Pendragon: The Merchant of Death – By D.J. MacHale

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Title: Pendragon: The Merchant of Death

Author: D.J. MacHale

Genre/Pages: Fantasy/372

Rating: ★★★ (3.5 of 5)

Summary: 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. 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…

My Review: About three years ago my mom listened to this book in the car, so whenever she was driving me somewhere I would catch bits and pieces of the story, but it wasn’t until a couple weeks ago, when, bored of the movie we were watching,  I was looking at my sister’s bookshelves, and, having just finished a book, picked this one up. I wasn’t actually planning on reading it, and certainly not planning on dropping all else to finish this book, but life doesn’t always go as you plan…

I must say, I’m not the biggest fan of the whole “journal entry POV” thing. I have trouble with the realism of the style. I mean, who can find the time to write all that, and even if they could, how on earth does someone remember every single thing someone says?  HowEVER, these books are fiction, so I guess I gotta give them some literary license there. :)  Anyway, even though Merchant of Death was in “Journal Entry POV” it made a lot more sense than usual; Pendragon actually explained how and why he wrote these incredibly long journal entries, which, for my detail-oriented brain was amazing.

On to the actual story; I ended up really enjoying this book, the characters were fascinating, and the plot, though beginning slightly reminiscent of the many other YA adventures I’ve read, it was engaging, with some very unexpected twists and turns, and the world it was all placed in was extremely well thought-out, and very intricate, and it was actually quite thought-provoking. Each character ended up being very in-depth and, well, fascinating. They each had their own motives, and they actually seemed quite realistic.

The ending. Wow. I have to be careful, because I don’t want give anything away, but it was amazing. It brought a lot of different emotions, and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. This was a fun, light, well-written book that I enjoyed reading.

To Sum it up: An engaging fantasy with some curveballs that I never saw coming…It was amazing. A lot of times, as I read YA novels these days, I find them all too predictable and romance-oriented, but this one was definitely different. The only thing I can really complain about was the swearing. There wasn’t a whole lot of it, just some d**n, H**l, a**, and similar. But it seemed like it was just thrown in haphazardly, and solely for the point of making it sound more realistically teenager. I’d recommend this book 10+.


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