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The Rivers of Zadaa (Pendragon #6)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  16,263 ratings  ·  250 reviews
THE BATTLE CONTINUES.The struggle of good versus evil continues as Bobby Pendragon follows Saint Dane to the territory of Zadaa. Saint Dane's influence has fueled the fire of discontent between two warring tribes: the Rokador and the Batu. This is also the territory where the Traveler Loor lives as a member of the Batu. Together she and Bobby must work to thwart Saint Dane...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Perfection Learning (first published January 1st 2005)
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Spiderman! (Simon)

Bobby Pendragon's pursuit of the evil Saint Dane leads him into the dangerous territory of Zadaa, which is locked in a civil war between two rival tribes.
This story takes place mainly on a territory called Zadaa. There will be two main tribes here: The Rokador and the Batu. The Rokador live in tunnels underground and are fair-skinned, while the Batu are dark-skinned and live in a sunbathed city called Xhaxhu in the desert. For years, the Rokador have relied on the Batu to protect them from othe...more
Drew Pannier
This is a great book I have to say. What I loved about it is how intense it gets at parts. Some parts its really mellow. I love the way the author presents the feelings between Bobby and Loor. You know something is going to spark their relationship, but you don't know what or when.

My favorite part of this book is when Bobby wants to learn to train to defend himself. I love the way Alder (a traveler from a different territory), Loor, and Loor's actolyte smack Bobby around. He has to earn his f...more
Juan Valera
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Coming from the cat-world of Eelong in "Blackwater," "The Rivers of Zadaa" by DJ MacHale goes back to the familiarity of humans. The story goes back to Zadaa, the home territory of the Traveler Loor. After a chapter or two in previous books being set in Zadaa, it now has a full-blown conflict brewing. The two tribes of the territory, the desert tribe of the Batu and the underground-dwelling Rokador, are competing for water in a never-ending drought. Due to being the ones controlling the undergro...more
In this sixth Pendragon installment, the reader encounters another kick-butt female lead in Loor. We loved Aja in The Reality Bug, and root for Courtney, Mark and Bobby to eventually find their way back together, but Loor lends a different depth of emotion that the reader won't realize was missing in Bobby's fellow Travelers until now. A few secondary characters add to the humorous element, and yet again we are amazed at how MacHale brings an imaginary world to life. We feel the desert heat of Z...more
Melissa Mahle
This is the best book of the series. Did I write that before? The characters and plot deepen with each new book. MacHale keeps the plot fresh by adding in new subplots and clues to the overarching plot of the series. I like how Pendragon struggles with growing romantic feelings. I also like how the battle scenes are handled, i.e. not gratuitous violence. I like this series as much as the Eragon series.
This could be a more enjoyable series if I didn't find the main character so completely annoying! Any success he has mostly comes by luck, definitely not by skill, and he "shouts" everything he says (admittedly a writing problem). He's always wondering why he was chosen to be a "traveler" and much of the time I'm wondering the same thing! I'm intrigued by the premise behind the series, though. :-)
Dec 11, 2007 Readhead rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read previous books
Shelves: sci-fi
Better. I liked the action stuff they brought up in this. The day by day stuff was excellent. The other stuff... wasn't. Otherwise a good book. Read the prequels, though.
D.J. Machale has been able to capture my attention once again with the sixth book in his "Pendragon Series." The book has drama, action development and the occasional plot twist. In my opinion this series is a good one and keeps you entertained but unfortunately, confused at times. The series plot is very complicated and can get on my nerves with its constant rules that make no sense. However, I still enjoy this book immensely and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has read the the prec...more
Jesse Colton
I have really loved the Pendragon series since I read the first five installments as a teenager, and I was very interested to know what happens next. It seems to be the consensus that this book is less intense and more formulaic than the ones before it: the main character, a dimension-traveling hero arrives in a strange new world, undergoes the trials therein, uncovers a plot that will lead to the worlds destruction, has a Rocky-like training montage, and goes to save the world, all while tiny b...more
Thomas A
Bobby goes to Zadaa, Loor's home territory. She is a member of the Batu. For years the Batu have protected the Rokador, and the Rokador have provided them with water. But now the Rokador have stopped the flow of water through the cities. Now Bobby and Loor have to find out why. Bobby train to be a fighter,and soon after his training, one of Loor's friends give them a map of the Rokador tunnels(they live underground). They attend a festival in which the prince Pelle a Zinj is killed. Bobby and Lo...more
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After his adventures on Eelong in Book #6 The Rivers of Zadaa , Bobby Pendragon is now on Zadaa. Lets see how it goes...

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Bobby Pendragon's pursuit of the evil Saint Dane leads him into the dangerous territory of Zadaa, which is locked in a civil war between two rival tribes. As Bobby and Traveler Loor attempt to pacify the region, he begins to realize that he has been transformed by his quest. An exciting fantasy series for readers 12 and up.

This story takes place mainly on a...more
Bobby Pendragon is trying to figure out how to save the universe, and he has no real idea how to do it. He only knows that he needs to fight against whatever his enemy Saint Dane is planning. Sometimes he does it well, other times, not so well. I have read this series exclusively electronically on my I read it when I am in-between places, waiting for something else to happen, etc. Therefore, I have been reading it over a rather long time and I sometimes forget certain elements of the...more
This was a huge improvement from Black Water (Pendragon #5).

That being said, I feel like the entirety of the book was like a 90s training montage with cheesy inspirational music as the soundtrack. Perhaps, I'm just growing tired of the series, maybe my taste for this genre is nearing a lapse and I need to step away. Since, now it's not really enjoyable as it should be and I find myself rolling my eyes more and more.

Honestly, couldn't MacHale just kill Mark, I'm tired of the sequence on second...more
After all these years I'm a little disappointed that this book didn't flow as fast as it did the first time I read it. A lot of the parts in the book put me to sleep honestly I really didn't care about Courtney's problems or Mark for that matter. You know I really do like them as characters but this book consisted of a third of them. There were some vital parts with them, but it still wasn't as interesting as what was going on with Bobby.

Bobby has followed the battle against Saint Dane to Zadaa,...more
Aug 15, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pendragon fans, YA/fantasy
Recommended to Amy by: friend
Like the other books in this series, this was a great book that was full of surprises. I continue loving to see how Bobby grows and matures. It's also interesting to see how Saint Dane is growing more desperate to win and how he has changed tactics. I also am kind of interested in the love interest that grows in the book. I can't say I didn't see it coming but it was interesting to see it happen.

Moving away from characters, I still love his choice of writing style, where some of the book is tol...more
Oh... oh wow... oh oh oh wow!!! Hey, ok, so I'm officially obsessed...? What's the issue with that?
Ok, at first I didn't like Loor. I hate deserts. What's to like about the story? Clearly, plenty. Actually, I'm behind with the reviews- now, I've read the seventh as well. SWEET! IT'S AWESOME! Wait, right, this book.

Ok, first object... Story. The story is shocking as always. It's just getting better. He has the usual incredible twist at the end. And my my my- what an incredible twist. And did I me...more
I had high expectations for this book and I’m glad to say that MacHale delivered another amazing installment to the series. If you have been following my reviews for this series, you would probably know that Loor is one of my favourite characters. So I was very excited to finally see Loor in her home territory. After finishing this book, I love her even more. Loor is such a complex character. We got to know more about her life on Zadaa which explained why she acts the way she does. Being a Trave...more
The Rivers of Zadaa is the sixth book of MacHale's Pendragon series which chronicles the adventures of Bobby Pendragon, a teenage boy who is on a quest to prevent the destruction of Halla (all times and places).

In this installment, Bobby is on Zadaa, home of Loor, his friend and fellow traveler. Saint Dane, the bad guy, has fueled the fire to cause war between the two tribes of Zadaa: the Batu and the Rokador. The two tribes have lived in relative harmony for generations, but a water shortage ha...more
Ty Roberts
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Pendragon: The Rivers of Zadaa
D.J. MacHale
Summary:In this book, the 6th book of the Pendragon series, Bobby Pendragon finds himself on Zadaa after receiving a distress call from his friend Loor. On Zadaa, he finds out what the crisis is. The Rokador and the Batu, the two tribes on Zadaa, are fighting over the most precious material on Zadaa: Water. Loor, who is a member of the Batu, a fierce race of dark skinned warriors, must try to help Bobby in whatever way possible, including training him to...more
Cortlyn Matney
We finally reach the point where one of the first travelers we meet and that stays with us through most of the series is affected by the plans that Saint Dane has for the territory. We see rising tensions between two groups of people, similar to the way the first book went, but so very different at the same time. Loor and Bobby are struggling to save Zadaa, meanwhile back home things are changing rapidly. There's drama for the ones that Bobby left behind. Then again, we begin to learn that there...more
This the sixth of ten books makes up fully for the substandard quality of Black Water. Besides The Never War, The Rivers of Zadaa is the best of the published series.

I may be biased; certainly I am relieved. I had known since The Merchant of Death that Bobby Pendragon the Time Traveler had a form of love for Loor of the Batu; consequently I was very afraid that he would be forced by Courtney Chetwynde (his ersthwhile paramour) to choose between the Ghee and the sportswoman. I loathe romance tria...more
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This series is getting deeper and darker all the time, but it still has my full attention. Still incredibly awesome.

Bobby finally gets to flume to Zadaa, the much-talked-about home territory of Loor, whose been through quite a lot with Bobby. Once again, two tribes are pitted against one another amidst the backdrop of a paralyzing drought.

Twists and turns involving returning Travelers, brand new technology and concepts, Bobby's emerging feelings for Loor, and Saint Dane's evil and multilayered...more
Cammerel Dixon
Feb 05, 2012 Cammerel Dixon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ever person ever
Recommended to Cammerel by: Will-bro
Shelves: pendragon
This book is amazing. It definitely has two of the most POWERFUL scenes in all of Pendragon. Seriously; one of them being THE MOST.
"Dude. You're taling to the wrong guy." is bobby at his best. This scene was completely moving and it terrified me. You don't see this happen to the main characters, you just don't.
It's the most moving scene that I've ever listened to. It's just amazingly horrible.
That said, this book keeps bringing a multitude of powerful scenes. Loor has always been a great charact...more
Eric Townsend
This may be the best one in the series yet, save perhaps the first. There are more intricate difficulties and challenges for the characters to face. There is romance, danger much to close to home, and yes, death. As Pendragon and company have to take on these challenges they grow and intensify the bonds between them. Whether it is the resilience of Bobby Pendragon, the fierceness of Loor, the fiesty personality of Saangi or even the steady presence of Alder, the group will keep you invested and...more
An improvement from Black Water but I am still reserving judgement on the series. I enjoyed the first few books more than I have the last few. I am afraid that he is losing steam with this series or I am becoming way to critical. I once again am having a hard time feeling for Courtney and Mark is such a wuss. For all of my fussing though I will have to say I did not see the twist that was revealed in the end coming at all. It will be interesting to see how that plays out in the next book. It is...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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“Nights were the worst. I'd try to get some sleep, only to be thrown out of bed and dragged out into the compound for another game of "Let's whack Bobby in the dark!" - Bobby Pendragon, RoZ” 73 likes
“I met Pendragon when I made the journey to the far desert. He is from the tribe known" Loor was scrambling. Bokka didn't know about the Travelers. I had to bail her out.
Yankees," I said. "The Yankees tribe." Hey, what can I say? It was the first thing that came to mind. "It's a strong tribe," I added. "Respected by all...except for our mortal enemies, the Sox tribe. They hate us. Especially the Red ones. Cannibals. Nasty characters.”
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