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The Merchant of Death (1) (Pendragon) (udgave 2002)

af D.J. MacHale (Forfatter)

Serier: Pendragon (1)

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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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Titel:The Merchant of Death (1) (Pendragon)
Forfattere:D.J. MacHale (Forfatter)
Info:Aladdin (2002), Edition: 26174th, 384 pages
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I know I've read [b:The Merchant of Death|833710|The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1)|D.J. MacHale|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1351196725s/833710.jpg|1726608] / the Pendragon books before, but it's been long enough that I couldn't even say for sure when. It might have even been back when I was the same age as the eponymous protagonist Bobby Pendragon rather than more than twice that. I think I enjoyed it quite a bit though, so worth giving it a chance to reread.

On the plus side, the main characters were well enough done for the most part. They all felt distinct and for the most part felt real. The main counterpoints to that is the 'big bad' of the book Saint Dane--you can almost hear the mustache twirling and mwahahaing--and the 'little* bad'--an overweight caricature of the 'corrupt queen', constantly eating and laughing at the slaughter

On the downside, there are a lot of cliches going around (see Queen Caricature) and a lot of the worldbuilding just doesn't make that much sense when you really get into it. We never get an answer to just what would be so bad if this one event on this one world of all space and time could lead to the downfall of everything; nor do we get much into how and why the Travelers work they way they do. It probably worked better a decade ago... but we'll let it go for the moment.

On top of that, the book is written half in a journal style (the interesting half) and half from the point of view of Bobby's friends left back home, reading the journal. Honestly, it feels like padding. There's an abrupt slowdown every time it happens. I'd like to see an edit with only the main storyline.

Overall though, I'm glad I reread it and I'll give at least the second a try. It's not my favorite series ever, but amusing enough to spend the time. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Interesting story but yikes

Oof the fatphobia in this book ( )
  elisalr22 | Jul 11, 2021 |
2.75

If you are looking for an Arthur Pendragon/Camelot story this is not for you.

This book took me a while to get into. I wasn't clicking with the whole journal style. It was very inconsistent. One moment it felt like a first-person omniscient narration and then other times it was first-person limited. Also, when Bobby would talk directly to Mark in the journals it really stopped the flow of the story. It got better as it progressed, but it did take me over 100 pages (1/3) of the book to sorta get into the story. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
I've had this book and audiobook for ages (we're talking nearly a decade) and just haven't got to them. I was impressed with the amount of world-building and imagination that this first book has. It was loads of fun and a real roller coaster ride. One MacHale started things rolling, the action never stopped. At times, it felt like the narrator was out of breath he was talking so fast. Although I enjoyed the story a lot, I think I would have liked it more when I first bought the books a decade ago. As a matter of fact, I would have loved them as a teenager. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
Definitely a good start to the series. It took a while to get into, but once I started appreciating the plot, I knew I'd found a new series with real promise.

Bobby Pendragon is totally confused. One minute, he's ready for a major basketball game and the girl of his dreams has kissed him, and the next, his weird uncle is dragging him off with a cryptic story about saving the world.

It's about to get stranger.

Bobby's introduction into his first "territory", Denduron, is not too fast-paced, not too slow. Easy for the reader to slip into. Because Bobby is a Traveler, whether he wants to be or not, and it is his destiny to travel through worlds and times keeping chaos from getting the upper hand.

With his two best friends back home on Earth (or actually, "Second Earth"), reading the journals he sends home, Bobby, his Uncle Press, a warrior girl named Loor, and a knight named Alder must try to mediate an age-old conflict between one tribe enslaved by another. Bobby's narration really makes the book; he comes off as a perfectly real 14-year-old stuck in a wild situation, sometimes brave, sometimes crazy, often scared out of his mind, and not afraid to admit it.

I'm definitely looking for the other books in the series next. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
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