“The Lost City Of Faar (Pendragon #2)” by D.J. MacHale
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
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?
I was a bit skeptical of the Pendragon series after I read the first book. I didn’t hate it but I certainly wasn’t charmed by it either. The Lost City of Faar won me over. After the heavy leg work of world building in The Merchant of Death, the reader is able to enjoy the story much more. We know the basics of the world so we can sit back and enjoy the plot.
I found the territory of Cloral to be very enjoyable. I always love worlds that are drastically different than my own. I live in the desert so the idea of a whole planet being covered in water is kind of a fun idea. Then there’s the awesome technology of the world. Yes, the science and technology of the world is completely out there but that’s part of the fun of fantasy. I loved the fact that they did a bit of traveling to other territories in the book as well.
Bobby has grown up a bit. Yeah, he doesn’t fully understand what’s going on but he has a good enough idea of what to do. I really enjoyed seeing him teach another traveler the ropes. It’s a bit humorous because he doesn’t know everything. Spader was a fun character. I’d love to see him in the other books if he can get his temper under control.
The story was pretty enjoyable. I loved the description of the world and was caught up just enjoying ‘living’ in this world. It does take a while for the problems to pop up so you have ample time to enjoy the world. I wasn’t a big fan of being drug back to reality and having to save the world. 😉
The bottom line? I liked it! I’m now excited to continue with the books.