shouted, getting more amped up by the second. "Why? So I won't upset Kasha? She should be upset. People have died fighting Saint Dane. People I've loved, people she's loved." I looked right at Kasha and said, "You don't care? I'll tell you what I don't care about. I don't care that your life is a mess. Sorry, it's true. You've got way bigger problems coming, kitty cat. You want to pretend like none of this affects you? Fine. You're wrong. If we fail, Eelong will crumble and everything you care about will crash along with it. And whether you like it or not, you're a Traveler. So why don't you just grow up and accept it!”
“That Loor's a handful, she is." - Spader (Black Water)” 23 likes
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