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The Lost City of Faar (Pendragon) Paperback – January 1, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
Book 2 of 10 in the Pendragon Series

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From Publishers Weekly

In this second adventure in the Pendragon Quartet, readers find 14-year-old Bobby Pendragon traveling through the "flume" to Cloral with his Uncle Press, in pursuit of Saint Dane. This waterworld with a vague Australian/Atlantis air will likely intrigue fans who enjoyed the aquatic world of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the teamwork escape aspect of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Bobby is still uncertain about what happened to his family after he was recruited as a "Traveler," a heroic role that first pitted him against the shapechanging monster, Saint Dane, in the series' debut, The Merchant of Death. It's a radically different life from that of junior high student in Stony Brook, Conn., where his friends Mark and Courtney eagerly await the journals in which he updates them with the latest events from various colorful "Territories." In the fabled city of Faar, beneath the waves, Bobby meets Spader, who is also a Traveler, and quickly becomes his first mate. Unbeknownst to Spader, his submerged city is partially responsible for the peace felt above the surface in the floating habitats. When Saint Dane decides to annihilate Faar, Bobby and his Traveler buddies must race to outwit the villain. MacHale embellishes his science fiction with just enough silly touches to leaven the mood; for instance, when the magic ring that Bobby gave Mark twitches (which means it's about to "deliver" Bobby's journals), it expands so that Mark must remove it, and the glowing stone transforms into a "black hole," spewing musical notes and light. Next up: The Never War, which will feature First Earth, circa 1937. Ages 10-up.
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Grade 5-8-Just back from saving the population of Denduron from the evil shape-changer Saint Dane in The Merchant of Death (Aladdin, 2002), 14-year-old Bobby Pendragon and his Uncle Press are fluming off again, this time to Cloral, where Saint Dane is again causing mayhem. In this beautiful blue-green world covered with water, Bobby learns to navigate via water sled, lives and works on one of the giant floating habitats that serve as farms and factories as well as homes, and makes friends with Vo Spader, an expert aquaneer. The mission is to find the legendary lost city of Faar before Saint Dane can use it in his quest to control the universe. The story is long, the action is fast and furious, and things aren't exactly calm back on Second Earth, as Bobby's Connecticut friends follow the story via the journals he sends back. The town bully has discovered one of the pages and is threatening to expose Bobby's secret mission to the police (who have no idea why Bobby and his family have disappeared) if Mark and Courtney don't share the journals with him. The science is thin but the ideas are clever and the descriptions inviting and easy to picture. Character development is minimal and limited to fairly stereotypical good guys and bad guys. However, the teenaged protagonists enlist readers' sympathy and involvement and the nonstop plot developments keep the many pages turning and readers wanting more. As the situation on Cloral is resolved, the stage is set for the next book in the series.
Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
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Product Details

  • Series: Pendragon (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Repackage ed. edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780743437325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743437325
  • ASIN: 0743437322
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my opinion, Pendragon-The Lost City of Faar, by D.J. MacHale, is definitely the best book in the series so far. The story is about a 14 year-old boy named Bobby Pendragon. Bobby "flumes" to different territories to help them through their "turning point." In this book Bobby flumes to Cloral, which is a territory entirely covered with water. There, he finds the evil Saint Dane who attempts to push territories into chaos. In this story, Saint Dane is attempting to throw Cloral into total chaos by poisoning their food supply. During the course of the story, Bobby encounters many unforeseen dangers. However, the real question is, can Bobby help to save Cloral and restore the territory back to peace?
This book was a very exciting book to read. I loved how it starts up right from where the first book, The Merchant of Death, left off. The author describes all of the new territories and characters in EXCELLENT detail. I felt as if I was in the story experiencing everything Bobby was. The author also keeps the reader in suspense throughout the entire book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an action-packed fantasy with a "futuristic" feel to it. I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read the third one in the series!!!
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I'll admit that this book is aimed at a little lower reading level then I am at(I'm 15 in an Honors English class)but I love the Pendragon series. The Merchant of Death was a great book and it would have been hard for another book to beat it, but Faar does so, and with flying colors. The locations are fantastic, the action intense and the suspense high. The only complaint I have for this series is that the events that happen around Mark and Courtney seem boring compared to the story Pendragon is expirencing. Mark's character is kind of unbelievable and lame. However don't let that discourage you from reading this book.
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I recently read the first book in this series, and while there were many things I found problematic, I did enjoy it very much.

So I read this book about...4 weeks ago? And Im not going to give an excuse, but the turnout of the book didn't motivate me to write this review. I think as a Pendragon fan, I enjoyed it, but there were some things I didn't connect with that I connected with better with the original. Why dont I just highlight the pros and the cons.

What I liked:

I love the new character Vo Spader. Booby wasn't vague in describing that he looked Asian(or rather I think it'd be better to state East Asian)looking up the fan art confirmed how I saw him. Very handsome, East Asian, with a big, infectious smile. Im not sure if the author does this intentionally, but I like how Bobby meets characters of color, and it's not an issue, or a racial thing, or even a thing in general. So far, of the travelers he's met so far, one has been one, one black(and a girl) and one asian.

I like that this heritage isn't just shared amongst only the white folk, where we have to just sit back and be amazed by them. Im being completely sarcastic, but a part of that is true.

Vo was very gregarious, and he wasn't written to be or prove anything to the story, he just was.

I think I kind of liked the world, but I'll go into the issues with the world building in the cons section. I think I still like the idea that there isn't just one world out there, I connect with that aspect of it the most.

What I didn't connect with:

Oh the grammar. Still horrible as ever. I keep wondering why Bobby does all that telling. He's not 3, I think he's capable of structuring his sentences a lot better than the author allows him to.
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The Pendragon series gets better with the second book. Bobby Pendragon begins to accept his role as a traveler and is forced to become a mentor as well. The traveler role becomes clearer in this book, and Cloral is a very interesting world with all of its high-tech water-based technology. MacHale keeps the series interesting by continuing to surpass his creativity with each new world that Bobby and the travelers encounter while trying to foil Saint Dane's plans to destroy Halla(The Universe).

I also liked the newer element of time travel that relates to a realm we all understand--Second Earth(Earth).

This book is fast-paced and intriguing--those are the two elements I look for when reading a book. The Pendragon series has satisfied those conditions thus far.

I hope the rest in the series are as good as the first two are.
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A Kid's Review on May 4, 2003
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This book is simply, AWESOME! I really enjoyed The Merchant of Death and I waited a long time for the sequel to come out. The Lost City of Faar is, if this is possible, better than the first one. There is a lot of suspense in this book as Bobby Pendragon and Uncle Press continue their adventures through time and space. In this book, they go to the territory of Cloral (a water world), where they have to find out what Saint Dane's newest evil scheme is. Will they survive? Find out in The Lost City of Faar...
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A Kid's Review on March 18, 2003
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This book is truly one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put it down, and it is really hard for me to sit around and wait for the next Pendragon book to come out. For those of you fantasy fans this is the perfect book filled with action, adventure, and magic. So I suggest buying this book immediately.
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