Book Series Review: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space


Are you a true Harry Potter fan? Probably a Percy Jackson lover? If you are either of the two then it confirms your love for adventure, fantasy and loads of mystifying moments which leave you in absolute awe.

Well, in that case there is another hidden gem or I should rather say ten hidden gems since it is a book series consisting of ten books written by D.J. MacHale, titled “Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space”.

The title of the series may not be very catchy but the individual books titled as “The Merchant of Death”,  “Black Water” or “Raven Rise” are surely going to make you flip the pages as soon as you read the first page.

This series guarantees you an exciting and enthralling adventure through places you could only imagine in your dreams. The series kicks off with its first book, titled “Pendragon: The Merchant of Death” and the last book in the series is “Pendragon: The Soldiers of Halla”.

Each book early in the series takes you to different worlds known as “territories”. MacHale has done a good job of making each territory unique, having its own characteristics and conflicts that you will learn about when you read the book. The books in the later part of the series incorporate all these territories and that’s when the story really becomes a page turner.

We are used to fancy names for the main character of the story, such as Harry Potter of the Harry Potter books, Hazel Grace or Augustus Waters of Fault in our Stars, but this series is about a boy named Bobby.  Don’t let the name fool you because Bobby Pendragon has indeed got a thrilling tale to tell through his journals.

One of the fascinating things about the series is that on several occasions, the story is actually related to real events that have occurred in the history of the world. The author has made a remarkable use of those historic events and with a twist of fiction, managed to mould it into the story perfectly.

At some points, in some of the books, the story may seem to be very basic at times but it just keeps getting better with each book. The connection between every book has been carefully woven which makes the series interesting and engrossing.

If I were to rate this book series, I would rate it 4 out of 5. The four stars go for the well crafted story line; the nice back stories that leave no doubts; and the overall feel of this series which portrays not only wit and grit of the characters but also emphasizes on their emotional strengths which is relatable. It loses the star only due to some of the parts which were too basic but nothing that would keep me from giving it a re read. It is surely recommended.

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