Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Pendragon: Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book Review: Pendragon: Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Original edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743437314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743437318

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

D.J. MacHale is an incredible author. I know this by reading his Morpheus Road series. But, Morpheus Road being his later series, I was curious to see if his first series was near as good. To be honest, after reading the first book of the Pendragon series, I can't decide which I enjoy reading more. Pendragon is absolutely incredible.

This is definitely the teenage dude's book. Romance? I don't like it Twilight-style. Mushy, dramatic, girly. Not for me. But Pendragon puts it in a total guy's perspective. This, I can read. And it isn't only the romance that is dudeish. Bobby Pendragon is your average teenage guy. So all of these whacky things  that he's going through is put into a perspective that I can really relate to. This is definitely a must-read for pretty much any teen boy.

I'm continuing the series, and it's definitely going in the right direction to become one of my favorite series of all time. These books amaze me from their greatness. 


  1. Great review! I'm always looking for books for my almost-teen son. He also can't stand mushy, gushy, romance. This is definitely a book I'll be looking for for him!

  2. Haven't read anything by D.J. MacHale before, but anything with the word Pendragon on it immediately catches my interest. I'm curious if there is a tie to King Arthur or just a parallel of plot, but either way, this sounds like a good read. Thanks for the rec!


  3. I've been meaning to read this series for a bit now... thanks for the reminder and the review!


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