Denduron is lost, Veelox was lost, Quillan is lost……Second Earth is at a tipping point, and Halla is crumbling. It is dark and foreboding. Saint Dane appears to have won and Halla is falling. The future of Earth Third Earth has turned from a beautiful place where people lived in harmony with nature into a ravaged scorched earth filled with suffering. Obviously, the vision of the ideal Ravinian society did not work. Also, it seems to be a simple matter for the Travelers to go back to First Earth and stop Mark from giving the ring to Nevva thus stopping the rise of the Ravinians before it starts.
Bobby instead chose to fight the powerful Ravinians on Second Earth. Baffling, but, maybe there is a reason to be explained in Book I am definitely ready for the last Pendragon book to see how this is all resolved. I am the Director of ForCarol. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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I had a hard time putting it down and there is no way that I will not be purchasing the next one so I can find out what happens next! Now eighteen, his struggle to save Halla is harder than ever, and everything he's ever done has come down to this. He must save Halla from an extremely evil man, Saint Dane, who is trying to merge all of the worlds into one. Saint Dane is not only trying to mix territories, which is something that Travelers are not supposed to do, but he is also trying to create the perfect group of people who will follow under him.
What will he do with the "not perfect" people? He will take care of them. Saint Dane plans on controlling all of Halla, and he will decide what he thinks is right for the people of the territories. He believes he is doing right by deciding people's destinies for them and not letting them make their own decisions. Pendragon, on the other hand, thinks that people should make the decisions of their lives on their own. The battle for Halla. The internal battle of Bobby Pendragon. The battle of the people of the territories. And the battle between Saint Dane and Pendragon. This is what it is all coming down to.
As with all Pendragon books, there are so many twists and turns in the plot that by the end of the book, I can barely remember what happened in the book for more than two or three days. This is in no way a bad thing, as I can pick up the series any time and still be surprised by the story, and especially when a new book comes out, I have an excuse to have a mini-vacation and re-read the entire series.
But with Raven Rise, I could barely remember what happened at the beginning of the book when I was finished. This is the best Pendragon to date. I came in expecting to be surprised by plot twists and I came out having my brain literally blown to pieces by the sheer awesome power that emanated from this book. In the previous episodes, we constantly hear about Saint Dane's plan to contr ol all the territories and recently we've heard a lot about the Convergence. The story starts after Bobby trapped himself and demonic Saint Dane on the tropical Ibara, yet it seems that his sacrifice was pointless for the Convergence has already begun.
On Third Earth, Patrick wakes up to a dystopian future Earth. Nevva is disguised as Telleo trying to get Bobby to fall in love with her; no luck and lets a few minor details slip. Bobby then finds out that Saint Dane has escaped Ibara, and goes after his to his home territory Second Earth. A cult leader named Alexander Naymeer an English idealist, brainwashed by Saint Dane is creating chaos with Ravinia the name of the cult.
Bobby, Alder, Mark, and Courtney try to avoid the Ravinians while looking for the leader of the rebellion. In a giant battle known as the Bronx Massacre almost half the characters die or at least seem to be dead leaving clinchers for the next book , and Saint Dane seems to have won. Yet the ending gives readers hope for Bobby and the travelers. So literally all hell has broken loose. Although the previous book should be called for "where-all-hell-started-to-break-loose". Machale has completely discarded all the formula he used in the previous books and its chaotic and to some extent I've been expecting it since I began reading it, we'll take of this later.
Bobby Pendragon is now grown and his decisions have not gotten any easier.
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The bond of friendships are still what make him such an endearing and flawed character. Halla is pretty chaotic and things are not as they are meant to be. That premise drives the book, shakes up former realities and brings us one step closer to understanding what is really going on in this Matrix-like world of adventure. This installment of Pendragon is both exhilarating and disappointing all at the same time. There is so much going on and so much to take in from the past books that the bulk of adventure from any one territory is muted, which disappoints me because I love the individual experiences on each of the territories.
I still am lingering on the past descriptive genius of unique territories such as Cloral and Eelong! The cool part is that the story line all still works well and I could not put this book down. I felt that this whole book was the lets watch the hero be stupid so that when he gets his act together later it will be more impressive part of the story. Now I can stand that for a chapter or two, but not a whole book. It got very old for me very quickly. All that you need form this book to get to the last one is a page or two on the few actions important to the plot.
I do hope that the next book, the "hero has his act together". The battle for Halla. The internal battle of Bobby Pendragon. The battle of the people of the territories. And the battle between Saint Dane and Pendragon. This is what it is all coming down to. Bottom line is its good but don't waste your money borrow it from a friend. Jun 02, Amy rated it liked it. I'm sorry, but this book depressed me imensley. I still enjoy the series and will undoubtedly read the 10th and final book. But this one was really hard to get to. The world is coming to an end, everything was going wrong, and it never got any better.
I don't know if the point was to give them more to fix in the last book, but it seemed so hopeless. Raven Rise Pendragon, 9 , D. Oct 08, Lacy rated it liked it. In the ninth installment of Bobby Pendragon's quest to save Halla from the clutches of Saint Dane, things go from crummy to worse. Mark and Courtney don't know what to believe when Saint Dane tells them that Bobby has given up the fight, don't know what they've started when Mark loses his traveler ring, and don't know what to do when they return to a Second Earth where nothing is as it once was.
These books are really interesting to me on a craft level. On the one hand, the plotting is top notch; In the ninth installment of Bobby Pendragon's quest to save Halla from the clutches of Saint Dane, things go from crummy to worse. On the one hand, the plotting is top notch; with most of this series, I think I see the final twist coming, I usually predict one right, and then WHAM! Something comes flying in out of left field that I never anticipated.
But it doesn't feel like a cheat. It's just really excellent story telling. On the other hand, I find myself pretty much constantly annoyed with some of the actual writing. MacHale is a perfect example of telling instead of showing. What he normally does is show us something and then tell us about it. Close your eyes; I'll put some lights on. He didn't want me to be uncomfortable when he flicked on the lights. I'd have thanked him if I hadn't wanted to hurt him. MacHale is trying for the easy conversationalism and sarcasm of Bobby's internal monologue, but really, he just succeeds in telling us the same thing twice.
And he does it over and over and over again throughout the book. The tome's pages could probably have been trimmed by a third by an editor with a canny eye. As it is, I spend a lot of time skimming with these books. Also, his tenses bother me. Everything Bobby writes in his journals is in the past tense. Even things that are still true. If he means, "I love Coke," as in, he still loves it even when he is writing the journal, he will nevertheless say "I loved Coke," as if the love had passed.
I know, it's a grammarian thing, but it bugs the heck out of me and has for all nine books. But that's the interesting part. I still love the story. I'm still coming back for more. Definitely good for guys, especially guys who like a series they can sink their teeth into. But girls will probably like it just as much. Hooray for female characters who kick ass!
Aug 03, Amy rated it it was amazing. This is probably my favorite one of the series!! I laughed, cried, and made people slightly scared for my sanity as I yelled "Oh that did NOT just happen! As MacHale told me at the BEA Conference, the last 3 books are a series of their own because things really start to go down. I finally see what he means. The fabric of Halla is disintegrating and at the start of the book, Bobby is out of play.
You get to see the point of view of different travelers instead of just Mark, Courtney and Bobby. Things really start to get messed up on the territories as you try to figure out what exactly Saint Dane has planned. Things also get personal for Bobby, Mark and Courtney as the fight is taken to their home, Second Earth. The only thing I didn't quite understand was how Tello could be Nevva when Nevva took Mark's ring on First Earth and the entrance to the flume to Ibara was closed off.
The only thing I could think of was that Saint Dane had the flume dug up long before we thought or he did it faster than we thought since I don't think Tello went missing for a while. Overall, it wasn't really clear how this happened. Even with the confusion, this books was packed full of action, shock and awe! The ending, especially, will leave you in shock and awe. There is so much that happened but to keep from blathering on I will just say read the book and have the 10th handy, because you are just going to want to jump right into the next book: Jul 19, Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it Shelves: Reviewed by Shyanne for TeensReadToo.
It is just as exciting as the rest and keeps you wanting more. I had a hard time putting it down and there is no way that I will not be purchasing the next one so I can find out what happens next! Now eighteen, his struggle to save Halla is harder than ever, and everything he's ever done has come down to this. He must save Halla from an extremely evil man, Saint Dane, who is trying to merge all of the worlds into one. Saint Dane is not only trying to mix territories, which is something that Travelers are not supposed to do, but he is also trying to create the perfect group of people who will follow under him.
What will he do with the "not perfect" people? He will take care of them. Saint Dane plans on controlling all of Halla, and he will decide what he thinks is right for the people of the territories. He believes he is doing right by deciding people's destinies for them and not letting them make their own decisions.
Pendragon, on the other hand, thinks that people should make the decisions of their lives on their own. Nov 25, Niloo N rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 5 comments. I had to process this for, like, a day before I could come up with a review. But now that I've thought it over It wasn't so bad. It was definitely not my favorite of the series, but it wasn't horrendous. I just have a few issues with it. First of all, it started off kinda slow. I mean, Pendragon didn't even show up for the first a hundred pages.
What was with that?
I didn't feel like it ever DID pick up, either. Sure, there were a few weird plot twists here and there, but There wasn't a lot to it. Secondly, adding onto that, it was much too long. It was like, six hundred pages long, and only had about two or three hundred pages worth of plot. Bigger isn't better, DJ MacHale!!! The structure of the plot and the writing seems to have gotten much more careless as the series has continued.
There are the paragraphs that are like two words long, and then the run-on paragraphs that are like an entire page long! Plus there are far too many careless typos in these books, which adds to my doubt on the editor's part. I mean, the author wrote "read" when he was supposed to write "red"! Sorry, but that's, like, horrendous editing.
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It made me wince. Third, I have some issues with character development. I feel like Pendragon appealed to me more when he was a wimpy little kid. Now he's all like "Ooh I'm so awesome. I'm going to yell at people and strangle people. He just sorta annoys me, at this point. Courtney and Mark annoy me, too, but for a different reason. They haven't really changed so much; they still act like fourteen-year-olds.
I kept forgetting that they're, like, eighteen now. Okay, actually like all of the characters annoy me. But she was only on, like, the last page. And it was the best page in the entire book. Cuz Courtney is really annoying, and he never sees her anyway!! All right, I'm getting carried away with this. I guess I'll have to read the last book. Anybody know when it comes out?? Feb 04, Madie rated it really liked it Shelves: All right, so this Pendragon was quite the ride. With countless riveting twists and turns, it kept me on the edge of my seat for its entirety.
Raven Rise is, I believe, one of my favorite installments in this series, because it pulls you in and doesn't let you go.
Some people say they were quite disappointed with Raven Rise; it was all over the place, too much was happening at once, and Bobby kept making the same arguments and excuses over and over. I just picked this book up after having started All right, so this Pendragon was quite the ride.
I just picked this book up after having started the series several years ago, so I came into this installment not totally prepared for its intensity. Raven Rise is nothing like the other Pendragon books, and everything you may think you have learned throughout the series is uprooted and crushed to smithereens.
It's sort of frustrating, and a little disconcerting, but it makes you feel exactly how Bobby feels, and I love that about this book. One of the highlights of reading this was, for me, acknowledging how different it is from the previous books in the series. Bobby has grown up, there's no way around it. All of his friends do. That is what was so satisfying for me about this book; to see Bobby, Mark, Courtney and all the others starting to learn exactly what this whole crazy escapade is about.
I'm definitely looking forward to running to the library or the bookstore and finding the tenth one - it's about time I finished this series!