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awesome artwork, August 19, 2005

The Guide to the Territories of Halla Pendragon Binding: Paperback Publisher: Aladdin Publish Date: 2005/05/01 Synopsis: Introduces the peoples and places of Halla, a realm that consists of ten territories that exist across time and space
this book brings to life everything i imagined when reading the first several books. i know many people complained about this book not covering all of the territories. i am kind of glad it hasn't covered the books that have not yet been written. i would prefer to use my own imagination first. i believe there will be a follow-up to this book when the rest of the series is written.

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This tiny guide was an interesting book that showed artwork on all of the major characters, objects, and territories and provided breif descriptions of their backgrounds, purposes, and functions from the very awesome Pendragon Series by D.J. Machale. Each territory had a page that provided interesting information that was not known before; such as their currency, goegraphy, population, etc. Each character had a brief overview and a portrait. It was very neat to see some of my favirite characters depicted on the page. Now on the negative side, MacHale has said that there are 10 territories, yet, the guide only covered the territories that the first five books center around! The title does say the book is the 'Guide to the Territories of Halla' and somehow I feel slightly cheated as I was promised from the synopsis a full ride into Halla and yet I got sent home early before the trip ended. On the plus side, we did learn the names of the mysterious last two territories! So...
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This "guide" is really more a collection of illustrations that might have gone into the first five Pendragon books (in this projected ten-book series) had the publisher given the series a bigger budget. The illustrations are capably done, but not as good as the cover work of the books (different illustrator). The book does not include illustrations of two of the major characters, Mark and Courtney, which is unfortunate, while it depicts innane items, such as a cube from Black Water or the trader's skull from Merchant of Death. There is only one revelation of any significance, that being the names of the remaining two "Territories," which are only mentioned on page 48. The accompanying text is brief and sure to disappoint the Pendragon fan who will already know this information. There is some trivia on the Territories already visited that readers do not know, nor will they probably care to (what is Denduron currency worth in U.S. dollars?). All in all, this book can be leafed...
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this book brings to life everything i imagined when reading the first several books. i know many people complained about this book not covering all of the territories. i am kind of glad it hasn't covered the books that have not yet been written. i would prefer to use my own imagination first. i believe there will be a follow-up to this book when the rest of the series is written.
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