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Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here and here BREAKING THE RULES Just when fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler - to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane - he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. The only way Bobby can Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here and here BREAKING THE RULES Just when fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler - to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane - he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. The only way Bobby can stop it is to bring the antidote from another territory. Since moving items between territories is forbidden by the Traveler rules, if Bobby chooses to save Eelong he could endanger himself, his friends, and the future of every other being in Halla.


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Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here and here BREAKING THE RULES Just when fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler - to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane - he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. The only way Bobby can Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here and here BREAKING THE RULES Just when fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler - to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane - he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. The only way Bobby can stop it is to bring the antidote from another territory. Since moving items between territories is forbidden by the Traveler rules, if Bobby chooses to save Eelong he could endanger himself, his friends, and the future of every other being in Halla.

30 review for Black Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Black Water (Pendragon #5), D.J. MacHale Black Water is the fifth book in the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale; it was published August 3, 2004. Four months after Mark and Courtney were faced with Saint Dane in the root cellar of the old house they find the 16th journal leading to Bobbys journey on Eelong... only the rules have been twisted around and changed. Saint Dane is trying to stir up genocide. To do so, he has poisoned the crops gathered by the races of Eelong, urged the Klee to hunt and Black Water (Pendragon #5), D.J. MacHale Black Water is the fifth book in the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale; it was published August 3, 2004. Four months after Mark and Courtney were faced with Saint Dane in the root cellar of the old house they find the 16th journal leading to Bobbys journey on Eelong... only the rules have been twisted around and changed. Saint Dane is trying to stir up genocide. To do so, he has poisoned the crops gathered by the races of Eelong, urged the Klee to hunt and eat the Gar, and arranged for Black Water to be bombarded by toxic gases. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز یازدهم ماه دسامبر سال 2011 میلادی عنوان: آب سیاه؛ نویسنده: دی.جی. مک هیل؛ مترجم: ویدا اسلامیه؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس، 1390، در 568 ص؛ فروست: پندراگن 5؛ شلبک: 9786001820250؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20 م ساکنان «ایلانگ»، در خطر نابودی، با میکروبی ناشناخته هستند. «بابی»، برای جلوگیری از بروز این خطر، تنها یک راه پیش رو دارد، و آن آوردن پادزهر، از قلمرویی دیگر است. از آنجا که قوانین مسافری، جابجا کردن اشیاء، بین قلمروهای گوناگون را، ممنوع می‌کند، اگر «بابی»، بخواهد «ایلانگ» را، نجات بدهد، خودش، دوستانش، و آینده‌ ی هر یک از موجودات «هالا» را، به خطر خواهد انداخت. ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This series really is so well-plotted. Book one: Bobby gets lucky Book two: Bobby has help, suffers a loss Book three: Bobby almost doesn’t make it, questions himself Book four: They don’t win Book five: The world starts falling apart I don’t remember this book that well - though honestly I’m not sure how I forgot it - and I found it compelling and smart. The writing is serviceable, no better, but the plot steams ahead, pulling the characters and the world with it, asking all the right questions at a This series really is so well-plotted. Book one: Bobby gets lucky Book two: Bobby has help, suffers a loss Book three: Bobby almost doesn’t make it, questions himself Book four: They don’t win Book five: The world starts falling apart I don’t remember this book that well - though honestly I’m not sure how I forgot it - and I found it compelling and smart. The writing is serviceable, no better, but the plot steams ahead, pulling the characters and the world with it, asking all the right questions at all the right times. I don’t remember much in the way of specifics, but I see why I liked this series so much in the past. Something to touch on when I get to The Quillan Games: potential similarities between The Reality Bug and Ready Player One.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adam Floyd

    This book was amazing, the characters were great as well as the action and suspense. the fifth book in the pendragon series and probably the best one since the merchant of death. i especially like what he's done with this new world, the setting takes place in a jungle, a world filled with perilous dangers, extinct animals, vicious predators,and many other new things about the new territory. but its a really good read. and the abilities of bobby pendragon and the acolytes of his are completely ne This book was amazing, the characters were great as well as the action and suspense. the fifth book in the pendragon series and probably the best one since the merchant of death. i especially like what he's done with this new world, the setting takes place in a jungle, a world filled with perilous dangers, extinct animals, vicious predators,and many other new things about the new territory. but its a really good read. and the abilities of bobby pendragon and the acolytes of his are completely new and unexpected. the traveler on this new territory is even more unpredictable. bobby pendragon just getting done with his training on zadaa with his traveler companion loor, is now on the journey to find and defeat saint dane again. this journey takes him to a jungle like world where the quigs (saint danes guardians of the flumes )are humans!!! usualy it would be a spider or a snake or even a wolf but not on this territory. the people here are even stranger, giant cats who can walk on two legs!!!they live in the trees in a village called alexandria. down below the trees is where only the brave can venture because the natural predators are the tangs, velocoraptor like creatures who only want one thing...meat. the cats of this territory have the humans as pets and laborers, they are the brave souls who go down below the village to gather food for the village. but there is more then just that village in that jungle world, beyond the mountains, there lies a place where the humans are the superior race, little does anyone know that both of their lives are about to collide and destroy the territory

  4. 4 out of 5

    Giselle

    Excellent adventure, and even if we have no answers yet, I’m still intrigued

  5. 4 out of 5

    Priya

    It was interesting, but all the books in this series are starting to get really depressing. None of them have happy endings. And seriously, who wants to keep reading books that end unhappily?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    It's officially hit a new level of "what the fuck" with this series. I think I probably yelled that at the book about ten times in the last 10 pages alone. Thank goodness I was home alone when I finished. Aghhhhh. This book was so clever. I loved that the main species in this territory wasn't human, it made it even more interesting and the world building once again was fantastic. But then- surprise- humans still exist in this territory, but not quite as expected. Shines a lot of light on the way It's officially hit a new level of "what the fuck" with this series. I think I probably yelled that at the book about ten times in the last 10 pages alone. Thank goodness I was home alone when I finished. Aghhhhh. This book was so clever. I loved that the main species in this territory wasn't human, it made it even more interesting and the world building once again was fantastic. But then- surprise- humans still exist in this territory, but not quite as expected. Shines a lot of light on the way we treat some of the beings on our planet, but I'm not here to talk about that. I'm here to talk about the book in all its glory. MacHale is so good with character development and the characters truly being unique and *themselves* the whole time. I absolutely love all of these people and characters so much. And Saint Dane is one of the most incredibly evil, vindictive, and clever villains I've ever come across and my hate for him just increased exponentially. Pendragon has got to be one of the most resourceful main characters ever and I love watching him learn as he goes. He's got a good head on his shoulders and isn't afraid to do what needs to be done. He's one of the least static and most progressive characters ever without it being overkill. He's still, after everything, under every layer, Bobby Pendragon and I admire that. I'm really loving getting to see all the different travelers from all the territories and how they interact with each other. It doesn't always run as smoothly as it could, but that's realistic and I loved it. I'm so upset that I have to wait a few hours to get my hands on the next book. I need it right now. Aghhhh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Halley Hopson

    -- Reread 2016 -- This one was always one of my favorites because it has almost all of the characters in one place at one point which has never happened before now. I also just absolutely adore the territory of Eelong and the way it is described; and especially the fact that the main beings are giant predator cat-people. Just fantastic. Black Water is definitely a huge turning point for the series in the way that it ends, which I will not get into for fear of spoilers. But this is the last of the -- Reread 2016 -- This one was always one of my favorites because it has almost all of the characters in one place at one point which has never happened before now. I also just absolutely adore the territory of Eelong and the way it is described; and especially the fact that the main beings are giant predator cat-people. Just fantastic. Black Water is definitely a huge turning point for the series in the way that it ends, which I will not get into for fear of spoilers. But this is the last of the books that I remember clearly enough to predict the ending if I am remembering correctly. I do recall bits and pieces of books six and seven as well; but the last three in the series are a complete blur to me. I am excited to move forward and discover the fate of Halla for myself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aakash Yadav

    I now really feel bad that this series isn't famous as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. The author has a wild imaganation. This book was thriling, fast paced, brilliant. There were very new things like gigs and zenzens. From now on this series will be equal to HP and PJO for me. I will highly recommend it to anybody. Looking forward for the next books in series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Orion Mullen

    That was great. Sucks that Kasha died though. I wonder how everyone is gonna get out of Eelong though? Or if they'll get out. Can't wait for the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This was a good installment in the Pendragon series. There were good plot twists, and layers that were added for the overall series story arch. Would recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bee ♡

    In this adventure Bobby travels to Eelong to find out the status of his dear friend and fellow Travel Gunny from First Earth, right off the bat he encounters a shocking twist to this territory and an unwilling Traveler and helpful but over eager acolyte. Bobby has to deal with a whole new wrench thrown in the game when he finds out that Saint Dane has mixed the territories in a deadly way all while Courtney & Mark are faced with a decision that might change the game forever. In this adventure Bobby travels to Eelong to find out the status of his dear friend and fellow Travel Gunny from First Earth, right off the bat he encounters a shocking twist to this territory and an unwilling Traveler and helpful but over eager acolyte. Bobby has to deal with a whole new wrench thrown in the game when he finds out that Saint Dane has mixed the territories in a deadly way all while Courtney & Mark are faced with a decision that might change the game forever.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heaven

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Black water was a great book and this book was one of mny books that reminded me of the first book in the series. There are 2 sides the Klee (Talking cats) and the Gars (Enslaved humans). In this book Bobby has to stay low since Gars were slaves and Bobby is a Gar. Bobby hated this since there was going to be a law passed saying Klees could eat Gars and he also had to be tied/leashed like a pet. Thorogh out this book Bobby faces a difficult problem, using things from another territory and maybe Black water was a great book and this book was one of mny books that reminded me of the first book in the series. There are 2 sides the Klee (Talking cats) and the Gars (Enslaved humans). In this book Bobby has to stay low since Gars were slaves and Bobby is a Gar. Bobby hated this since there was going to be a law passed saying Klees could eat Gars and he also had to be tied/leashed like a pet. Thorogh out this book Bobby faces a difficult problem, using things from another territory and maybe saving this one or letting Saint Dane win. "What can I say," I said after i finished the book. I kind of hated this book since Bobby went to jail many times and in much of the book he's helpless. All Bobby does is wait for help and with out the other travelers helping Bobby would all ready have lost. In this book Bobby know that no one's won since 1 traveler is dead and 2 are stuck on Eelong. I feel very compelled to read the next book since D.J. MacHale never leaves out the sespense and keeps the reader glued to the book wanting for more. I can't wait till they arrive on second earth where Bobby and his friends Mark and Courtney face off in a battle together against Saint Dane.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is my least favorite book in the series so far. It moved too slowly, and for its length, it really felt like nothing was happening. It was only with the promise of things getting better (and my own stubbornness) that I finished this. I did feel like MacHale did a good job weaving Saint Dane's "trap" without it being overly obvious. I mean, we knew something weird was happening with the flumes cracking every time Coutney and Mark used them, but I definitely didn't predict the ending happening This is my least favorite book in the series so far. It moved too slowly, and for its length, it really felt like nothing was happening. It was only with the promise of things getting better (and my own stubbornness) that I finished this. I did feel like MacHale did a good job weaving Saint Dane's "trap" without it being overly obvious. I mean, we knew something weird was happening with the flumes cracking every time Coutney and Mark used them, but I definitely didn't predict the ending happening the way it did. And then I was angry about it. I found the ending to be the strongest part, really. I really liked Kasha. I thought she was a very believable character. I mean, seriously, some random guy shows up and tells you that you can Travel to different corners of the universe and the fate of the universe rests on your shoulders. I know I wouldn't jump right into that, so the fact that Kasha didn't, either, was plausible. It also left a lot of room for her to grow throughout the story. And while I definitely wasn't happy about her death, I think it was very effective in showing the cost of their war against Saint Dane.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    The fifth book in the Pendragon series, Black Water strays from the first four in one way which to me is very intriguing. Much like the past books, the central conflict revolves around two tribes of people, but on Black Water, the controlling group are human-sized, intelligent cats and the oppressed population are seemingly unintelligent mute humans. Fascinating. Obviously, the conflict involves the human slaves rising up against their cat masters, but it is not that simple. The humans are not tr The fifth book in the Pendragon series, Black Water strays from the first four in one way which to me is very intriguing. Much like the past books, the central conflict revolves around two tribes of people, but on Black Water, the controlling group are human-sized, intelligent cats and the oppressed population are seemingly unintelligent mute humans. Fascinating. Obviously, the conflict involves the human slaves rising up against their cat masters, but it is not that simple. The humans are not trying to destroy their masters, merely escape to a legendary, if not mythical, land referred to as Black Water. Saint Dane is of course there to wreak havoc and he does so by committing a Traveler sin - bringing items from one territory to another. Unfortunately, Saint Dane is not the only Traveler doing this. As a matter of fact, the "good guys" are doing something much worse. I really enjoyed this story. The number of characters and their personalities were impressive, and the plot was interesting and more complex than I first thought it would be.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Black Water was a very good book, certainly better than The Merchant Of Death - a lousy introduction to this great series - but it still didn’t meet my expectations of a Pendragon novel. The action all felt like MacHale was waiting to really dish it out in the final scene (which was well done, by the way). I enjoyed the territory of Eelong, which felt like a breath of fresh air, with interesting, if not a little cookie-cutter, characters. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say th Black Water was a very good book, certainly better than The Merchant Of Death - a lousy introduction to this great series - but it still didn’t meet my expectations of a Pendragon novel. The action all felt like MacHale was waiting to really dish it out in the final scene (which was well done, by the way). I enjoyed the territory of Eelong, which felt like a breath of fresh air, with interesting, if not a little cookie-cutter, characters. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that Courtney and Mark finally get a piece of the action, and Spader (hobey-ho!) joins back in as well. This is a great series, and I highly recommend it. You just have to get through the first book, and it’s fine from there.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrei Biswas

    Pendragon Book 5: Black Water is of course, another action-packed story from the series of Pendragon. As good as always, no flaws. My recommendation to this book is that: READ IT!!!! If you're bored of reading Harry Potter, then it's time that you take the power of the Pendragon books in your hand. Start with any one of it, but you'll soon get the feeling. If you want action-packed scenes, heart-thumping cliffhangers, and fictional violence, get your copy of the Pendragon Book 5: Black Water tod Pendragon Book 5: Black Water is of course, another action-packed story from the series of Pendragon. As good as always, no flaws. My recommendation to this book is that: READ IT!!!! If you're bored of reading Harry Potter, then it's time that you take the power of the Pendragon books in your hand. Start with any one of it, but you'll soon get the feeling. If you want action-packed scenes, heart-thumping cliffhangers, and fictional violence, get your copy of the Pendragon Book 5: Black Water today!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Mahle

    MacHale delivered another fun book in the series. I particularly like the setting and the idea of a superior race of cats. I laughed out loud tons of times over the cat humor. On the plot, the struggle against Saint Dane is getting worn...I am looking for the author to mix it up in the next book in the series...which of course I have already started. Again, this is a great series for boys and reluctant readers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kylie カイリー Yay Apocalypse

    First time ever, I guessed Saint Dane's disguise correctly.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick G

    Great book and many twists inside!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Athimar

    I finished my first re-read of Black Water and I must admit that I found it to be a much better novel than I recalled. In Black Water, the Traveler Bobby Pendragon finds himself on the first territory where humans are not the prominent species. And no, Howard the Duck fans - the dominant creatures are not water fouls either. Rather, the most evolved class of beings on the territory of Eelong are cats - and not your average kitty cats either - BIG cats, like lions and tigers. As such, Bobby finds I finished my first re-read of Black Water and I must admit that I found it to be a much better novel than I recalled. In Black Water, the Traveler Bobby Pendragon finds himself on the first territory where humans are not the prominent species. And no, Howard the Duck fans - the dominant creatures are not water fouls either. Rather, the most evolved class of beings on the territory of Eelong are cats - and not your average kitty cats either - BIG cats, like lions and tigers. As such, Bobby finds himself in the role that other humans, Gars, have on this territory - as a slave. But that's not his only concern. After achieving victory on Veelox in the last novel, Saint Dane claims that the rules have changed. Bobby's friends, Mark and Courtney, have discovered that they too can now use the flumes, though they are not Travelers. To make matters worse, Saint Dane has brought the plague Bobby and his friends stopped on Chloral several novels back to Eelong - and only Mark and Courtney know it. They take matters into their own hands - travel to Chloral to obtain several quantities of the antidote and get it to Bobby before Saint Dane can use it against the Gars. But what effect will non-Travelers using the flumes have? And even though they are doing it to in response to Saint Dane, is bringing the antidote from Chloral - mixing the territories as Bobby was warned against - the right thing to do? You know... for once, I would like for novels or movies involving other sentient species NOT to be about prejudice or slavery. Planet of the Apes, Avatar... I mean... don't get me wrong. I know that they're perfect environments for authors wanting to address these issues... It's just... a part of me is just yearning for someone to take the Douglas Adams approach and make the story about something else entirely. Then again, perhaps the world will be be destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway if that should ever happen. This novel is highly entertaining for any number of reasons. The first is it has great characters - it makes Mark and Courtney active members in the fight against Saint Dane, not merely 'librarians' as Courtney puts it at one point. It also sees the return of Spader, the Traveler from Chloral, and Gunny, the Traveler from First Earth - both great companions of Bobby. It also introduces another great Traveler, Kasha - a black panther-like cat or Klee, as they call them on Eelong - and her acolyte, Boone. The second is it really brings the reader into the overall battle for Hallah that the extremely devil like character Saint Dane is waging. All the other novels were very territory-centric - they defeated Saint Dane on Denduron, Chloral, and First Earth and they lost on Veelox, but those victories and that loss seemed localized. In this novel, while he appears to be battling for victory on Eelong, it becomes obvious, more so than ever, that the overall war is his true objective - and that Bobby will have to keep that in mind moving forward if he intends on winning out in the end. I found the novel extremely difficult to put down, despite having any number of reasons for needing to do so in my personal life these past couple of weeks. As such, I award Black Water 4.25 out of 5 stars. Thanks for the novel, D.J.! And so we go on to The Rivers of Zadaa. Hey, did I mention that there are dinosaurs in this novel? No? Well, they're are dinosaurs in this novel. So if you like dinosaurs... :-)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sean Crastien

    Overall Rating: 4/5 Story: 4/5 Characters: 4/5 World-Building: 4/5 Editing/Presentation: 4/5 Story: The story was definitely unique, in mixing the territories and bringing the acolytes in. The twist ending was also unexpected, and answered questions about some of the Traveler stuff. The story itself, though, was a bit dull and has been seen before. However, it was constructed in a unique way this time, that it can certainly be marked as good. Characters: The characters were a mix of good and bad. Pend Overall Rating: 4/5 Story: 4/5 Characters: 4/5 World-Building: 4/5 Editing/Presentation: 4/5 Story: The story was definitely unique, in mixing the territories and bringing the acolytes in. The twist ending was also unexpected, and answered questions about some of the Traveler stuff. The story itself, though, was a bit dull and has been seen before. However, it was constructed in a unique way this time, that it can certainly be marked as good. Characters: The characters were a mix of good and bad. Pendragon seemed to have fallen into the Gary Stu complex again, until the end where he became a lot more dark and seemingly depressed. I like that new twist, as it gives him more character and draws him away from that boring stereotype. Kasha seemed to me to be a copy-paste of both Loor and Courtney, the only unique aspect of her being that she didn’t want to be a Traveler; however, while that was compelling, her overall fighter character was rather boring since we’ve seen it a lot already. Boon was a more interesting character, being eager and apologetic. This book also made me feel like there was more to Saint Dane, which is definitely good, since we need to see that he’s not just pure evil for no reason. World-Building: The world-building was good. I liked that the animals and plants were given descriptions, and the details really drew in a reader. I also liked that the question was answered if there could be a different race besides humans, and it was interesting to see how the klees worked. However, it’s a bit disappointing that humans still existed on this territory, since it seems that humans must always exist. This, in turn, brings up other questions, like why are there always humans and why are a lot of the environments (of the territories) so similar to each other? I would like to see more diversity, not just for the sake of keeping things interesting and answering those questions, but also since the author is clearly trying to write about diversity. There is a diversity in the characters already, and I just think this diversity needs to be brought more to the worlds. Editing/Presentation: The green cover with the large eyes is definitely eye-catching. I liked the intertwined vines, as they can symbolize how connected and yet how tangled things are. The new cover is even more eye-catching, with the darker green colors and the larger more menacing eyes. The book could have again gone through another edit, since there were quotes literally just floating around. Otherwise, there didn’t seem to be as many mistakes in this one as in the last installments. I liked that we got to be outside of Pendragon’s journals when Mark and Courtney were included in the action, since it allowed us to see the multiple viewpoints. I think that was a slight bit rocky, but it worked and it answered one of my questions (if Pendragon were to die in a future book, we wouldn’t be able to see it if we didn’t have the outside viewpoint; though now that the flumes don’t work 100% for the acolytes, that might be a bit difficult to pull off again if needed). I would again recommend this book to a friend or anyone who’s reading the series. I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as the other books, but it did pick up towards the end and the twist was fantastic. The characters could have been more unique, and I think I would have been drawn in better. —Sean Crastien (Author of the Clear as Mud series, The Fire Phoenix, and the M.R. series)

  22. 5 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    It feels like a chore sometimes to keep on track with reading this series, primarily because I continue to feel like I can't stand Bobby Pendragon as a protagonist. But I will continue to stick with it because if nothing else, the books definitely show signs of the writing maturing with the readers when they were first published, and because I do love the side characters and the vast array of world-building. My cousin warned me about this book in particular. Jill owns the entire series, she grew It feels like a chore sometimes to keep on track with reading this series, primarily because I continue to feel like I can't stand Bobby Pendragon as a protagonist. But I will continue to stick with it because if nothing else, the books definitely show signs of the writing maturing with the readers when they were first published, and because I do love the side characters and the vast array of world-building. My cousin warned me about this book in particular. Jill owns the entire series, she grew up with it, and she warned me that two of the hardest books to get through are books three and five. Book three, because it deals with time travel to the past (and time travel is such a risky thing to play with in writing, because you have to be very cautious in order to avoid writing paradoxes,) and book five because...(view spoiler)[it deals with a race of cat people. (hide spoiler)] Personally, I think I definitely had more trouble with getting through the third book in this series because of the time travel, but I think I struggled a lot with the elements of racism and slavery in this book, because it was such a central theme and I'm not entirely sure it was handled entirely well? Let me explain: as this is another world, the races are fictive, so perhaps in that regard, the racism and slavery in this book deserves at least some measure of leniency. But it still feels very...haphazard. It's difficult for me to read with an objective mindframe, at the very least. If anyone else I know has read this and has some idea of what I'm getting at, I'm happy to talk about it with someone! It's not terrible and I think it's an important topic to address with younger readers who followed the series when it was first coming out, I just don't think it was handled as well as it could have been. Additionally, Bobby's own actions, responses and just the way that he comported himself in general on this particular territory was nothing short of infuriating. He made a complete ass of himself throughout the book, and when he wasn't being an ass, he was being an idiot. His attitude and treatment of others was appalling, and that's the tea. Also, (view spoiler)[sure is mighty convenient that MacHale chose to not only kill off Kasha but also have the Eelong flume collapse entirely. It's almost like he decided the world full of cats and JP!velociraptors didn't need to ever come back into play in the rest of the series at all. At least, that's the way it reads to me. "Here, let me introduce this world. And now I'm never going to use it. Again. I burned down the door and killed the doorperson. You're never gonna see it again." Ahem. Seems a bit lazy and cowardly to me, but I'll...try to suspend my disbelief, since I've still got five more major books to read. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maberan Potato

    Finally a Pendragon book without some god-awful reality-breaking plot point! :D I was scared at first because this is my favorite Pendragon book because shit gets real and I really didn't want to hate this one. And I didn't! :L :L It was pleasant. Allelujah. So first I really like how in this world, humans are treated like shit. So not only does Bobby have to save the world, he has to do it in one that despises him. Great. And he actually calls out Saint Dane on it and it's great. I'm starting to Finally a Pendragon book without some god-awful reality-breaking plot point! :D I was scared at first because this is my favorite Pendragon book because shit gets real and I really didn't want to hate this one. And I didn't! :L :L It was pleasant. Allelujah. So first I really like how in this world, humans are treated like shit. So not only does Bobby have to save the world, he has to do it in one that despises him. Great. And he actually calls out Saint Dane on it and it's great. I'm starting to dig their chemistry now. And yeah, shit's getting real. The 'true' narration (3rd) is like half the book because Mark and Courtney get more parts and while I'm no fan of them, it symbolizes that SHIT'S GETTING REAL. And I like that. The plot was fine even if it's always super dramatic but it starts getting their priorities straight. GOOD. The characters were fine? There were so many there wasn't much time for them to really fuck up. EXCEPT MARK WHO BASICALLY THINKS HIS FRIENDS ARE WORTH MORE THAN HALLA???? LIKE DUDE WTF but it's just one line it's not so bad. But yes Kasha was cool, Boon was cool, Bobby was cool HE GETS LIKE THREE 'REASON YOU SUCK' SPEECHES AND I WAS YEEEESSSS 10/10 The 1st person is waaay better, even if Bobby's a hostage-taker with the tension, but the third is really eeeeeh. Like everything is super dramatic, you need to see every little button push because isn't this intense?? And compared to Bobby's more humorous voice, it doesn't fit that much. My positive reviews are always boring because I don't rage, and rage fuels my creativity. IT'S GOOD OK WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME How does Cait do it I wonder. This only gets three stars because it's got one retarded line I want to see NOWHERE EVER and it's: Cunt 1: "I'm dreaming/This is a dream/I must be asleep/There's no way this is real/every other cunty rewordings" Cunt 2: "If this is a dream, we're having the same one." Fuck these lines they're literally shit literally my cat shat and it was these lines on the floor stop putting cat shit in your book for god's sake So yes. read it. It's good with fluffy rainbows.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Geordane Tabo-oy

    Reading through the author, DJ MacHale's introduction (do you do that? read introductions? try it out if you don't do it already. they're a wealth of information), he pointed out that "[we're] halfway home", and I realized that yes, what I had in my hands was the Fifth book out of the Ten intended for the series. And immediately, I had mixed feelings. First, excitement because I was halfway through a long series of books. Which is no small feat, regardless of what book series it is. Second is, of Reading through the author, DJ MacHale's introduction (do you do that? read introductions? try it out if you don't do it already. they're a wealth of information), he pointed out that "[we're] halfway home", and I realized that yes, what I had in my hands was the Fifth book out of the Ten intended for the series. And immediately, I had mixed feelings. First, excitement because I was halfway through a long series of books. Which is no small feat, regardless of what book series it is. Second is, of course, the dread for the end of a series I legitimately enjoyed. Pendragon: Black Water came at me with some pleasant surprises, like the kind of characters, enemies, and points of view! The merging of POV's in one (or more chapters) is a breath of fresh air, as the switch between the Pendragon Journal POV and the Mark+Courtney POV can get a bit...routinary, especially on its fifth book. And how the POVs merged wasn't just the author suddenly changing styles; it was done fluidly, in my opinion. And although I expect the original format of POV for the next books, I hope the author finds more ways to combine them again. Especially since I wasn't that big a fan of the Journal POV to begin with. The Journal POV isn't a bad style, mind you. But sometimes, Bobby seems like he's talking to the reader, (who doesn't know much about Bobby's pre-book life) more than he's talking to his best friend and girlfriend (who know more about him than the reader does). And that disrupts the immersion a bit. The ending was quite intense, and reminiscent of the first significant death, which I found very effective in making me want to grab the next book and jump right back into the world. But there are, unfortunately, other books that demand my attention. And I have to admit that my return to Pendragon's universe is much more enjoyable if I've had a book or two before then. This book gets: 💀💀💀💀 Dorian Skulls, a mark of recommendation, especially for people who enjoy YA, and are looking for other good ones, or people who want to get into YA and don't know where to start.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Baum

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another amazing Pendragon adventure. This installment gets into acolytes and the bigger picture of Halla. But it also includes some minor flaws. The book itself is awesome, and Pendragon fans won’t be let down. I enjoyed reading about Eelong and it brought very interesting new challenges as well as political dynamics, and even if all the possibilities of those dynamics were not fully explored. It was a great and fun read, and all the characters are developed very well. The acolyte business bring Another amazing Pendragon adventure. This installment gets into acolytes and the bigger picture of Halla. But it also includes some minor flaws. The book itself is awesome, and Pendragon fans won’t be let down. I enjoyed reading about Eelong and it brought very interesting new challenges as well as political dynamics, and even if all the possibilities of those dynamics were not fully explored. It was a great and fun read, and all the characters are developed very well. The acolyte business brings in more questions - who were Alder’s and Gunny’s acolytes all this time, and why didn’t they help in previous books? And when Mark and Courtney decide to risk the structural integrity of Halla by traveling, they didn’t think through all of their options. First of all, why didn’t they call up Press’ acolyte to get advice? He literally told them they could call him. Secondly, they could have sent Wu Yenza their message asking for Spader to do the work for them. Then, once they got Yorn’s name from the journal after that, they could have tried messaging him. I’m sure there were other options as well, such as reaching someone on Eelong indirectly by first contacting someone else such as Evangeline on Veelox. Oh well. It all still made a great adventure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aparajitabasu

    So, i'm just going to plunge again into the world of Pendragon with book #5 Black Water . Let's see how this one goes.... Here is the summary: Just when fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler -- to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane -- he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. The only way Bobby can stop it is to bring the antidote from another territo So, i'm just going to plunge again into the world of Pendragon with book #5 Black Water . Let's see how this one goes.... Here is the summary: Just when fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon thinks he understands his purpose as a Traveler -- to protect the territories of Halla from the evil Saint Dane -- he is faced with an impossible choice. The inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. The only way Bobby can stop it is to bring the antidote from another territory. Since moving items between territories is forbidden by the Traveler rules, if Bobby chooses to save Eelong he could endanger himself, his friends, and the future of every other being in Halla. As the previous Pendragon saga books go by the fifth book also follows the same formula of a new territory every book and this time its Eelong. D.J. MacHale's newest addition to the Pendragon series follows Bobby Pendragon to the jungle territory of Eelong, a world where humans are slaves and intelligent jungle cats rule the land. But there is a plague that is threatening to destroy Eelong, a plague that is hauntingly familiar to Bobby and the Travelers. Bobby soon discovers, after his failure on Veelox, that Saint Dane is changing the rules, and Bobby must make a monumental choice that will either save the territory of Eelong from total devastation, or throw all of Halla into danger. Some of the major questions that are bound to disturb the reader here - "Cats can walk, they can talk, and they keep humans as pets? What's the matter with this picture?(Kinda sound like Planet of the Apes doesn't it...with the difference of the animals that is) And since when are Mark Diamond and Courtney Chetywynde able to flume through space like their dear friend Bobby Pendragon, a fifteen year old traveler from Second Earth? Saint Dane said that the rules have changed, but have they really?" Bobby travels to Eelong in search of the evil Saint Dane. Little does he know what to expect. Back home, on Second Earth, Bobby's closest friends, Courtney and Mark, are awaiting the long expected journal from Bobby. Instead, they receive a message from another acolyte saying they need to go the flume on Second Earth. There, Mark accidentally activates the flume and Saint Dane appears before their very eyes. He tells Mark and Courtney that the rules have changed, leaving them with a small gift. After that experience Mark and Courtney do not know what to do and then all of a sudden, Bobby appears, frantically yelling and asking them what happened. When he returns to Eelong, the soon to be acolyte Boon is awaiting his return. Things are bad on Eelong, and sadly Bobby has no idea what Saint Dane's plans are for this strange planet. Boon takes Bobby to the city of Leeandra, "a city built in the air. Wooden huts of all sizes doting the sides of the trees, and busy sky bridges everywhere. The structures were high overhead and down low, with the lowest buildings only about twenty yards off the ground. The city was big. It all looked to be manufactured out of natural material. Wood, bamboo and woven vines. Nothing metal or plastic..." That is how Bobby describes the beautiful Klee city of Leeandra. But what's a Klee? Klee is what the cats on Eelong are called. Humans on Eelong are called gars. What makes this book unique to all the others is that it is the first time Bobby has been to a planet where everything is flipped. Cats are superior to humans, and humans are treated like dirt. And now Saint Dane has genocide in mind. He plans on starting the process by repealing Edict Forty - Six, which states that the Klees cannot hunt the gars. Yes as i said before a kind of visualization of the 'Planet of the Apes' besides the point that it is cats who are ruling not apes. So, Saint Dane believes that once one planet of Halla falls, they will "all tumble like dominoes." Saint Dane has Bobby thinking that this is all about Edit Forty-Six, but in all reality Saint Dane has a second agenda. Mark and Courtney decide that they MUST go to Cloral to find the traveler Spader because they believe that the same poison that was used in book number two will be used again on Eelong. Bobby thinks he has it all figured out. But that is not always the case. MacHale is a master storyteller, deftly combining hair-raising action, fantastic adventure, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting suspense, and a bit of romance into the most surprising and twisted Pendragon story yet. Anyone who is a fan of the series will breeze through this book, eagerly devouring every bit of information and ultimately waiting impatiently for the next jump into the flume. For those who have never read a Pendragon book before, this is a great place to introduce yourself to not one whole new world, but ten whole new worlds that will take your breath away. Mr. MacHale should be commended over and over again on such a wonderful piece of literary art. But the bottom line still remains that this book does suffer from some of the same problems the first four in the series did--it's told in a voice that may irritate adults, and there's a feel of too much exposition at times. Also the fact that we are going to be laundered with every information that should have been present in the series since the beginning little-by-little in the last book(don't know how you all will feel but this is my opinion) That said, I was surprised at myself to see how excited I was to grab this as soon as I saw it. Problems aside, this is a great adventure series that sucks you in quickly, with entertaining characters and even more entertaining settings. Not my favourite but is a great way for killing time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Clay

    While I think I like The Reality Bug a little more, I really loved this entry in the series. You start learning a little more about the rules of being a Traveler and how a lot of things work. I also really liked the setting of Eelong and I really liked the race of the Klees. It's really hard to talk about without spoiling a lot, but it's one of the best books In the series by far and I can't wait to read River of Zadaa.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    Just as Bobby just finished his job in Veelox he is immediately sent to the territory of Eelong inhabited by strange cats like humans where the cats are the owners and the humans are the pets. Bobby is there to stop an epidemic which has been wreaking havoc in the terriotory. But the only way for Bobby to save Eelong is to bring an item from another terriortry. Now Bobby has to choose whether or not to break the rules of the Travelers or let this epidemic wipe out a whole territory.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colorbomb

    Joseph Schiedemandel 1/31/12 Book Review Pendragon Book 5: Black Water Pendragon, or rather the Pendragon series, is a series of science fiction books about a group of people who possess the ability to travel through time and space through the use of portals called, “Flumes”. This, In my opinion, was one of the stronger entries in the series, solely because of the unique setting. For me, a books setting and characters really sell a book. If it has characters that I can relate to, or a setting that Joseph Schiedemandel 1/31/12 Book Review Pendragon Book 5: Black Water Pendragon, or rather the Pendragon series, is a series of science fiction books about a group of people who possess the ability to travel through time and space through the use of portals called, “Flumes”. This, In my opinion, was one of the stronger entries in the series, solely because of the unique setting. For me, a books setting and characters really sell a book. If it has characters that I can relate to, or a setting that just grabs my attention, I usually really like the book. However, The book was not without the obligatory misstep here and there. Let's take a closer look at this fantastic book, and examine the characterization, setting, and plot. Ah, the plot. Probably one of the most important parts of a book. The plot of this Pendragon entry appears to start the same, but quickly opens up to a strange twist that will change the course of the series. When Bobby Pendragon (Main Character) arrives on the territory of Eelong, he is greeted with the information that the territory of Eelong's evolutionary cycle went a different direction, and the dominant species of Eelong are huge humanoid cats. Bobby is treated like a pet, along with every other human on the territory. The cats, also know as, “Klee” are cruel to humans on the territory, and use them as a means of salve labor. I rather liked the idea, for it reminded me of the famous movie, “planet of the apes”. Of course, The territory is reaching its inevitable turning-point, and the travelers must do what ever can do in their power to prevent the now-demonic Saint Dane from interfering with the territory. The biggest plot twist is that all of the acolytes (friends of the travelers that volunteer to help the them indirectly) are now able to use the Flumes. Courtney and Mark (Bobby's friends) are visited by the traveler from Eelong and are informed that the crops on Eelong are being poisoned by Saint Dane. Shortly after, he drops dead with green fluid dripping from his big cat nose, for he was poisoned by Saint Dane him self. Mark and Courtney know that the only way they can inform Bobby about the poisoning is to travel to Eelong and tell Bobby face-to-face. This was a major plot twist, for it is the first time that the to story lines of Mark and Courtney and Bobby are combined. I like how all the travelers Bobby has met so far are all gathered together for the first time, as all the travelers express there thoughts about one another. It's rather funny if you ask me. The most interesting part of this book is its setting. The book takes place in an alternate territory where the sun is a belt and the dominate species are huge, tailless cats. The cats, or Klee, live in massive tree houses, and utilize solar power to power everything from trains to elevators to helicopters. The funny thing is that everything is made out of bamboo and vines, giving everything a Swiss Family Robinson feeling. The Klee rule also use humans, or Gar as they are referred to on Eelong, to do slave labor. They are used for everything from cleaning farms, manual labor, blood sport, and hunting bait. The interesting thing about the Klee is that about 80% of their food comes from game, so a Klee's main job is to hunt for a variety of birds, elk, zebras, horses, and occasionally giant lizard creatures with massive butcher knife-like arms. An interesting location in the book was Black Water, the secret Gar town that contains highly intelligent Gars that have discovered the answer to Eelong's famine. The Klee counter-part would be the city of Leeandra. Leeandra is a civilized city that uses many different technologies, like helicopters, called, “gigs”. So all in all, The setting was very well detailed, and was the most interesting part of the story, in my opinion. The characterization in this story was kind of awkward in this story, as it introduced several new characters, like the traveler from Eelong, Kasha. Kasha is to be the next traveler of Eelong, yet she is unaware of this until her father, who was the previous traveler is poisoned by Saint Dane. Kasha is developed rather slowly, as she strictly apposes all things to do with the travelers, but in the end accepts the duty of being a traveler, as it was what her father would of wanted. Unfortunately, Kasha dies at the end of the book when her head is smashed by a falling rock. Spader makes a makes a return when all the travelers are on Eelong, only to take a liking to Courtney. This was kind of strange, as it seemed like the author threw it in last minute. Bobby's character development was handled in a cliché manner, for he apparently discovers his place in the universe. Bobby is looked at as the, “lead traveler” and he is starting to act the part. All in all, the character development and characterization was probably the worst part of the book. Not to say the book was bad, I did say that it was one of the stronger entries. I just thought that the Courtney-Spader relationship could have been done away with. All in all, I really liked this book, and it was probably one of the best books in the series so far. However, there are 10 books in the series, and this was just the 5th. I only hope the 6th book is as good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lleyton Y

    I really liked how this book was so similar but so different from the real world and how cats actually keep gars(humans) as pets and as laborers. Then the gars somehow escape... who knows maybe cats could be next.....

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