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Black Water (Pendragon #5)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  15,778 ratings  ·  332 reviews
Breaking the rules

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 territor

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Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published (first published August 1st 2004)
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Priya
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?
Adam Floyd
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
Stephanie
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...more
Heaven
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Trisha
The fifth book in the Pendragon series, Black Water strays from the first four in one way which to me is very intriguing. Much like the past books, the central conflict revolves around two tribes of people, but on Black Water, the controlling group are human-sized, intelligent cats and the oppressed population are seemingly unintelligent mute humans. Fascinating.

Obviously, the conflict involves the human slaves rising up against their cat masters, but it is not that simple. The humans are not tr...more
Cortlyn Matney
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
Christina
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
Andrei Biswas
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
Melissa Mahle
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.
Ámbar Torres
This was a slower plot, but I really liked how it ended. MacHale really out did himself with the character development. At the end, it came to the point where I wanted to hit Courtney. She had read about why Spader got sent off to his home territory and, still, she was being so stubborn and selfish. Saint Dane has become a lot more unpredictable than in the first books. However, it felt like this book did not have a real ending, since I still think there is a lot more to what happened at the end...more
Carsen
"Blackwater" by DJ MacHale, another book in the Pendragon series, took a dangerous jungle world and put in a huge twist: there are large, sentient jungle cats as the intelligent life form in the territory, and humans are no more than slaves. This reversal in roles added an extra dynamic to the story that forced Bobby Pendragon to go outside of his comfort zone - far, far outside - while he searched for Saint Dane.
I felt this book was yet another great installment in the series, adding in extra t...more
Thomas
The fifth book in the pendragon series was very enjoyable. It was filled with suspense and was very enjoyable. I really enjoyed reading about Bobby Pendragon has he continues to move through his journeys. I enjoy these books because as Bobby moves along you begin to see the character development and emotion that he goes through. The plot of this series is a little confusing and at times a bit corny and dull, but then again, almost every book has its dull moments. However, I found myself constant...more
Rebecca
Ah, book number five. Bobby is definitely running into one bad situation after another. MacHale left us hanging at the end of The Never War, so I was definitely interested to see how this book would open. The reader is quickly sucked into a strange new world that is completely unlike anything our young Traveler has seen until now.
The drama unfolds as we realize Bobby is fighting for the future of TWO races on Eelong - and Halla hangs in the balance.
Sean Tay
Why I decided to read this book:I saw this book on a few of the lists of recommended fantasy books to try out. So I decided to give it a shot.

This book fits the 'sci-fi/fantasy book' category on my bingo board. It was among one of the best fantasy series I've read so far.

My favourite quote from this book is:'He took one last look at the sky to see the thick clouds were still covering the sunbelt. But he also saw something new... the trailing edge of the large,dark cloud. Behind it was clear blue...more
Aparajitabasu
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....more
Cynthia
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...more
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
The Cheap Reader
This book steps up its game in several ways which is keeping me glued to the series. The first way is the territory. MacHale has done a good job of creating interesting territories. The last four have all been pretty unique and different. This last one really shocked me because I never saw it coming. Eelong is a territory filled with Klee (giant intelligent cats). That’s kind of awesome to imagine. The biggest shock? Humans are basically animals here. They’re kept for menial labor and occasional...more
Deidre
Jun 28, 2009 Deidre rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: time travel fans
Recommended to Deidre by: no one
Shelves: own, leisure
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Amy
May 25, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Cammerel Dixon
Feb 04, 2012 Cammerel Dixon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERY PERSON EVER
Recommended to Cammerel by: Will-bro
Shelves: pendragon
This is one of the best Pendragon books. The very Planet-of-the-Apes-esque idea completely got me in a good way, quick.
I loved the idea of seeing Pendragon struggle with this, he's such a powerful character with strong opionins and strong self-respect. He isn't one to just be shoved around, so seeing him struggle with the idea, and stand up to this was just awesome.
Book 5 was one that had me literally clawing at my desk while listening to. My nerves were completely throttled. Once again, I won't...more
Jordan
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
Victoria
This series is amazing in that you feel so much like you're living the book...as everything begins to change and get more serious, you feel it.

Saint Dane is changing the rules. After toppling Veelox, the dark demon heads to Eelong, a world unlike anything Bobby could have prepared for. In this massive, jungle-like territory, the dominant species are intelligent predator cats that walk and talk and call themselves the klees. And on Eelong, they keep humans as pets.

But the food source on Eelong is...more
Tania
MacHale once again caught his readers off guard with this territory and the characters within it. I absolutely adore the reality behind Pendragon becoming increasingly depressed and unhappy with his situation, because in actuality, who wouldn't find their mental state slipping with the ominous Saint Dane weaving his lies and deceit through the territories?
However, I am getting bored with the powerful female characters. They each have similar personality traits, and it's starting to bore the day...more
Maythavee
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
Chase
When Bobby Pendragon gets a message from his fellow traveler Gunny, he blasts through time and space to Eelong, a jungle territory that is ruled by giant cats called “klees”. When the food stores begin to run low and disease spreads through the crops Bobby must fins a way to stop the repealing of edict 23: the law that prohibits eating people.
Meanwhile, on 2nd Earth, Bobby’s friends Mark and Courtney find a contaminated klee at the entrance to the flume. Sampling the poison, they take it to th...more
Heath Walker
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...more
Eric Townsend
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
Colorbomb
Joseph
Schiedemandel
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...more
Donny Combs
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
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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 steakhouse...in between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended N...more
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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!”
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