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Pendragon, Book 2: The Lost City of Faar

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CLORAL andlt;BRandgt; The second installment in an epic series of adventures andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon is not like other boys his age. His uncle Press is a Traveler, and, as Bobby has learned, that means Uncle Press is responsible, through his journeys, for solving interdimensional conflict wherever he encounters it. His mission is nothing less than to save the universe from ultimate evil. And he's taking Bobby along for the ride. andlt;BRandgt; Fresh from his first adventure on Denduron, Bobby finds himself in the territory of Cloral, a vast world that is entirely covered by water. Cloral is nearing a disaster of huge proportions. Reading the journals Bobby sends home, his friends learn that the desperate citizens of the endangered floating cities are on the brink of war. Can Bobby — suburban basketball star and all-around nice guy — help rid the area of marauders, and locate the legendary lost land of Faar, which may hold the key to Cloral's survival?

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In the second installment of this adventure series, Bobby Pendragon and his Uncle Press--a Traveler--are on the water world of Cloral. Something has happened to the underwater farmland and the crops are poisoned. The only hope is for Bobby to locate the legendary lost city of Faar, which may hold the key to Cloral's survival.

About the Author

D. J. MacHale is a writer, director, and producer of several

popular television series and movies that include Flight 29 Down;

Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Encyclopedia Brown, Boy

Detective; Tower of Terror; and Ghostwriter. Pendragon,

his first book series, is a #1 New York Times bestselling series.

He lives in southern California with his wife, Evangeline; his daughter,

Keaton; a golden retriever, Maggie; and a kitten, Kaboodle.

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Shoshana, December 21, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
The Lost City of Faar picks up with Bobby's second adventure thwarting the evil Saint Dane, whose goal is to destroy all worlds and all times. This time he journeys to the water world Chloral, where he teams up with a local named Spader and his Uncle Press. Together, they must identify the turning point Saint Dane will attempt to exploit and counter his attempt to throw this world into chaos.

The series' basic tasks, character roles, and terrain are similar to Diane Duane's Young Wizard series. A major difference is the presence of Courtney and Mark, witnesses who are generally removed from the action and only read about it post hoc in Bobby's journal. In The Merchant of Death, they were called upon to perform some important functions for Bobby. In the present volume, they must thwart their classmate Mitchell. Their role in the story is interesting but as-yet underused. I will hope for more involvement from them in the future.

This series has enough to offer that I've decided to keep going, but I have some misgivings about doing so. My concerns are about certain kinds of poor writing, not word choice or overuse of exposition, for example, but lack of internal consistency about the rules of the universe the author has constructed. I can live with the fact that MacHale is no stylist and that the only voice truly characterized is Bobby's. I can live with the idiocy of Mark and Courtney being frightened that Mitchell will betray them to the police and that the police would actually believe him. I can even live with the ferociously clunky ending of this volume, which has its own disturbing problems related to unreliable exposition (not unreliable narration, but actually telling the reader that events happen and then undoing them in a poorly rendered reveal). Rather, I'm talking about instances where an author undoes physics, not in a way that is consistent with the world s/he has constructed, but for authorial convenience or due to oversight. The Lost City of Faar offers several choice examples of both of these inconsistencies. If you're a person who didn't care that Niven's Ringworld rotated backward in the first edition, or about the order in which the spirits of dead people erupted from Voldemort's wand, you won't see what I'm talking about as a problem. If you have to call your friends when Homer Simpson's shirt is ripped in one shot and then suddenly not ripped in the next, heed my words: In order to enjoy the Pendragon series, you must suspend your annoyance. MacHale comes dangerously close to Funke's cavalier attitude in Inkheart and Inkspell, which can be paraphrased (to avoid spoilers) as "Gee! I don't know why that happened when it's never happened like that before and that's not how it's supposed to happen in the rules of this universe, but oh, well!" Travelers can use hypnotic powers of persuasion--except when they can't. Travelers can recognize Saint Dane in disguise--except when they can't. I will spare you my diatribe about "children's literature" that seems to be based on the assumption that children are idiots and that good crafting is not just as important as it is in adult fiction. I'm sure you can imagine how it goes.

Since I've read the third in the series and am partway through the fourth as I write this review, I can offer the observation that MacHale's writing gets better as the series progrssses, suggesting that he is aware of and attending to these concerns.
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bowenboy9212, March 20, 2007 (view all comments by bowenboy9212)
This a sweet book. It is full of adventure and unexpected twists. Pendragon Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743437325
Author:
Machale, D J
Publisher:
Aladdin Paperbacks
Author:
MacHale, D. J.
Author:
Lee, Victor
Location:
New York, N.Y
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Animals - Apes & Monkeys
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Uncles
Subject:
Animals / Apes & Monkeys
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
fantasy; Mull; Brandon Mull; Beyonders; Fablehaven; Rick Riordan; Christopher Paolini; adventure; books for boys; books for middle schoolers; books for middle school; books for ten year old; books for eleven year old; books for twelve year old; Eragon; Or
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Pendragon Quartet
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cover
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.62 x 5.12 in 9.59 oz
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , In the second installment of this adventure series, Bobby Pendragon and his Uncle Press--a Traveler--are on the water world of Cloral. Something has happened to the underwater farmland and the crops are poisoned. The only hope is for Bobby to locate the legendary lost city of Faar, which may hold the key to Cloral's survival.
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