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Black Water (Pendragon #5)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  17,976 ratings  ·  360 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. Sin
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published (first published August 1st 2004)
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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
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?
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
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
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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
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
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
Corrin Bulmer
This book was so heart wrenching. The whole time I knew that what they were doing was going to get them into so much trouble but I just couldn't see another way to do it. This author is amazing. These books are written so well. They make you face moral delemas and the just confuse you in some parts because you just don't know what you would do in those situations. The ending to this one was really OMG!! I can't believe he killed her, it was really shocking, the characters are so relate able and ...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
"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
In this book 15 year old Bobby thinks he knows everything on how to be a Traveler and to protect the territories of Halla from the evil person Saint Dane. Eelong is in danger of being dead from a mysterious plague. So the only way to help the inhabitants of Eelong is to get an antidote. Bobby has to get a antidote from the other territory. And moving items between territories is not allowed by the Traveler rules, if Bobby chooses to save his friends he could get himself killed.

I picked up this b
Amrit Arora
In this the fifth book in the Pendagon series Bobby flumes to Eelong a strange territory that is ruled by intelligent cat-like creatures called Klees that live on trees. The Klees have slaves called Gars who are humans with seemingly poor intelligence. The Klees treat the Gars very badly. Saint Dane is on Eelong trying to launch a genocide over there. By banishing an old edict he is allowing the Klees to eat Gars. Moreover a mysterious plague like illness is spreading in Eelong, the antidote for ...more
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
again...very impressed.

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Fantasy Literature
In Black Water, the fifth book in D.J. MacHale’s PENDRAGON series, the rules seem to be changing. All the things we thought we knew about how the flumes, the territories, the Travelers, and the acolytes work are different. Saint Dane, the villain, has brought that deadly poison he used on Cloral (in The Lost City of Faar) through the flume to use in the beautiful but dangerous territory of Eelong. Bobby Pendragon figures that if Saint Dane has broken the rules, so can he. And so do his friends M ...more
Matthew Hall
This book continues the story of Bobby Pendragon on his journey to save Halla (Halla is everything, every dimension, pretty much everything.) Going to the world of Eelong where jungle cats are the superior species. And humans are treated like cats in a zoo. All the humans in that territory are called gars and they are treated like animals. Although the people or cats I should say don't know that there is a horrible plague about to kill everyone in that territory. That is unless Bobby is able to ...more
I love this series. The first two books began slowly, but from 3 on, it is amazing. So Bobby's on Eelong. This is the first territory where there are no humans in charge. Instead, the territory is run by giant, intelligent cats, and they keep humans, called "gars", as slaves and pets. Saint Dane's trying, as usual, to push the territory into chaos. What I really like about this book is that things are starting to get dark. Veelox has fallen, and the Travelers are starting to realize that they ar ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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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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“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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