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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pendragon (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; First Edition edition (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416914188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416914181
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

D.J. MacHale is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendragon series and the Morpheus Road series. He has written, directed and produced many television series and movies for young people that have been seen on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, HBO, Showtime, PBS, Discovery Kids, and the broadcast networks. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.

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The penultimate chapter of this young adult fantasy series spans 10 worlds and multiple eras as Connecticut teenager Bobby Pendragon defends the universe from a demonic shape-shifter bent on reshaping reality in his own image. MacHale's storytelling is complex and multilayered. It's also, at times, melodramatic, which makes it not the best match for Dufris, whose gifted comic style and timing are not allowed to shine. Dufris brings a youthful exuberance to the text, excelling when reading the "journal entries" from Pendragon's point of view. But at the end of the day, his talents are underutilized. Nevertheless, followers of this series will enjoy Dufris's reading of these history-altering story lines, which lead to the final battle in Book 10. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon - Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space; the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy and the whimsical picture book The Monster Princess. The first book of his new adventure trilogy, SYLO, was published in July of 2013. In addition to his published works, he has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Flight 29 Down and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.

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Can't wait for the final book.
L. Downie
Yet the ending gives readers hope for Bobby and the travelers, but I won't give to much away for the ending is very shocking.
Jake D. Worley
The cool part is that the story line all still works well and I could not put this book down.
Jarrod T Thompson

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Magiczar on May 22, 2008
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I thought it was a good thing that I had picked up my first Pendragon book about 3 months ago. I thought well, lot of them are out already, I will not have to do the wait like I had to do for Deathly Hallows.

I was so wrong.

This ninth book in the series is truly amazing read. I had a hard time keeping it down after I received it from Amazon. The book moves very fast, although, I found a lot of explanation about things from past books, which gets boring specially when you want to read at like 100 miles an hour (if there is such a thing!). I think that could have been avoided. Ties in very well with the series, but is slightly depressing as well (you will know what I mean when you read the book).

If you havent read any books in the series, I would highly recommend start from the first one and be ready for the last book to come out (Dont know when, but I am guessing fo the benefit of promotion/ fan fare it will not be within the next 12 months).

I dont want to give any spoliers here, but I think it would have been slightly better if this book would have left the readers slightly more educated about the mysteries of travellers and halla. It is just leaving out too much for the last instalment....kind of makes the whole series last instalment heavy. Just my view...probably that works for all writers.

And it does end at a very nail biting note...you will be left on tenterhooks wanting to know- WHAT NOW? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? So be ready with a lot of theories and speculation like we have seen in the past- Is snape evil?

Hobey-Ho!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod T Thompson VINE VOICE on May 27, 2008
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This installment of Pendragon is both exhilarating and disappointing all at the same time. There is so much going on and so much to take in from the past books that the bulk of adventure from any one territory is muted, which disappoints me because I love the individual experiences on each of the territories. I still am lingering on the past descriptive genius of unique territories such as Cloral and Eelong! The cool part is that the story line all still works well and I could not put this book down. I am definitely left with more questions than answers, which leaves a tall order for finishing out the series.

Bobby Pendragon is now grown and his decisions have not gotten any easier. The bond of friendships are still what make him such an endearing and flawed character. Halla is pretty chaotic and things are not as they are meant to be. That premise drives the book, shakes up former realities and brings us one step closer to understanding what is really going on in this Matrix-like world of adventure.

You have to read this book! Please make sure you read all of the others first, though, as not doing so is pointless. DJ MacHale has done it again and I can't wait for the finale!

Hobey Ho, One Mo!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bronx Chick on June 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bobby Pendragon has grown up. It's been such a difficult ride for the young man who didn't ask for the job of Lead Traveler. He wants to understand who he is, why he is in this seemingly endless battle with Saint Dane, and why he can't just give up. Book Nine finds Bobby enjoying his retirement. The flumes of Ibara and Veelox are buried under rocks and concrete. Saint Dane is trapped. Bobby misses his friends and fellow travelers, but he feels like he's made the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard Halla.

He must also admit that, to be honest, there were selfish reasons for staying on Ibara. He was tired of the battle. He didn't want to do this anymore. He just didn't understand who all his enemies were.

The first part of the book went just a little slower than I liked. Too many pages of Bobby being happy on Ibara, too many descriptions of Bobby finding Dado body parts to throw into the sea, of how he was building new homes and rebuilding Ibara in general. Maybe this was supposed to help build tension for later on when he realizes that everything was not as perfect as he thought (I mean, this is not a spoiler: there's still one more book to go, for goodness sake!) But for building tension? That didn't work.

On the Pendragon website I read on some of the message boards that people think this book is a "filler" book, that the author contracted to write a certain number of books and this one was sort of unnnecessary (I have to agree that dedicating pages and pages to fighting with quigs was over the top). A lot happens in this book, too much to be considered totally filler. (Still, the book could have been shorter by condensing a lot of that early stuff, or keep the book this length and advance the story a bit more. I'm afraid the final book will be too packed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Kramer on July 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The title says it all. I have been reading the Pendragon series since the beginning, and honestly this one isn't as good as the others. The story line itself is set on second earth, our time, and I like where the book goes, and this battle was the best of them all, in my opinion. The thing is, though, the book is written badly. The others were just so vivid and you were actually surprised by who Saint Dane was, but now I feel like too much is given away and is being written by a child. I will still pick up the next book, which shall be the last, only to read the ending, but if the next wasn't last i wouldn't bother reading on...
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