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Black Water (Pendragon #5)

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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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Excellent adventure, and even if we have no answers yet, I’m still intrigued
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's officially hit a new level of "what the fuck" with this series. I think I probably yelled that at the book about ten times in the last 10 pages alone. Thank goodness I was home alone when I finished.

Aghhhhh. This book was so clever. I loved that the main species in this territory wasn't human, it made it even more interesting and the world building once again was fantastic. But then- surprise- humans still exist in this territory, but not quite as expected. Shines a lot of light on the way
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-stars
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?
Cortlyn Matney
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Halley Hopson
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-rereads
-- Reread 2016 --

This one was always one of my favorites because it has almost all of the characters in one place at one point which has never happened before now. I also just absolutely adore the territory of Eelong and the way it is described; and especially the fact that the main beings are giant predator cat-people. Just fantastic.

Black Water is definitely a huge turning point for the series in the way that it ends, which I will not get into for fear of spoilers. But this is the last of the
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
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
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.
Nick G
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book and many twists inside!
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished my first re-read of Black Water and I must admit that I found it to be a much better novel than I recalled.

In Black Water, the Traveler Bobby Pendragon finds himself on the first territory where humans are not the prominent species. And no, Howard the Duck fans - the dominant creatures are not water fouls either. Rather, the most evolved class of beings on the territory of Eelong are cats - and not your average kitty cats either - BIG cats, like lions and tigers. As such, Bobby finds
Sean Crastien
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall Rating: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
World-Building: 4/5
Editing/Presentation: 4/5

Story: The story was definitely unique, in mixing the territories and bringing the acolytes in. The twist ending was also unexpected, and answered questions about some of the Traveler stuff. The story itself, though, was a bit dull and has been seen before. However, it was constructed in a unique way this time, that it can certainly be marked as good.
Characters: The characters were a mix of good and bad. Pend
Maberan Potato
Finally a Pendragon book without some god-awful reality-breaking plot point! :D

I was scared at first because this is my favorite Pendragon book because shit gets real and I really didn't want to hate this one. And I didn't! :L :L It was pleasant. Allelujah.

So first I really like how in this world, humans are treated like shit. So not only does Bobby have to save the world, he has to do it in one that despises him. Great. And he actually calls out Saint Dane on it and it's great. I'm starting to
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
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lleyton Y
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked how this book was so similar but so different from the real world and how cats actually keep gars(humans) as pets and as laborers. Then the gars somehow escape... who knows maybe cats could be next.....
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
Still impressed with the author's work. The series is definitely getting darker but I honestly appreciate that. I don't like it when it is always easy to determine right and wrong and everything is black and white. Still impressed with the series and it's a ways in.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best one yet. I love the Klee.
I like this one the most out of all
Heath Walker
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The quigs are gars (humans)
Eric Townsend
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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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)” 24 likes
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