The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Series #1)
Title: The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Series #1)
Author: D.J. MacHale
SF TEEN MACHALE
Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon finds himself on an amazing journey in an interdimensional world where he is involved in important battles and conflicts that will have an effect on the outcome of human existence.
In Pendragon: The Merchant of Death, D.J. MacHale, the creator of several popular television series and Afterschool Specials, transplants the Pendragon name from Arthurian legend to modern-day junior high school. Fourteen- year-old Bobby Pendragon has it all; he’s smart, popular, and a star basketball player in quiet Stony Brook, Connecticut. But a visit from Uncle Press soon topples all of that as Bobby learns that he is a Traveler, someone who can ride “flumes” through time and space. Bobby lands in Denduron, a medieval world where the gentle Milago are enslaved by the Bedoowan, and it’s Bobby’s job to free them. He reluctantly teams up with Loor—a girl his age from the warrior-territory of Zadaa—and other Travelers, recounting his adventures in journals that are magically transported back to his friends Mark and Courtney in Stony Brook. These first-person journals at times feel contrived—they’re riddled with terms like “coolio” and “bizarro” and gnarly descriptions of vile sights and smells—but the book’s thumping story soon scrubs away all such concern. The Merchant of Death keeps the pages flipping with steady action and near-constant mortal peril for its heroes, promising that both this and future volumes in the Pendragon series should be eagerly devoured. (Ages 10 and older) —D.J. Morel