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Here, There Be Dragons (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    A Unique and Fun Fantasy Adventure

    I am not a fantasy lover, normally. However, I was able to ditch those prejudices against dragons and magical pirates while reading this fun story. The story is set in World War I England, for one thing, and the characters are based on real literary masters of our world. I had fun picking out the characters borrowed from other stories (my favorite being Captain Nemo) and learn how they had an impact in shaping our history. This story begins with three men, John, Jack, and Charles, who are thrust into a fantastical dimension of this world. They are enlisted aboard the Indigo Dragon (a ship with a life of its own) to help fight the evil Winter King (a man with a striking resemblance to Captain Hook) and keep him from ruling over the many diverse, supernatural lands. John is made the keeper of the Imaginarium Geographica, a magical map of the world. It is a position that has been held by former literary masters, and it is his job to use this map to find out how to destroy it if it falls into the hands of the Winter King, than he will be able find his way to the ring of power, which will, he thinks, make him invincible. James A. Owen seems to borrow character sketches and elements from other works (Captain Hook, Lord of the Rings¿ Ring Wraiths, power rings, etc) but as you continue to read you realize that these seemingly borrowed elements are the reason for this fantasy world. It¿s set in the past so authors of the future actually borrowed from this story. It becomes a prequel of the stories we grew up with. The story moves like any other fantasy novel, sticking to the canon fantasy-lovers have come to expect, but its history of literary figures is what makes this book unique. It is very cleverly written, and my favorite part is the end, when the real identities of the three heroes are revealed. This story is a fast read and doesn¿t contain any offensive material. There is a tiny bit of swearing, mostly toward the end. A twelve-year-old or an adult could read this story, and both would be drawn in to the fast-paced adventure story, and would be craving the sequel to find out what happens to the characters we have always loved.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    Great Book Overall

    I read this book very quickly. The plot us very quick and at timesit is very confusing. YOU SHIULD NOTE THAT THIS IS A 13 YEAR OLD READING A BOOK WITH ALL-ADULT CHARACTERS. So be aware that my review is from a teenage boy. Overall though, great book, great story, four stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Another Great Classic

    I love this book and the whole series! If you like the following authors you will like it too...Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Barrie
    This series reads like the (exciting) classics, and includes mythology, mystery, and adventure in every book. The audio for these books are great as well.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Pretty Good

    An interesting read if you know or have read books by different older authors. (Classic type ones) Three men, John, Jack, and Charles, (whose identity as authors are revealed at the end of the story) are brought to another world by Bert who is Caretaker to an important book of maps. Bert wants to train the three men as Caretakers. They travel into another world where old classics seem to come to life, but in reality, all old classic stories were based on the place. Soon, a villian comes into the story who eants to steal the book and use instructioms inside to summon dragons and become the ruler of the Archipelago (the land). John, Jack, and Charles have to figure out how to stop him with the help of some interesting comrades, including a boy named Bug, Captain Nemo, and a talking badger.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    all books should be this awesome

    i just got this book and already i can't put it down with all the fantasy and the adventure. so far the book is awesome.B)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2008

    Great Book to Take You Away.

    If you like The Lord of The Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, or even the Harry Potter books, you will find these books intrigueing. The author has created a world of fantasy and adventure with imperfect characters who sometimes make mistakes, but learn from them and grow. These are books that a parent can read and enjoy and share with their kids. Everyone needs to get away sometimes and a little adventure, fantasy and the occassional dragon is a great way to do it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    Synchronicity gone wild

    Owen sets the scene of his tale in a London draped in fog and mystery. The main characters are chased into another dimension where they find themselves caught up in a struggle for power between trolls dwarves and men. Dragons, are, of course, on the menu and have the ability to tip the balance of power. This tale was well written and the synchronicity was fun, if not a bit over the top. The Loch Ness monster explanation was... well, great. I look forward to the next tale. A great start and wonderful cover.

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