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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Merchant of Death by D. The Merchant of Death Pendragon 1 by D. MacHale Goodreads Author. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world. And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was.
And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution. If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly.
Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning Cover illustration by Victor Lee Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September by Aladdin Paperbacks first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Merchant of Death , please sign up. Is it any good? Shawn Washington Yes!
Once you start reading, you will be very intrigued and won't want to put it down. But keep in mind that once you read the 1st book you will want …more Yes! But keep in mind that once you read the 1st book you will want to read the other 9 books in the series. I love the plot of this book and the characters are so different so its fun to watch them all develop less.
See all 7 questions about The Merchant of Death…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Merchant of Death Pendragon, 1. Aug 27, Stephen rated it it was ok Shelves: audiobook , retellings-reimaginings-and-mashes , , ebooks , fantasy , knight-jobs , ya. Not even something as terrifyingly cuddly as a trio of skydiving "ninja" cats could have won me over to this story.
My angries were not provoked. My less than lofty rating is more a recognition that this sub-genre of light, YA, Not even something as terrifyingly cuddly as a trio of skydiving "ninja" cats could have won me over to this story. So, after finishing The Price of Spring and Faust , this one seemed like a nice diversion My mistake. It's not the book's fault.
Everything about it was dandy. So Bobby gets swept away into an alternative dimension called Denduron and must find a away to save the people from the destructive schemes of an evil, shape-changing, traveler known as Saint Dane , whose goal is to spread chaos throughout the territories. Cue infodump on fantasy cultures and people, see exotic animals, learn of subjugated people and need for savior, through in a badass female warrior this was a nice touch and some nasty monsters and supporting villains.
For what it is, this is a pretty good example of sub-genre. Thus, the best I can do for it is… 2. View all 43 comments. Enchantress rated it it was amazing Shelves: re-read , favorite , fav-of-fav , fandoms , 5-stars , nostalgia , reviews , 5-stars-complete , golden-stars , editions. I was very lucky my friend recommended this one to me. Bobby was my second bookish crush or maybe 3rd? I laughed a lot. I was at the edge of your seat all the time. I don't like first person view usually, but THIS!
I always felt I wanted to skip the 3rd person chapters to reach Bobby's again. The Merchant of Death Pendragon 1 , D. It follows the adventures of Bobby Pendragon as he travels to Denduron. The story starts with Bobby Pendragon, a normal fourteen-year-old boy, preparing to leave his home to play in the state basketball semi-finals, but before he leaves, Courtney Chetwynde, a popular girl at his school, comes to his house and admits her feelings toward him.
While they are kissing Bobby's Uncle Press arrives and tells Bobby some people need their help and to come with him. View all 3 comments. Apr 09, Ariana Deralte rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy , action-adventure. I wanted to enjoy this book because then I'd have several more good books to read after this one, but I was ultimately disappointed.
I found the first person, diary pov grating and impossible to get into. The writing also came off as either uninspired or overly wordy when MacHale realized he needed a bit more exposition.
Though actually, it was a lot of exposition since everything kept being repeated several times. On top of that, a lot of things happened in the plot just for the sake of the plo I wanted to enjoy this book because then I'd have several more good books to read after this one, but I was ultimately disappointed.
On top of that, a lot of things happened in the plot just for the sake of the plot happening which is why Bobby is so dumb in the first place methinks. Some of the characters are competently characterized, but ultimately dull.
This was especially true of the 'evil' villain who mostly gave the impression that he spent his evenings on the sofa watching tv. I think this is, perhaps, a problem of the pov because it was hard to think a man who mostly spent his time chatting with a queen and barely remembers to threaten to kill people or destroy the world, is the great evil villain of the books.
It's a technically competent book and was well plotted. Unfortunately, there was nothing new in it. In the end, I'm left not caring at all what happens to Bobby et al.
View all 6 comments. This was one of my very favorite books in elementary school, so I thought I'd go back and re-read it to see how it holds up. I can't pretend I didn't enjoy it, but a big portion of that enjoyment came from the nostalgia value. There isn't all that much to recommend the book apart from that.
I have lots and lots of thoughts on this book, and I don't feel like fleshing out a proper review, so here's a pro and con list. Pros: - The characterization is mo This was one of my very favorite books in elementary school, so I thought I'd go back and re-read it to see how it holds up. Pros: - The characterization is mostly solid. Bobby was a good protagonist. I appreciated that he reacted basically the way an unprepared fourteen year-old would upon being taken to a fantasy world and told that he has to save everyone there - he screws up again and again, he spends a lot of time cowering and hiding, and he mostly only thinks of getting away.
His character arc was a little obvious, but for an MG book, it works. The side characters are pretty good as well except for Alder, who I wish we'd spent more time with. The biggest thing about this series that captured my imagination as a kid were the memorable and imaginative fight scenes, and those actually turned out to be almost as good as I remembered them.
The pacing is fast enough to hold a kid's attention without being too rushed or relentless. There's a lot to introduce here, but MacHale does a good job of spreading out the exposition and weaving it naturally into the story.
Book Review: The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Book One) by D.J. MacHale
The Merchant of Death is the first book in the Pendragon series by D. It follows the adventures of Bobby Pendragon as he travels to Denduron. The story takes place in a "territory" Universe separate from the "Second Earth" universe of the story, there are ten territories in all called Denduron. Denduron has three suns , one to the east, the north, and the south, but besides that, it has most of the same characteristics as Earth.
The Merchant of Death
Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world. And not just Earth as we know it.
It is primarily set on the territory of Denduron , and otherwise set in the fictional town of Stony Brook, Connecticut on Second Earth. Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was.