Quick Thoughts: “The Pilgrims of Rayne”

“The Pilgrims of Rayne (Pendragon #8)” by D. J. MacHale

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Bought

Other Pendragon books

Summary from Goodreads:

When Bobby Pendragon first arrives on the tropical world of Ibara, he finds paradise. There is beauty all around and the people of Ibara are blissfully happy. It’s not long before Bobby discovers, however, that they are also blissfully…oblivious.

The leaders of Ibara are keeping a devastating secret from their people, one that gives Saint Dane all the opportunity he needs to launch his final assault on Halla.

While Bobby struggles to learn the truth in time to thwart Saint Dane, Courtney Chetwynde desperately searches for Mark Diamond. On the heels of a shocking tragedy, Mark has disappeared. Worse, he seems to be under Saint Dane’s influence. It’s up to Courtney to find Mark and stop him from making a grave mistake that could change the future of all existence.

reviewJust when you thought things couldn’t get any worse…they do. MacHale is really pushing things to their limits. He’s really sucking all hope out.

I’m enjoying the exploration of good intentions. Bobby (and company) are breaking the rules and doing some maybe-not-so-good things. Is it okay for them to do since they have good intentions? Or will this come around to bite them in the butt? It’s a really interesting idea for a middle grade book.

Everything is so twisted in Halla and I love it. You really don’t know what could happen. Nothing is off limits and it’s terrifyingly exciting.

The bottom line? Hobey ho! I can’t wait to get to the next installment.

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