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Before Bobby Pendragon. Before Saint Dane. Before the war . . . Every territory of Halla has a Traveler. They lived for years—some even for decades—before learning of their true destiny. What was life like for Bobby Pendragon's fellow Travelers before they joined him in the fight to save every time and place that has ever existed? What led up to their becoming the guardian Before Bobby Pendragon. Before Saint Dane. Before the war . . . Every territory of Halla has a Traveler. They lived for years—some even for decades—before learning of their true destiny. What was life like for Bobby Pendragon's fellow Travelers before they joined him in the fight to save every time and place that has ever existed? What led up to their becoming the guardians of Halla? The answers are here! In this first of three thrilling Pendragon prequels, read about Vo Spader's death-defying adventures in the underwater world of Cloral, Gunny Van Dyke's race to find a murderer in 1930's Manhattan on First Earth, and the tough challenges Kasha faced on Eelong well before Bobby Pendragon arrived . . .


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Before Bobby Pendragon. Before Saint Dane. Before the war . . . Every territory of Halla has a Traveler. They lived for years—some even for decades—before learning of their true destiny. What was life like for Bobby Pendragon's fellow Travelers before they joined him in the fight to save every time and place that has ever existed? What led up to their becoming the guardian Before Bobby Pendragon. Before Saint Dane. Before the war . . . Every territory of Halla has a Traveler. They lived for years—some even for decades—before learning of their true destiny. What was life like for Bobby Pendragon's fellow Travelers before they joined him in the fight to save every time and place that has ever existed? What led up to their becoming the guardians of Halla? The answers are here! In this first of three thrilling Pendragon prequels, read about Vo Spader's death-defying adventures in the underwater world of Cloral, Gunny Van Dyke's race to find a murderer in 1930's Manhattan on First Earth, and the tough challenges Kasha faced on Eelong well before Bobby Pendragon arrived . . .

30 review for The Travelers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This book was pretty terrible and pointless. I only started reading this sub-series because I've read all the Pendragon books. This review will only make sense if you've read them all. The Travelers series is supposed to tell one story about each Traveler before they find out they are Travelers. This book tells the story about Kasha, Gunny, and Spader. The only reason I gave this book 2 stars was for the Spader story. The Kasha story was eh. It was a play-by-play of a couple games of whippen, a g This book was pretty terrible and pointless. I only started reading this sub-series because I've read all the Pendragon books. This review will only make sense if you've read them all. The Travelers series is supposed to tell one story about each Traveler before they find out they are Travelers. This book tells the story about Kasha, Gunny, and Spader. The only reason I gave this book 2 stars was for the Spader story. The Kasha story was eh. It was a play-by-play of a couple games of whippen, a game played on Kasha's home territory. Its incredibly boring, and probably only will interest you if you like reading about every single move in a soccer game or something. It tried to be more than it was. The Gunny story was absolutely TERRIBLE. It was BEYOND boring. I pretty much started to skim it halfway through. It was so absurd and ridiculous, and, like I said, completely snooze worthy. The Spader story was the only one that sounded remotely like any of the Pendragon books, and was the only one that will catch your attention (and it wasn't even that good). But be warned: it definitely wasn't for kids, it was really violent. We're talking multiple murders/deaths. This book definitely makes me NOT want to read the other two, but I'm going to for the sake of the series. Edited to add: it’s not even written by DJ McHale! It says “created by DJ McHale” on the front, written by someone else!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Nelson

    This was a cute collection of side stories of the various Travelers before Bobby became one. This edition features Kasha, Spader, and Gunny, and offers a little insight into their lives before Bobby and Saint Dane arrived. The stories go by quickly — I feel like they’re written at a much lower level than the main series, and offers interesting perspectives to each character. Kasha starts wondering that maybe the humans that serve her species are intelligent and capable of emotion after all; Spad This was a cute collection of side stories of the various Travelers before Bobby became one. This edition features Kasha, Spader, and Gunny, and offers a little insight into their lives before Bobby and Saint Dane arrived. The stories go by quickly — I feel like they’re written at a much lower level than the main series, and offers interesting perspectives to each character. Kasha starts wondering that maybe the humans that serve her species are intelligent and capable of emotion after all; Spader finds common ground with a person who was his rival at the Academy; Gunny helps keep a young boy who’s just lost his father on track while also trying to track down a murderer. All very different stories! It’s been a while since I’ve read these books, so it was a little hard to get back into the worlds. This was definitely written for someone who is already in the midst of the series, since it gives very little background information on the worlds or characters. Because of that, I can’t see anyone who hasn’t read the main series at all enjoying this series. It’s purely for nostalgic value and a way to revisit old friends before they become embroiled in a war with Saint Dane. Overall, it’s a fun, fast read. Fans of the series will enjoy this, but they’re also not at all necessary to enjoy the main series as a whole. Also posted on Purple People Readers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh Miller

    Loved this book just wish it would have tied in a little better to the main series but still a great read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Note: I can't review this like I normally do, because this book is actually three shorter stories. They revolve around the Travelers Kasha, Gunny, and Spader, from D.J. MacHale's Pendragon series. The stories are about what happened before the war began and Bobby dropped in. They aren't written by D.J. MacHale. I picked this up at the library because I'm such a huge fan of the Pendragon Series. I loved every page of those books. So, naturally, I figured it would be awesome to get some insight int Note: I can't review this like I normally do, because this book is actually three shorter stories. They revolve around the Travelers Kasha, Gunny, and Spader, from D.J. MacHale's Pendragon series. The stories are about what happened before the war began and Bobby dropped in. They aren't written by D.J. MacHale. I picked this up at the library because I'm such a huge fan of the Pendragon Series. I loved every page of those books. So, naturally, I figured it would be awesome to get some insight into the lives of the Travelers. I was disappointed. First, I wasn't happy to find out that D.J. MacHale didn't actually write this. The writing in this book just didn't work for me. Words were repeated over and over, sometimes in the same sentence. Dialogue was a bit sloshy in places. There was a lot of 'telling'. I was hoping for some pretty intense foreshadowing here. Like, for example, Gunny could make some reference to how he could never live without his hand. But the only real foreshadowing was that we got to see the beginning of Spader's anger problems. I had a hard time getting into Kasha's story. Gunny's was alright, but I found a plot hole that is...currently escaping my mind, but it's there. I did like the insight as to where his name came from. I liked Spader's story best. Then again, how can you not love Spader? I could actually get into his story and was anxious to find out what happened next, but the whole I-hate-you-but-if-we-want-to-survive-we'll-have-to-work-together was really cliché. I understand know why the stories were in the order that they are. First Kasha, then Gunny, and finally Spader. A lot of people will go into this just for Spader's story, so why not make them read all the others first to get there? If Spader was first, so many people would just put the book down. Overall, this disappointed me. The characters were so much less in-depth than the actual series, especially since I was pretty much expecting 243 pages of character development. I didn't like the writing, and the plots just weren't that gripping. If you've read Pendragon, you can try this if you want to, but they don't add much to the series. Three stars. Read even more reviews at http://anniesepicblog.blogspot.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    this is a disgrace to the pendragon series

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    The book has none of the charm of the original Pendragon books. I know that it is written by someone else other than D.J. MacHale but in my opinion that does not excuse the fact that this is suppose to be about the Travelers before the events of the Pendragon books. The characters are there but their personalities are lacking to the point where I was dragging my way through the book and I was not enjoying my experience. I dont think I will be finishing this series or this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brad Brushman

    Gives a little background into 3 of the travelers that help Bobby in his quest to defeat Saint Dane! This book has Kasha, Gunny, and Spader. I enjoyed learning a little about their previous lives and what they were about. I liked all three of these characters very much, but Spader was my favorite!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Lusk

    I don't understand why people hate on the sub-series so much, heaven forbid the author enlightens up with the other Traveler's stories. I actually enjoyed it, but that's probably because I love Vo Spader. Hobey Ho! Let's go!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Really good. Do you read this before or after the actual Pendragon series?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Donkers

    (reread in 2019) I love the Pendragon series but this book didn't have as much of the same sharm as the main books. I feel the stories could of been better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Levi

    Great book. I had a hard time continuing reading it after the first section.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kiara

    average rating: 3.7 stars KASHA - 3 stars GUNNY - 4 stars SPADER - 4 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Only reason that it's 3 stars instead of three is that I wanted to read more about these characters! It gets you really sucked in then changes the main character. More! :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    This book is 1 of the 3 prequels to "The Merchant of Death" where you see a short adventure to each of the Travelers in their happy life before meeting Pendragon.The first one,Kasha,takes place on Eelong, the territory where klees rule, gars work and tangs lurk. It shows her harvesting crops, playing Wippen and her relationship with her father, Seegan. The next one is Gunny's story(the stories are not in chronological order with each other)which takes place on First earth and he has to solve a m This book is 1 of the 3 prequels to "The Merchant of Death" where you see a short adventure to each of the Travelers in their happy life before meeting Pendragon.The first one,Kasha,takes place on Eelong, the territory where klees rule, gars work and tangs lurk. It shows her harvesting crops, playing Wippen and her relationship with her father, Seegan. The next one is Gunny's story(the stories are not in chronological order with each other)which takes place on First earth and he has to solve a murder mystery where his friend is framed but innocent. The last one is of Vo Spader's life just after he graduated from the academy and his rivalry with Per Watsu, including a vessel hijack with raiders. I picked up this book because it was a Pendragon book and since D.J.MacHale has done so well with adventures in Bobby's perspective, I was sure it would be as good. I finished this book because it was really good how all of the Travelers had a different adventure and not all similar like some other authors do. I would recommend this book to Thibishan because he really likes the books and would probably want to read more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    King Haddock

    The short stories about Kasha and Spader were enjoyable, if not spectacular. I did not care at all for Gunny's story, which seemed fake at most times - in dialogue, in events, and in other literary elements. The others were lacking in other areas, too, but at least they had some potential. Kasha's story had some interesting ideas - her reconsiderations over the glars and her conscience against the sport - yet it seemed that she compromised in order to win the scenario, which disturbed me. Spader's The short stories about Kasha and Spader were enjoyable, if not spectacular. I did not care at all for Gunny's story, which seemed fake at most times - in dialogue, in events, and in other literary elements. The others were lacking in other areas, too, but at least they had some potential. Kasha's story had some interesting ideas - her reconsiderations over the glars and her conscience against the sport - yet it seemed that she compromised in order to win the scenario, which disturbed me. Spader's story had great potential. I always love to see inside the workings of youth preparing for some science fiction duty or career. This definitely had that. Literary elements were stronger, but it was weak at places: dawdling in a few areas, rushing through some of the action and best twists in plot. I would not recommend these books for people who enjoy MacHale's books. While the prequel is not a BAD story, it certainly is not the same caliber as the Pendragon series itself.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sanika Bhargaw

    The first prequel to the Pendragon series follows Kasha from Eelong, Gunny from First Earth, and Spader from Cloral. Gunny's story generally ends at the point where he learns about his role as a Traveler. Kasha learns the truth about gars while her father seems to go mad, giving up a chance for a seat on the Council. Gunny's friend gets arrested for a murder, but Gunny knows he is innocent. Will Gunny solve the murder in time to save his friend along with watching over a troublesome teenage boy? The first prequel to the Pendragon series follows Kasha from Eelong, Gunny from First Earth, and Spader from Cloral. Gunny's story generally ends at the point where he learns about his role as a Traveler. Kasha learns the truth about gars while her father seems to go mad, giving up a chance for a seat on the Council. Gunny's friend gets arrested for a murder, but Gunny knows he is innocent. Will Gunny solve the murder in time to save his friend along with watching over a troublesome teenage boy? Spader works hard to complete his training as an aquaneer, but he is constantly shown up by another boy. When the two are the only survivors of a raider attack on their barge, will they work together to get themselves out safely? Filled with exciting moments, this book is a must-read for fans of the Pendragon series. For newcomers, I suggest reading the Pendragon series first before reading these books so you have a general knowledge of the territories and Travelers, etc.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mike Aragona

    Strangely enough, the stories aren't as fascinating or fun to read "straight out" compared to the regular Pendragon series where the adventures are written in diary format. This series is to give us a bit more background on the characters introduced in the main series and shows us important events in the lives of some of the other travellers.[return][return]In book 1, we're taken through the lives of Kasha (playing Wippen and her relationship to her father), Gunny (learning to trust his instinct Strangely enough, the stories aren't as fascinating or fun to read "straight out" compared to the regular Pendragon series where the adventures are written in diary format. This series is to give us a bit more background on the characters introduced in the main series and shows us important events in the lives of some of the other travellers.[return][return]In book 1, we're taken through the lives of Kasha (playing Wippen and her relationship to her father), Gunny (learning to trust his instincts and helping his neighborhood), and Vo Spader (graduating the academy and his first posting). Out of the three, I would have to say that Gunny's story is the most exciting read, followed by Spader. I guess the fact that Gunny's the most sympathetic character helps :)[return][return]The characters are all true to how they are portrayed in the main series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ian Goldberg

    I thought this book was very helpful. It was very cool and different because it was about humans and animals that talk and their story. It was the beginning of a series that I really like and it told me a lot about the series. This book is about the Pendragon series before everything really happened. It explains all of the characters in the past and all of their backgrounds. It basically explains why they all are characters are in the books. It tells everyone's story and how they grew up. I can I thought this book was very helpful. It was very cool and different because it was about humans and animals that talk and their story. It was the beginning of a series that I really like and it told me a lot about the series. This book is about the Pendragon series before everything really happened. It explains all of the characters in the past and all of their backgrounds. It basically explains why they all are characters are in the books. It tells everyone's story and how they grew up. I can connect this to the rest of the pendragon books. They have the same characters and the same plot. It answered all of the questions I had about the series and that is why I liked the book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Midgley

    Book one tells the stories of Kasha, Gunny and Spader before they were travelers. The book isn't written by DJ MacHale. On the front of the book, it says it was created by DJ MacHale; it is authored by someone else. It isn't quite the same as the other Pendragon books or as good (probably because Pendragon isn't in the book). I read the first story which was about Kasha. It turned me off the book and I didn't pick it up for a few weeks. I finally decided to finish it before it had to go back to Book one tells the stories of Kasha, Gunny and Spader before they were travelers. The book isn't written by DJ MacHale. On the front of the book, it says it was created by DJ MacHale; it is authored by someone else. It isn't quite the same as the other Pendragon books or as good (probably because Pendragon isn't in the book). I read the first story which was about Kasha. It turned me off the book and I didn't pick it up for a few weeks. I finally decided to finish it before it had to go back to the library and I actually enjoyed the last two stories, especially Spaders. The stories are about the travelers finding their inner strengths and overcomming some personal weaknesses.

  20. 4 out of 5

    June Paul

    I'll admit getting 'into' was difficult as I haven't read anything like this since my children were young - but I liked it - I enjoyed the action - and the end result of enemies learning how to appreciate each other - how they revealed what made them 'tick' and 'trigger' and how they were able to 'save' each other from total disaster . . . Is it a movie or series? I think kids and parents should read it together and if it is a film - watch it together . . . I'll admit getting 'into' was difficult as I haven't read anything like this since my children were young - but I liked it - I enjoyed the action - and the end result of enemies learning how to appreciate each other - how they revealed what made them 'tick' and 'trigger' and how they were able to 'save' each other from total disaster . . . Is it a movie or series? I think kids and parents should read it together and if it is a film - watch it together . . .

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily B.

    I was psyched to pick this book up at the library because I had been a huge fan of the Pendragon series for years. While the short stories here lacked the energy of the original books, they made up for it in character development. Kasha's mind and heart opened towards creatures from other species, and Spader matured when he looked beyond a rivalry. Gunny didn't change all that much; he gave the reader "more of the same", so I found his story the weakest. I still liked reading about all of their I was psyched to pick this book up at the library because I had been a huge fan of the Pendragon series for years. While the short stories here lacked the energy of the original books, they made up for it in character development. Kasha's mind and heart opened towards creatures from other species, and Spader matured when he looked beyond a rivalry. Gunny didn't change all that much; he gave the reader "more of the same", so I found his story the weakest. I still liked reading about all of their adventures, and I want to thank whoever came up with the idea for Pendragon prequels. I can't get enough of this fantastic series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    So I loved the pendragon series- its still one of my favorite series, but I didn't really like this prequel. The three stories about each traveler are just kind of lame and didn't really add any insight to these characters. Mainly the writing style is not anywhere near as well done as d.j. Machale's original series. I think it's hard to accept a prequel that doesn't live up to the actual series it's supposed to precede. It's best if the original author writes a prequel. I won't read the next two So I loved the pendragon series- its still one of my favorite series, but I didn't really like this prequel. The three stories about each traveler are just kind of lame and didn't really add any insight to these characters. Mainly the writing style is not anywhere near as well done as d.j. Machale's original series. I think it's hard to accept a prequel that doesn't live up to the actual series it's supposed to precede. It's best if the original author writes a prequel. I won't read the next two books in this series. Too bad. I wanted more pendragon.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    For being introduced to 3 characters that come from a series called Pendragon by D.J.Machale, I was totally impressed and entertained. This book, along with the next two are written by different authors and these characters are important parts of the Pendragon world of Halla that Mr. Machale has created. I thought this author, Carla Jablonski did a fantastic job of introducing the characters in a way that, even a new reader to this series, could dig in easily and enjoy. She definitely makes me w For being introduced to 3 characters that come from a series called Pendragon by D.J.Machale, I was totally impressed and entertained. This book, along with the next two are written by different authors and these characters are important parts of the Pendragon world of Halla that Mr. Machale has created. I thought this author, Carla Jablonski did a fantastic job of introducing the characters in a way that, even a new reader to this series, could dig in easily and enjoy. She definitely makes me want to start the series and see how these characters fit in later.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nannah

    These were some nice short stories. It definitely makes me more excited to get that last book in May! Anyway, although I did enjoy them, I thought at some times that the author's tries at imitating D.J. MacHale's sense of humor . . . tried a bit too hard, but there were some lines that made me chuckle. And I felt like the character's strengths and weaknesses were really played up to be really too obvious. It was really nice to see a more in-depth look at the worlds though, and I am looking forward These were some nice short stories. It definitely makes me more excited to get that last book in May! Anyway, although I did enjoy them, I thought at some times that the author's tries at imitating D.J. MacHale's sense of humor . . . tried a bit too hard, but there were some lines that made me chuckle. And I felt like the character's strengths and weaknesses were really played up to be really too obvious. It was really nice to see a more in-depth look at the worlds though, and I am looking forward to the next book of the Travelers. :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I read this as my "book from my childhood" for my 2015 reading challenge. I didn't want to reread a book, I wanted something new. I read all of the original Pendragon series, and I read this as that book. I quite liked the stories, though there were some typos in my edition. I really liked how each of the Travelers met Press at some point in their short story. Though not a '5-star' book, it was still really good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    It wasn't so great the second time around. The stories were okay, but there wasn't anything spectacular about it like the first time around. Some parts were even dragging, and I had to encourage myself to get to the next point. However, the stories were fun, and entertaining, and they provided a glimpse into the Traveler's lives before the war began, and how these characters grew up to be a great force in the Pendragon series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael M

    I thought that the three stories that this book contains were good but not as good as the Pendragon books themselves. I thought that the best story here was the third one, the one about spader and Cloral. The other ones (Kasha's and Gunny's) were not the best. I thought this booked lackes the action that moast Pendragon books have. I am also going to read the Pendragon book ten when it comes out.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Reader Girl

    The best part of this book was being able to return to the much beloved Pendragon world. For readers who haven't read Pendragon yet, I doubt these short stories will be fulfilling and their connection certainly won't make any sense. Some of the writing is a bit forced. It's certainly worth a read, though, for people who just can't get enough Pendragon.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    if you have read the pendragon series and if you liked it. then you will love this. but you have to read the other series before this one. because it would be to confusing and you wouldn't know whats going on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    I liked learning more about the characters, but it seemed kinda out of place and unffitting from the novels the characters were based off of. Kasha's story was pretty lame, but I liked Gunny's and Spaders was o.k. but kinda seemed out of character from the Spader in the book.

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