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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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Originally posted at FanLit.

Bobby Pendragon is a normal middle-school kid and life is good. He??s the most valuable player on the basketball team and heƒ??s just found out that Courtney, the girl heƒ??s had a crush on for years, has a crush on him, too! Life could not be better... until Uncle Press arrives while Bobby is kissing Courtney and drags Bobby away to a medieval world where some oppressed people need Bobbyƒ??s help. For Bobby has special powers and: A Destiny! When Bobby disappears, Courtney and Mark, Bobbyƒ??s best friend, get worried and start investigating. They canƒ??t find Bobby, but they do receive a letter from him which details all thatƒ??s happening to Bobby in Denduron.

The Merchant of Death is the first novel in D.J. MacHaleƒ??s young adult PENDRAGON series. Itƒ??s fast-paced and exciting, it has a likable teenage boy for a hero, there are monsters and explosions, and thereƒ??s even a little bit of cussing and kissing. Perfect for a 14 year old boy.

You canƒ??t help but like Bobby. Heƒ??s the athletic good-looking kid who everyone likes. He loves his family and his dog, and heƒ??s noble enough to have an unpopular geek for a best friend. Mark is also a great character, and we get to see him mature a little over the course of the novel. Likewise, beautiful and popular Courtney is smart and competent. The three kids make great protagonists, though theyƒ??re a little shallow at this point in the PENDRAGON series. I hope that will get better.

The plot of The Merchant of Death, even though itƒ??s exciting, isnƒ??t anything new. It also wonƒ??t hold up to the scrutiny of adults and teens who donƒ??t want to work too hard to maintain their suspension of disbelief. The villains are preposterous caricatures, Bobby and his friends accept bizarre occurrences too readily, Bobby solves problems too quickly and easily, everything he needs is conveniently at hand, and even his special powers are amazingly opportune. Furthermore, itƒ??s hard to believe that Bobbyƒ??s uncle has never mentioned Bobbyƒ??s special skills or connection to other worlds before he whisks Bobby off to save the day, and itƒ??s also hard to believe that Mark and Courtney donƒ??t solicit help from adults. Iƒ??m also not sure why MacHale chose to have Bobby narrate most of the plot in the form of letters to Mark and Courtney ƒ?? I had a hard time believing that Bobby is sitting down recording his adventure in this way, especially since heƒ??s far more verbose than any teenage boy Iƒ??ve ever encountered.

But Iƒ??m not a 14 year old boy and I expect that many teenagers will be completely entertained by The Merchant of Death. Itƒ??s well-written and fun, and a promising start to a long series. One of my boys read and enjoyed PENDRAGON a few years ago (I remember fetching all the books for him at the library), so I can confidently recommend the series to teenagers.

I listened to William Dufris narrate Brilliance Audioƒ??s version. Heƒ??s really good! ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Originally posted at FanLit.

Bobby Pendragon is a normal middle-school kid and life is good. He’s the most valuable player on the basketball team and he’s just found out that Courtney, the girl he’s had a crush on for years, has a crush on him, too! Life could not be better... until Uncle Press arrives while Bobby is kissing Courtney and drags Bobby away to a medieval world where some oppressed people need Bobby’s help. For Bobby has special powers and: A Destiny! When Bobby disappears, Courtney and Mark, Bobby’s best friend, get worried and start investigating. They can’t find Bobby, but they do receive a letter from him which details all that’s happening to Bobby in Denduron.

The Merchant of Death is the first novel in D.J. MacHale’s young adult PENDRAGON series. It’s fast-paced and exciting, it has a likable teenage boy for a hero, there are monsters... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-merchant-of-death/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Bobby Pendragon is a normal 14 year old guy riding high on the euphoria of finally making out with Courtney Chetwynde when an unexpected announcement from his Uncle Press throws his life upside down. Press informs Bobby that they are both Travelers, people who can pass between alternate worlds using flumes or tunnels through space and time. Bobby is sent to Denduron, a territory on the brink of war, goaded into hostility by the evil Traveler Saint Dane. The Travelers must prevent war in order to save Denduron from destruction. "The Merchant of Death" is a fantastic blend of humor, action, adventure and fantasy. Fans of the Percy Jackson series will love this series. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Apr 2, 2014 |
Bobby Pendragon, our hero, tells it like it is, as he saves the world in an alternate dimension! - Miss Elise ( )
  JSIS | May 10, 2013 |
interesting story that can keep ones interest. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Might also read the regular fiction story instead of the graphic novel. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 29, 2013 |
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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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