Book Review: “The Rivers of Zadaa”

“The Rivers of Zadaa (Pendragon #6)” by D. J. MacHale

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Bought

Other Pendragon books

Summary from Goodreads:

The battle continues. The struggle of good versus evil continues as Bobby Pendragon follows Saint Dane to the territory of Zadaa. Saint Dane’s influence has fueled the fire of discontent between two warring tribes: the Rokador and the Batu. This is also the territory where the Traveler Loor lives as a member of the Batu. Together she and Bobby must work to thwart Saint Dane’s efforts to destroy Zadaa.

But as Bobby pursues Saint Dane, he begins to notice changes in himself. He is no longer a flip kid looking for excitement. He is a young man beginning to see this quest as more than a series of adventures. He is also learning that as a Traveler, he has powers no normal human should have.

In this latest installment of Bobby Pendragon’s battle to save humanity, discovery and danger go hand in hand as D. J. MacHale takes readers on an emotional thrill ride they won’t soon forget..


It would be very easy to get boring and repetitive in a series like this. There are 10 different worlds so in each book Bobby and other travelers must go to new world to stop Saint Dane from destroying it. While that is what happens in each book, MacHale is still able to keep things new and fresh with each world. The mythos of the travelers keeps building in each book which I enjoy. There is still so much we don’t know about them but MacHale is sprinkling in little things to keep things interesting.

The maturity keeps growing in each book. It’s not a bad thing. The books are still appropriate for older elementary kids but the author is taking into account that Bobby and the readers are growing up. Things aren’t always black and white. There is a lot of gray area. The battle is moving closer to home.

The bottom line? Another great installment. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

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