Wednesday, January 07, 2009

First Clues Review: The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale

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The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale

The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale

Aladdin (Trade Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-7434-3731-4 (0743437314)
ISBN-13: 978-0-7434-3731-8 (9780743437318)
Publication Date: September 2002
List Price: $8.99

Review written by Chris, Age 11, Grade 6. Date of review: December 2008.

Review: Pendragon, The Merchant of Death, is a book of excitement, mystery, and adventure. Written by D. J. MacHale, there is no other book that compares with this one in the world! As the first book of the Pendragon series, Bobby, a serious but caring boy, starts to learn the truth of his own world and the cosmos. Courtney, a good-humored and hyper girl who is one of Bobby’s faithful friends, joins the trek to help make peace in Denduron. Even the Merchant of Death, the wicked monster who constantly terrorizes Denduron, has trouble finding these two masterminds. Uncle Press and Mark are the brains of the group and the hectic ones.

Bobby is going to rescue the world. He is not only going to save the Earth, but the dimension of Denduron. As Denduron, a dimension ruled by a magical tyrant and inundated with war, starts to fall apart, Bobby is sucked into a rabbit hole and flung into the deep vacuum of the cosmos far beyond the Milky Way. There he finds an enormous territory. Bizarre beings and beasts inhabit this land in a terrified state. Bobby and Courtney must stop the evil oppressor who rules Denduron and save the people. What Bobby must do is become a savior and accept this life threatening mission. For if he does not, Bobby will never see his family again. What Bobby does not know is that Denduron is just the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.

This book makes me want to say, “Please keep them coming MacHale!” This book is packed with breathtaking scenes and action-packed combats that will make you gasp! When the war started, the sounds of the bombs and the slingshots came to life as I read on and on, delving deeper into the battle. This passage made me feel as if I was in the combat, which makes this part my personal favorite of the book! I recommend any of the Pendragon series to anyone who loves mythical beasts and wants a book that puts a suspenseful feeling in the air! “Pendragon fans all the way!”

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