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Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (Alexander Cold Series #2)

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    If you like fantasy you will probably like this book

    Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by Isabel Allende (published by HarperCollins) was a very strange book, I must say. It seemed to start out more like a realistic fiction book, but as it progressed it was pure fantasy. This book was about the adventure of 15-year-old Alexander Cold, his friend Nadia, and his grandmother Kate Cold in the mysterious kingdom of the Golden Dragon.
    The book begins with a prelude of sorts, with the prince Dil Bahadur and his master, Tensing, who were monks (which they called "lamas") living in the Alps. It then moved to Alexander and his grandmother living in the United States, talking about their previous trip to the Amazon. Things didn't really click until the two pieces interlocked.
    The Colds' next adventure was to the Kingdom of the Golden Dragon. Alexander's Amazon friend, Nadia, accompanied them. They met a few people also going there on their way. They included a woman named Judit Kinski, who was there to plant tulips for the king, and a man named Tex Armadillo, who seemed suspicious to Alex and Nadia. The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon was a traditional country that was very peaceful. Their rulers were taken away to train with the monks from the age of six, and were taught to be selfless and be detached from possessions.
    While at a festival in the kingdom, Nadia and several other girls from the Kingdom of the Golden Dragon were kidnapped. This was unheard of in such a peaceful country. This stirred the whole country and the entire military was on alert (the military was quite small). Alexander found out that Tex Armadillo was a major part of the group of barbarians known as the Blue Warriors who had kidnapped the girls. They were ruthless and once they had captured a girl, she almost never returned. Alexander set out to find his friend. He came across Nadia's pet monkey, Boroba, who had been ordered by her to get help. With Boroba's help, Alexander found Nadia. Dil Bahadur used telepathy, and so did Nadia, and so Dil Bahadur sensed her danger and came to her aid too. Once they had rescued Nadia and the other kidnapped girls, they discovered that this was all a plan to distract the country while Tex and his crew stole the Golden Dragon statue, an extremely valuable piece of the Kingdom of the Golden Dragon. The group then set out to catch the robbers, who had also kidnapped the king.
    I was surprised with all the odd things in this book, such as Yeti warriors, lamas in the mountains, and telepathy. It was entertaining once I got into it, but I thought that the first half or so of the book was very boring. I am not a huge fantasy fan, and that might be why I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I think my favorite quote was " 'Be calm. These are Yetis. Send them waves of warmth and compassion, as you did to the white tiger', the lama murmured." This is what Tensing was saying to Dil Bahadur when he first saw the Yetis. It pretty much sums up all the things that I thought were strange and put them in one phrase. I was surprised that by the end of the book, I was just going along with the whole telepathy and yeti thing like it was old news! I learned about the climate and geography of the Andes Mountains and about Yetis.
    I would recommend this book to people who love fantasy. I think they would love to hear about Alexander Cold's adventures with Yetis, telepathic monks, and other such events. To those people who don't like fantasy, this is not your book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2004

    A surpasser to the prequel?

    usually, sequels are worse than the original novel or movie, but in this case, i found Kingdom an exception. It was great, but the part about the Yetis was unnecessary. although it was a little predictable (i knew right away that Tex and Judit were part of a conspiracy about the golden dragon), i enjoyed it to the last page; i just couldn't put it down! it was very descriptive and i felt like i was actually in the novel; i felt the same emotions the characters did, i visualized the sights, i smelled the scents mentioned in this novel, i heard everything described. All in all, this book was great!

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