Pendragon #1: The Merchant of Death – D.J. Machale

Okay, so I admit that the snog on the first page, appealed to the 14 year old boy in me 😉 However the cover was the thing that called out to me first, and on the look out for something light to read alongside my R.I.P III reading, I snapped up this along with the latest CHERUB book, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. (I do love 3 for 2 offers!)

I’ve not come across the Pendragon series before, even though they have been out for a while now (book #9 has recently come out in the USA I believe) but it appears that they much be getting a re-branding in the UK as after a quick look online, these appear to be completely new covers.

Bobby Pendragon is a fairly normal fourteen year old boy, popular at school, good at sports, decent grades, even gets along with his little sister, and enjoys playing with his dog. That is until Bobby’s Uncle Press turns up at the house unexpectedly and interrupts the kiss I mentioned above and asks Bobby to help him help some people who are in trouble.

He finds himself catapulted into the middle of an immense, inter-dimensional conflict. His success or failure will decide the course of human existence!

But first he must save the territory of Denduron from a bloody civil war, orchestrated by the series bad-guy Saint Dane. A ‘traveler’ like his Uncle, Bobby, must not only save Denduron, but also learn just what being a ‘traveler’ means – while nobody will give him a straight answer – and rescue his Uncle! (who was captured just after they arrived)

Told in journal form to his best friends back home, Bobby tells us and them about his adventures in first person. Alternating with these journals we follow Mark and Courtney as they deal with Bobby’s disappearance, follow his adventures and attempt to help when asked.

While this works well, and keeps things interesting, the journals are Bobby’s account of his adventures, which means if he’s writing them, then he must have survived them, and okay there are going to be another 9 books after this one, this does take some of the tension out of things! Kudos to Machale though, he keeps up the pace to compensate, and the pages keep on turning.

A more than decent start with a core of well realised, likable characters this appears like it’s going to be a fun series to follow.

4 thoughts on “Pendragon #1: The Merchant of Death – D.J. Machale

  • October 19 at 12:31 pm

    @Shelley: Yep, I was pleasantly surprised, by them. The audio book versions are fantastic!

  • September 12 at 2:48 am

    @Fyrefly: It was good fun and quick to read, so I’d give at least the first one a go. 🙂

  • September 12 at 2:00 am

    I keep seeing these around the library, and they look pretty good, but I’ve been a little bit ambivalent about getting involved in another big YA fantasy series. Sounds pretty good, though; I might have to rethink my stance.

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