As a young kid who read a lot of books in a short amount of time, I’ve seen my fair share of critically acclaimed best sellers. When I wasn’t playing video games or kicking a soccer ball around, I was usually inside losing myself to pages and pages of well-written fiction. My fondest memories revolve around the times I sat in front of a good book, living vicariously through the characters behind the paragraphs. My favorite book series from my youth, Pendragon, was a best-selling book about finding new worlds and dimensions. The best part was that the protagonist, Bobby Pendragon, was a normal kid just like me – he went to middle school, played sports, and had a crush on a girl he never got the chance to talk to. After an adventure with his uncle, he became a piece of, in my opinion, one of the greatest stories ever told. For more info, visit http://www.besthandymanpompanobeach.com/
A Beautifully Written book for a young boy
After going on some errands in the Bronx with his uncle, 13 year old and upstate New York native, Bobby Pendragon, is suddenly made aware that the universe as he knows it is different. After some unfortunate events leading to his separation from his uncle, Pendragon finds himself in another dimension full of strange creatures, landscapes, and people. This begins the Merchant of Death, the first of 10 novels in the Pendragon series. Each book is centered around a different “territory” within the universe the author calls “Halla”. The territory of Denduron is Pendragon’s first destination; it is there where he discovers the fundamentals of being a “traveler” – one who can jump from territory to territory.
Pendragon’s home territory, Second Earth, is one of the 10 territories that inhabit Halla. Each territory is home to different cultures, species, languages, food, and religions, which is difficult for Pendragon to understand at first. In order to travel between territories, Pendragon is given a ring by his uncle, which allows him to travel through portals called “flumes”. The territories all have their own respective travelers who are responsible for maintaining the order within the universe of Halla. As the book series continues, Pendragon’s strength as a traveler increases tremendously, and he meets an extremely colorful cast of supporting characters. Even though many of them are foreign creatures from other territories, they are all relatable to a certain degree.
Part of the reason that I think this book sold well was that it had very powerful and very descriptive settings. The worlds crafted by the author were powered by some pretty powerful imagery, and it was easy to lose yourself between the lines. The narrative is also conducted in such a way that it feels like you’re fighting evil right alongside the protagonist – there were times where times where I forgot that I was just reading a book. A lot of my childhood was sucked away by this amazing chronicle of adventure and wonder, and I owe a lot of my modern tastes for movies and books to the author of the series.
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