The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1)
However, fans of this book/series can keep their dander down as this is not going to turn rant as I have no reason or desire to bash this tale. My angries were not provoked. The writing is fine, the main character is fairly engaging, there’s a decent back-story and nicely drawn diabolical villain.
My less than lofty rating is more a recognition that this sub-genre of light, YA, com...more
I give this a 3 star rating as it has moments of..."humm, that was interesting". It's a pretty good idea though executed with some odd logic holes and for a very young audience.
I've noted before that "YA" books can be m...more
This book really cannot be denied. D.J. MacHale, who has created many other favorites for Y.A. has now beautifully written a creative and entertaining book. The story is of youbg Bobby Pendragon, a life of a normal 14 year old, which takes a dramatic turn as he is introduced to a universe that is all so unreal; yet completely in danger. His Uncle Press, who interrupts his great life at th...more
The Merchant of Death is the story of Bobby Pendragon, a normal fourteen year old boy who is going to save the world... yeah, nothing out of the ordinary so far I know, your basic fantasy story... Bobby doesn't know it until his Uncle Press takes him through the gates of an alternative world called Denduron, preventing Bobby from attending a basketball game... the basketball game and a certain Courtney Chedwynde are pretty much all that are on Bobby's mind.
Imagine his surprise when he learns th...more
This was highly recommended to me by a friend and YES I TRUST THAT FRIEND AND HER OPINIONS VERY MUCH. YEAH DALENA I'M TALKING ABOUT YOU LOL. Yes, I was totally satisfied. Dalena here said that this book wasn't as good as the other books in this series, and that's a pretty awesome fact to take in because this book was good already on its own.
Bobby Pendragon is fourteen years old, the same age I am. However, the cover dude doesn't look it. The co...more
The Merchant of Death, the first book in the Pendragon series, made hardly any sense--I can't wait to read the rest of them. My friend has pestered me like crazy to get me into this book. And so, obviously, when I went to get books for my trip to Mexico, Pendragon was pretty high on my list. At first I didn't really want to read it, so I read a bunch of different books, including a very good vampire bo...more
One thing that made me enjoy this book was that this book’s cover was kind of cool looking. The cover had a boy in a tunnel with a light shining through the door. Another reason I liked this book was because the personalities of the characters were defined they each had a different one. Like how Loor thinks bobby is unworthy to be a Trave...more
As you can probably tell, I am only puting the first book of all of my series down. I am not saying the first is the best, but I am saying if you are reading the series, this is the one to start with.
The book was great, I mean you get so hooked on it, on the series. I mena this boy, Bobby Pendragon, gets whisked off on an adventure that he is reluctant to...more
First thought about the book.... good pasttime in class. Second.... maybe it's okay. Towards the middle..... WHY CAN'T I PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!! This was simply an amazing book, worthy of Harry Potter or Narnia status. Yep. It's that good. By now I've just finished the ninth book, Raven Rise, which was a mysterious, cliffhanger as well, a wonderful...more
It was definitely a young adult novel. I can't appraise it from a young adult perspective though, so as an actual adult(?) it was a series of monumental eye rolls. Every nuance was spelled out for the reader in the same sentence in which it appeared. I assume that's a common occurrence for young adult novels, because they...more
By: Anthony Cornelius
A book is a journey; cliche, yes, but absolutely true. Books are so captivating even if the words on the page may not play a tune, per se, that fits to your liking. I find myself almost always diving head first into book be it good or bad. For Pendragon, it was an in between for me. A story line fit for a thrilling novel, but just fixating on all the wrong things, drawing out a childish tone.
Bobby Pendragon was your average run-of-the-mill kid who had perfect family...more
I did not like the first book the first time through, but I liked it a lot more this time. Bobby is a good, realistic main character. He ca...more
I just now finished D.J. MacHale's The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1).(view spoiler)[I found this book (even though I am rereading it) to be just slapstick funny. Well, not as much as it is just action-y and interesting. But still, it is pretty darn funny. The main plot is that Bobby Pendragon, an eighth grader who lived a cool life in Connecticut until now, well, starts not to live as coolly. The first clue was when his uncle(somewhat embarrassingly) intruded upon him and suggested that he go...more
I liked the journal setup of the story, although I doubt a 14-year-old boy could actually write super detailed journals like the ones in the book. I know I can't, and I'm 18. For the most part, I liked the plot. It was gripping enough to make...more
First, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not a tween and the only reason I read this book is that it was free on the Kindle. Further, even though YA fiction is not something I typically read, I did very much enjoy the Potter books, the Narnia books, the Iron Cauldron books, etc. as an adult. In other words, I am able to appreciate a well-crafted novel targeted at a younger audience, but Death Merchant is a puff piece no matter who is readi...more
Bobby Pendragon is a normal middle-school kid and life is good. He’s the most valuable player on the basketball team and he’s just found out that Courtney, the girl he’s had a crush on for years, has a crush on him, too! Life could not be better... until Uncle Press arrives while Bobby is kissing Courtney and drags Bobby away to a medieval world where some oppressed people need Bobby’s help. For Bobby has special powers and: A Destiny! When Bobby disappears, Courtney...more
The book “Pendragon: The Merchant of Death”, by Suzanne Collins, is very interesting. It is set in the regular world, in present times close to New York City. The book is about “Travelers”, who are people that can cross through space and time to different “territories”, which is basically an alternate reality.
Bobby Pendragon was having a great life, and everything seemed to be going so well. He was a popular kid at school with a wonderful best friend and a great place on the high school basketba...more
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 steakhouse...in between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended N...more