The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1)
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The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  26,364 ratings  ·  1,380 reviews
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 t...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 23rd 2002 by Aladdin (first published 2002)
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Not even something as terrifyingly cuddly as a trio of skydiving "ninja" cats could have won me over to this story.
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
Ariana Deralte
I wanted to enjoy this book because then I'd have several more good books to read after this one, but I was ultimately disappointed. I found the first person, diary pov grating and impossible to get into. The writing also came off as either uninspired or overly wordy when MacHale realized he needed a bit more exposition. Though actually, it was a lot of exposition since everything kept being repeated several times. On top of that, a lot of things happened in the plot just for the sake of the plo...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Bobby Pendragon is a traveler. Frankly I think if I had a name like "Pendragon" by the time I was a young teen I'd have looked it up and cool. But apparently being a typical 21st century "youth" our hero doesn't really care about much outside of school sports of course.

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
The beginning book that hooked me on its fast paced, plot twisting, and at times adrenaline pumping series.

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
A friend suggested I read this, so I did. He clarified that this Pendragon series was close to his heart during his early teens, but he thought I might like it now. As an adult.

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
Jun 09, 2008 Martinibeerman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, teens and adults
Recommended to Martinibeerman by: Bryant
I just finished reading the first book in this series and I am excited to have 7 more to plough through! I realize that few can come close to the genius of J.K Rowling, but I had hoped that this series would. While I am thoroughly enjoying reading them (I just started the second book,) the set-up is far too obvious. I appreciate when an author tries to take the format of a book into a direction that has not been done before, but with the journal format of the book, I feel like he is constantly t...more
The Pendragon Series is my favorite book series of all time, probably because it's one of the first book series I've read, it's extremely long which I love in books, and also I've read it over a couple of years. I started reading in 6th grade and finally finished the last book in 9th grade. I FREAKING LOVE THIS SERIES! I recommend it to everyone! The characters are so lovable and you become really attachted to them. The relationships made between them are wonderful and the action and suspense ju...more
Before I review this book, you have to understand something: this book DEFINED my later elementary school years. Before this book, I had been mildly into reading (mostly mysteries), but this was the first book that I ever remember loving. I was obsessed with the series.

I still own copies of all the books, and I re-read them from time to time. I can still appreciate them, if I don't LOVE them the way I used to. The writing is good, the characters are fleshed out pretty well, and it's well-plotted...more
I really wanted to like this book. I am a big fan of young adult fantasy fiction and I was looking forward to a new series to get lost in... In an effort to connect with the "kids" of today, the dialogue is wordy, cheesy and too focused on surface observations. It needs a filter. The story had some interesting components but I couldn't get past the back and forth style between the journal entries of the main character, Bobby Pendragon, and the reactions of his friends, Mark and Courtney. Repetit...more
Within the first two chapters, there is a description of the main character's first open mouth kiss, a swear word, and talk of "making out". I don't like YA books that ask the YA to grow up too fast. I may have pushed through the book if the plot had been remotely original, but it wasn't (ordinary boy sucked into a wormhole to rescue a planet that's being dominated by an evil warlord). If this is your type of genre, go read "A Wrinkle in Time", "The Book of Three" or "The Dark is Rising". They a...more
Guinevere Thomas
This book was a fun read. While I couldnt put it down, it...had it's faults. "The Merchant of Death" focused on a 14 year old boy named Bobby Pendragon. The novel follows his journey upon finding out he is a "Traveler" or a person who can travel to different territories, aka alternative dimensions. The aspect of the traveler concept was really interesting. I wiki'ed it before I read it and it was dangerously confusing. But once you read everything it's slowed down much simpler to understand. The...more
The homeless guy jumped and got hit by a train. In the “Merchant Of Death” by D.J. McHale there were many different things that kept me interested in the book.

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
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
I know I read this book a long, long time ago. But due to the growing success of the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins (Can you guess why?). I would like to write something about this book series.

If you like Gregor the Overlander, or maybe even Percy Jackson and the Olympians, please take some time to read this book. The writing style is similar and somehow, all 3 main characters: Bobby, Gregor and Percy have parallel experiences. I shall stop talking here because I hate reading lo...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
There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed and applauded the author for. I thought the concept was pretty original (a universe where time and place aren't as linear as we understand it to be, and where action in one world and time can effect the rest). And I was pleased that MacHale took the "reluctant hero" and really ran with it, allowing Bobby to openly admit his fear, sadness, and lack of heroic selflessness. I also thought MacHale did a great job jumping between two settings, and w...more
Well, this book was an interesting enough read that I finished it, but I doubt I'll be checking out any more in the series. Not a bad story, but parts of it felt very cliched and I was a little annoyed by the tone - it seemed to be trying too hard to be cool and current (for teens). Other than that there wasn't really anything wrong with it, it just wasn't as compelling as some of the other great young adult fantasy series that are out there.
awful! it was way too long for such a dull book. the writing is so freaking annoying! two biggest problems: 1. oh, i'm going to string this out and set this up for three pages, even though you know by the second sentence what i'm talking about, because not naming it builds the suspense better. please. on several occasions he withheld information that was so obvious to me way before he said it outright. and really, no way would he talk to his friends like that, tiptoeing around everything you thi...more
I enjoy the Pendragon books. While I initially scorned McHale's direct narrative approach, complete with slang and wild modern comparisons, now I believe it is an amusing and engaging method that completes the series. This book is not my favorite in the series, but McHale does a great job keeping suspense from the beginning to the end. Characters are fun, if predictable and constant, but later in the series McHale does a commendable job of developing and maturing Bobby Pendragon, Courtney Chetwi...more
Julie Bennett
Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon has always thought that he had a normal life. He has a great family, great friends, was lucky enough to have kissed the most perfect girl, has a perfect dog, Marley, and has a super-cool Uncle. But there's something that Bobby never knew about himself, and is about to find out. He's destined to save the world. No, not in ten years from now, but at this very instant. And no, not on this Earth, because life on this Earth is different than Bobby ever thought it cou...more
Sean Randall
I'm starting to wonder how I was able to read books without Michael's aid - for yet another recommendation from him propels me headlong into this series.

In tone reminding me of Darren Shan, Diane Duane and perhaps even Trudi Canavan, this seems to be the start of quite an interesting collection. I'm in need of one, having finished Rick Shelley's DMC series a short while ago.

This book is a fairly typical adventure story with the person-in-a-new-world motif, but as there are a whopping 9 more to g...more
Paul (formerly known as Current)
Problems with this book:

a) An amazing quality of lameness in the naming of people and things throughout the story. The whole of the Greek and Latin lexicon available and one gets things like: flume and Saint Dane?
b) Product placement throughout the text--for example, a Milky Way candy bar makes a highlighted appearance but does not seem to actually help the storyline. I am somewhat shocked more of the action does not take place at Pizza Hut.
c) The contrivance of scrolls written by Bobby in orde...more
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit.

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
Prave som docital posledne riadky sneak peaku z druheho dielu, uf.
Na tuto knihu som narazil uplne nahodou, ale je uplne perfektna.
Je to 376 stran nabitych akciou. Poslednych 200 stran bola jedna nebezpecna jazda husenkovou drahou.
Bobby Pendragon je obycajny 14-rocny chalan, ktory hraje basketbal a akurat pobozka dievca svojich snov Courtney. Zrazu sa vsak zjavi jeho stryko, ktory ho doslova unesie na opustenu stanicu metra v New Yorku, odkial cez nejaky portal a nasledne "flumes" dostane na p...more
Apr 22, 2009 Mary added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy adventures
Recommended to Mary by: My really good friend from school
Goodreads is being annoying today (it may just be my computer) so I'll try and make this quick:

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
Sher A. Hart
I had a hard time getting into a story presented as a first-person POV of a teenage boy far wordier than any teenage boy I've ever known. I've taught enough boys in church and Boy Scouts to know this writing does not represent a normal teen. Even the ADD boys don't talk that much. Give the talkiest teenage boy a pen and ask him to write a journal? One page, maximum, per day, if you take away his game controller.

I kept reading to see what my youngest teenage son saw in the book even though I wan...more
Strange plot device is this book's biggest problem

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
Matt Wilson
When I first picked this book off my English Teacher's shelf when I didn't have anything to do . . . well, I didn't quite know what I was getting into.
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
When coming across this book I wasn't sure what genre this was. It has a different world but it wasn't a fantasy world. It was a different dimension in a different time so I labeled it a sci-fi.

Ok, bad intro. So what did I think of it? Honestly, it didn't disappoint.

The plot is clichéd and a bit predictable at times but it is well-paced and the adventures in this sci-fi are very investing and very entertaining. At least for me they were. There are many questions that rise up but little by littl...more
I have to admit, this whole story was pretty good.

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
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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...more
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