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The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Series #1) (edition 2002)

by D. J. MacHale

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Title:The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Series #1)
Authors:D. J. MacHale
Info:Aladdin (2002), Edition: 1 Aladdin, Paperback
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I listen to young adult books when I go to or am trying to go to sleep. I have to admit this book was fun to listen to for the most part. I normally allowed one cd a night and had to turn it off once it was done. Although I found the main character to be whiny and a pain in the butt I rather enjoyed the story line and the somewhat coming of age adventure of Bobby Pendragon. He is a whiner and the guy reading the story truely portrays whinyness to a fault. Will listen to more once I make it to the library for more by this author. ( )
  nraichlin | Jan 26, 2016 |
This was a fun read. Magic, world travelling, and just enough juvenile humor to make it cool. Great for kids. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Bobby is an 8th grader who didn't know that his whole life he was destined to be a traveler. His destiny kicks into gear when his uncle whisks him off to a dangerous world accessed through a flume like portal. On this strange medieval like planet, Bobby is thrown into a conflict of master over slave, and he must look inside himself to find the strengths he has to help end the conflict. If he fails, a larger conflict could erupt that threatens the survival of every being on the planet. Bobby is a reluctant participant in this struggle and wishes at every turn to be relinquished of this responsibility so he can return to his friends and family on earth. In the end Bobby realizes, with the help of his fellow traveler, Loor, that it doesn't take physical strength to be a hero. Younger teens will like the story, but it lacks the depth needed to interest older readers. ( )
  valorrmac | Aug 19, 2015 |
When I was itty bitty little Mel, just a wee 10 years old, I got a boxed set of book 1, 2 and 3 of this series for Christmas. This was about the same time that all my friends were getting Harry Potter for Christmas. I devoured these books and it became a yearly tradition that I would get the newest book for Valentines Day every year from my mom. I would wake up, get ready REALLY fast, and go downstairs to see the newest book on the kitchen table. So while everyone was growing up in the world of Harry Potter, and don't get me wrong I did read those, I grew up in the world of the Flume's.
It has been a long time since I've read these books (honestly I have read this about 8 times, but not in a while) but I love it so much.
I'll do a huge character plot review when I finish rereading this, but I remember it so vividly that I want everyone I love to read this book. ( )
  thatgirlbookworm | Aug 5, 2015 |
the writing is a bit hamfisted at times with some cartoonish characters and a formulaic, two-dimensional plot. MacHale also seems to have written this story without doing much research into things like warfare and mining and even class divisions and tyranny. it was a all very simplistically laid out without much depth.

however, it isn't a completely bad read especially for 9-year old boys like my son. i think that kids much older than that might roll their eyes like i did at certain parts but for the younger set, it is something that they can enjoy.

i won't be reading any more out loud to my son like i did this one but i will continue to support him in reading this series. maybe the writing will get better as the series goes on? who knows. ( )
  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0743437314, Paperback)

In Pendragon: The Merchant of Death, D.J. MacHale, the creator of several popular television series and Afterschool Specials, transplants the Pendragon name from Arthurian legend to modern-day junior high school. Fourteen- year-old Bobby Pendragon has it all; he's smart, popular, and a star basketball player in quiet Stony Brook, Connecticut. But a visit from Uncle Press soon topples all of that as Bobby learns that he is a Traveler, someone who can ride "flumes" through time and space. Bobby lands in Denduron, a medieval world where the gentle Milago are enslaved by the Bedoowan, and it's Bobby's job to free them. He reluctantly teams up with Loor--a girl his age from the warrior-territory of Zadaa--and other Travelers, recounting his adventures in journals that are magically transported back to his friends Mark and Courtney in Stony Brook. These first-person journals at times feel contrived--they're riddled with terms like "coolio" and "bizarro" and gnarly descriptions of vile sights and smells--but the book's thumping story soon scrubs away all such concern. The Merchant of Death keeps the pages flipping with steady action and near-constant mortal peril for its heroes, promising that both this and future volumes in the Pendragon series should be eagerly devoured. (Ages 10 and older) --D.J. Morel

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Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal and somewhat reluctant 14- year-old boy who is swept into an amazing five-year quest.

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