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Discover the Destroyer

(Everworld #5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,244 ratings  ·  54 reviews
There is a place that shouldn’t exist. But does. And there are creatures that shouldn’t exist. But do. Welcome to a land where all of your dreams and nightmares are very real—and often deadly. Welcome to Everworld.

Senna. The one and only reason David, Christopher, April and Jalil find themselves in a place that is magical and terrifying and wonderful all at once. Senna is
Paperback, 171 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Scholastic Inc.
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3.5 stars, so I have no idea where to rate it (WHY DOESN'T GOODREADS HAVE HALF-STAR RATINGS). I'm adding said half-star mainly for the revelations(!!!) you have about David towards the end, which bowled me over because I had completely forgotten about it. It casts a light on the long-lingering effects of (view spoiler), for sure, and along with one of KAA's behind-the-scenes quotes at the end of this review, I think the themes are coming out stronger. This ...more
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
The Everworld team are at the mercy of a dragon who has demanded they retrieve his stolen goods for him or else their replaced hearts will burn with dragon fire in six days. The team plus Senna (who is a witch and hasn’t had her heart replaced) travel to Fairy Land to earn their hearts back and attempt to trick, blackmail or bluff the leprechauns into giving the stolen goods back.

This novel completes the circle and we’re back to David’s narration now. This book goes deeper into David’s
In this book, our Everworld kids have to complete the task set to them by the great dragon Nidhoggr – reclaim his stone, sword, spear, and cauldron of Daghdha from the fairies of Fairy Land– within six days or (view spoiler) burst into flame and kill them for failing. When I first read the quest they had, I thought it would be drawn out over a couple of books, as four items are typically worth a different ‘adventure’ to get each one, though that ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, isekai
As someone loved, grew up on, and was shaped by the Animorphs series, I’m pretty disappointed by Everworld. You might be saying, “Hey, cut K. A. Applegate some slack. Those books are meant for teenagers and you’re not a teenager anymore.” NO! I've reread the Animorphs a couple of times as an adult. I still love them. Everworld sports a couple of very major and very common problems I have with fantasy books, young adult or otherwise.

The biggest problem is that I don’t like the characters. Most
Laurie Saunders
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The gang enter the seemingly idyllic world of Fairy Land (and yes, there is a yellow road) but are faced with new challenges. David is the narrator and we learn an important secret about his past, one that made him who he is today.

I am really taken with the series and I admire how skillfully Applegate intertwine fantasy with real-life serious issues.
I don't know why this one took me so long to finish! It was really, really good. Although I love Animorphs more, the one thing this has going for it is how short the series is and how much stuff is crammed in each book. Each book seems immensely satisfying, even if they don't quite get very far. Poor David :( I liked reading from his perspective, made me really really feel for him :(
Aug 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Ahh, the kids have gone to Fairy Land to try to find the dragon's stolen treasure. They're on a time frame because their hearts have been replaced with rubies which will burst into flame and kill them if they don't come back in six days. Ooh, creepy. (Since there's an Everworld #6, one has to assume that they're successful even without reading the book.)
Viresh Patel
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was interesting in many ways. Though it was also a little confusing at times. There were a lot of funny scenes that made me laugh. These kids go on crazy adventures that no one can even dream of. Well, except them because the Everworld is in their dreams so I guess u can dream of it.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
And we're back to the dynamics of David's obsession with manhood, and while the others are not exactly wrong not to trust him with executive decisions because of his hero complex and because he's Senna's yes-man, it's also hard not to sympathize with him when they're all too willing to put him in charge when it comes time to decide whose job it is to face down the angry dragon:

Here you go, David, we're screwed now, so be the hero again. You die first.

As a matter of fact, this was the first point
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first 4 books I didn't even bother to write a review on just because this is a series and I wanted to get a feel for all the characters, and the book in general. I can tell you that I did read one or two of these books back in high school and I remember loving it because it had mythology in it. Reading it now though has my mind in shreds.

I love where this series is headed so far. So just a little info on the series: 4 kids are dragged into this alternative universe by Loki an god looking to
Alex of Yoe
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
This book is probably my favourite so far. We've learned a lot about Senna and David from everyone else's points of view in the other books, so circling back to David's perspective helps to round out our perceptions thus far. The author brings out his emotions, inner conflicts, and fears so poignantly that the incredible fantasy in the world around him is brought down to realistic levels. The reader can believe the story because they can relate, in one way or another, to what David's feeling. ...more
Tommy Grooms
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Discover the Destroyer, the four kids (with Senna in tow) must make off with fairy treasure to appease the dragon Nidhoggr, who has replaced their hearts with ticking time bombs. Though reduced in stature from his treatment by the last three narrators, David becomes a much more sympathetic character as we learn that much of his insecurity and hero aspirations stem from childhood trauma. There's lots to love in this volume, including Jalil's manipulation of money-hungry Fairy Land with "real ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has been my favourite book in the series so far! There is growth from David that I'm really liking, since he was quite annoying at the start. And Everworld is just neverending which still makes it so mysterious! Also disliking Sienna so much, even more than the last book
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Husbands book I decided to read not really knowing it was book 5.
Good short read but wish I had read the others to make more sense of it. You can skip them but knowing how they ended up in Everworldwould have been nice
Heather Mayle
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was better than the last. Leprechauns and dragons are much better than a decaying, wormy Hel goddess.
Cate Boshoven
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
First book to make me laugh out loud in a long time.
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun fluff.
Julie Decker
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
David and his group Christopher, Jalil, April, and Senna (!) have been consorting with dragons. The dragon who destroyed one of their allies now has a few items he would like back, and said items are hidden in fairyland with the leprechauns, so he is sending the characters to get them. But there's a complication. He's stolen four of their hearts . . . literally. Their living hearts have been stolen with magic and replaced with time-bomb rubies, which will keep functioning as hearts for six days ...more
Okay first of all, I have to say I'd completely forgotten David's plot-twist about his backstory which... well. It really does explain a lot about his character, and that's really neatly done.

I like that the ovarching quest enters the story gradually and in a very organic way, it feels pretty realistic and well-written.
I also appreciate that you can hear David trying to decide whether he's under Senna's power or not--it's like the minute I complain about the narration not having distinct voices,
Amanda Orlich Ahern
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
What I liked about this book, told from David's point of view again, was that it was much more light-hearted than the previous four.

David, Jalil, April, and Christopher have escaped Hel's truly terrifying domain, only to find themselves in the dragon Nidhoggr's lair. The dragon is sad because the leprechauns (yes, Christopher said it was bound to happen, and it did.) stole 4 of his prized possessions. Did I mention that Nidhoggr lives in a GIANT pile of treasure and gold? The fairy folk have
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story as expected from K.A. Applegate. But unlike Animorphs, the characters are certainly not the kind that would take a special place in your heart. Interesting variety in personality but not particularly endearing.

And also, there is inconsistency in the way animals are regarded. For instance, April, who is a vegetarian and even brings up "ethics", has no inner dilemma or feel remorseful about eating meat. There's also wanton violence inflicted on animals that is described but never in
Melissa Bennett
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This story takes the five to a dragon. The dragon is willing to make a deal with them instead of burning them to a crisp. The deal is they must trek to the fairie's town and steal back what the fairies stole from the him. To make sure that they follow the deal, the dragon replaces their hearts (all except Senna) with rubies which will explode in 6 days. They set out on there quest and find fairie land not quite what they expected. Fairies are very business-like and want to cut a deal or trade on ...more
Adam Smith
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is all about using advanced knowledge to get ahead; if you know something others want to know it can go a long way in your favour. So far I'm really enjoying the Everworld series. All the different mythologies mixed together makes for a very interesting world.

Lost in the underworld, David and the gang stumble upon the lair of Nighoggr. Grieving over the theft of his treasure, the dragon makes them a deal; retrieve his treasure and they can live, fail and they'll die in six days. The
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Discover the Destroyer by K.A. Applegate is the fifth book in the Everworld series, a collection of 12 stories alternately narrated by four humans trapped in an alternate universe where the gods of old have set up shop. In this installment, the four friends and the mysterious Senna, a witch with serious man-controlling powers, have to steal four items from fairies which rightfully belong to one wicked dragon. If they don't succeed, they die. I'm still enjoying the series, but I am wishing the ...more
Greg Kerestan
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The team is back together again, sans their hearts but with manipulative witch Senna in tow. David, the de facto group leader, begins to come into himself here, revealing his true, more flawed character as an abuse victim forever in need of moral and leadership guidance, even as he tries to control everyone around him. The rigid nature of Everworld beings is revealed here, with monsters able to survive being cut in half with only minor residuals, and nymphs being essentially "programmed" to do ...more
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly brilliant take on mythology. For anyone who has ever been a fan of the religions of yore you'll be enthralled with Applegate's world of aliens and gods. My favorite series when it first came out and still one of my favorite series. The beginning of the first book is a bit difficult to get into, but once you get past that it is simply phenomenal. Applegate creates an entire world within Everworld while drawing enough from our own world so as not to entirely alienate or confuse the ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
After the last one, this made up for it. Although, I may just be a sucker for the Irish setting... Either way, for a pre-teen series, I'm still finding it amusing enough to continue to read. It also helps that I remember next to nothing about it. And while this one is in the voice of one of my least favorite characters, I can't help but find myself on his side in this one. So, kudo's to the author.
Dayna Smith
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-series
Book #5 in the Everworld series is told from David's point of view. David and his friends must head to the realm of the fairies to recover some treasure stolen from the dragon Nidhoggr. If they don't return the treasure they will be killed. So they must outwit a dragon and the fairies, and Senna or die. If you are enjoying this series, you will enjoy this installment.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own

There is a point in this book where I'm all like YES YES YES Finally someone hit that B****. Come I know that If you read a lot there are times when you just hate a Character so much that you think Death would be to much of a blessing for them.(Everlasting Torture would be Nice)but someone hitting them is good to.
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.

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Everworld (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Land of Loss (Everworld, #2)
  • Enter the Enchanted (Everworld, #3)
  • Realm of the Reaper (Everworld, #4)
  • Fear the Fantastic (Everworld, #6)
  • Gateway to the Gods (Everworld, #7)
  • Brave the Betrayal (Everworld, #8)
  • Inside the Illusion (Everworld, #9)
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