• The Soldiers of Halla

  • Pendragon, Book 10
  • By: D. J. MacHale
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (516 ratings)

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The Soldiers of Halla

By: D. J. MacHale
Narrated by: William Dufris
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It has all been leading to this. Every victory. Every loss. All the thrills and sadness; the hope and despair. Bobby Pendragon's heart-pounding journey through time and space has brought him to this epic moment. He and his fellow Travelers must join forces for one last desperate battle against Saint Dane. At stake is not only the 10th and final territory, but all that ever was or will be. Everywhere.

This is the war for Halla.

Every question is answered. Every truth is revealed.

The final battle has begun.

©2009 D.J. McHale (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Hobey-ho, let's go!

Before I begin, let me start by saying I'm going to treat this review as a sum of the entire series, considering the same narrator (William Dufris) is throughout the entirety of this absolutely wonderful book series written by D. J. MacHale. Also, I'm assuming you're not going to try and read the series out of order.

WARNING; Small spoilers ahead. (Nothing so grievous as to ruin the story!)

Pendragon. It is a name I haven't forgotten since I read the series back in my high-school days. I remember asking the school librarian for a good fantasy or sci-fi to read, telling her that I had tried the popular ones and couldn't get hooked. She thought for a moment, wracking her brain before suggesting I give the Merchant of Death a try.

Boy, am I glad I did!

While all of my other nerdy, geeky friends were invested in Harry Potter and/or Lord of the Rings, my eyes were glued to the pages of D. J. MacHale's novel. From the very beginning, the style of writing had me absolutely enthralled. The story all the way back in book one starts off with your average middle-school boy, Bobby Pendragon, being thrown through space and time with his distant (and totally cool!) relative, Uncle Press, to a world unlike the Earth we're so familiar with. As each book in this ten-book series progresses, the plot becomes thicker with mysteries, drama, and action until the final installment of the Pendragon series; The Soldiers of Halla. What had started as an innocent boy trying to solve the problems of territories ridden with trouble transformed into a battle for the very existence of all that is, was, and will be.

The author does a fantastic job of convincing the reader you're reading the journal of a fourteen year old boy who has been thrown into a situation he can barely comprehend. The part that keeps you reading is seeing (or hearing, in Audible's case) how Bobby grows and matures throughout the series. By the tenth book, gone is the scared boy. He is now a man with a war on his hands that he has to lead.

Something I love about this series is how the author switches perspectives between characters. Sometimes you'll be reading a journal from Bobby, other times the author narrates the plot back on Earth with Bobby's two best friends, Courtney Chetwind and Mark Dimond, who are just as immersed in their best friend's journey as the reader is!

Of course, what would be a great story without an even greater villain? The author has convinced me that if there were a devil, his name would be Saint Dane. The main antagonist in this series may come off as cheesy or one-dimensional at first, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. As you read on, you discover more and more about him, usually disturbing or frightening in nature. You learn of his motives, and you can begin to see things from his perspective as well.

The story is filled with everything under the sun; blockbuster action, complex mysteries, heart-wrenching scenes, comedic relief... It really has it all! Even if you aren't convinced to buy this audio book, I *urge* you; go to your local library and request the Merchant of Death. You won't regret it, I promise. Even though Pendragon is a young adult series, it transcends age, much like Avatar the Last Airbender on television, and provides a story that young and old both can enjoy.

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