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The Shadow Dragons (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica Series #4)

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Good except for one major problem

    There is a lot to enjoy in this book. The writing is even better than in the previous books, and the story has a much better pace, with little downtime and plenty of action to keep the book moving.

    Unfortunately I can't get past the character of Rose. Her origin story is so distasteful to me that it clouds my perception of the entire series. If you've read the third book (minor spoiler coming), you know that Rose is supposedly a descendent of Jesus Christ. I understand that throughout this series the author takes some artistic liberty with real people in order to use them as characters in this story. But he generally tries to stay close to the historic person, only making changes to fit the story. He doesn't make huge changes to the behaviour of the characters, and he doesn't change significant facts about their life, such as whether or not they had children.

    So I'm baffled as to why he felt the need to include Jesus, and then make drastic changes to the historical facts about his life. It certainly wasn't essential to the story of Rose, as the power she needed could have come from some other source in this fictional world. Changing the facts about Jesus's life strikes too close to home for me, and prevents me from enjoying the book. It's sad because the books continue to be more interesting, but I can't continue to read them knowing that this character will continue to disturb me for the rest of the series.

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