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

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

by James A. Owen
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Here, There Be Dragons (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica Series #1) by James A. Owen

The Imaginarium Geographica

"What is it?" John asked.

The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.

"It is the world, my boy," he said. "All the world, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the world, and it is yours to save or lose."

An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica — an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.

Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds. And in the process, they will share a great adventure filled with clues that lead readers to the surprise revelation of the legendary storytellers these men will one day become.

An extraordinary journey of myth, magic, and mystery, Here, There Be Dragons introduces James A. Owen as a formidable new talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416912279
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 09/26/2006
Series: Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 518,778
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

James A. Owen is the author of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, the creator of the critically acclaimed Starchild graphic novel series, and the author of the Mythworld series of novels. He is also founder and executive director of Coppervale International, a comic book company that also publishes magazines and develops and produces television and film projects. He lives in Arizona. Visit him at HereThereBeDragons.net.

James A. Owen is the author of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, the creator of the critically acclaimed Starchild graphic novel series, and the author of the Mythworld series of novels. He is also founder and executive director of Coppervale International, a comic book company that also publishes magazines and develops and produces television and film projects. He lives in Arizona. Visit him at HereThereBeDragons.net.

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Alyssa Gilbert More than 1 year ago
I am writing in reply to a review I read that said the author had not done his research. This review stated many errors that you may find if you had not read the complete series. For instance, this reviewer pointed out that Jack was not given his nickname by his brother, it was his own idea. But if you were to read the second book, you would find that Jack does confess to this fact. I suppose the reason for this review is to remind people not to write off a series due to some inaccuracies. Because, as it is a series, one book (especially the first) has the purpose of opening doors for future books to come. This series is incredible, do not give up on it if you did not like the first book. The series is fascinating and causes the reader to think. You will thoroughly enjoy this series.
EmeraldPen More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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psycheKK More than 1 year ago
By the time I had read the first third of this book, I began formulating an equation in my head to describe the story.  I had to adjust my proportions slightly as I read further, but I was delighted to find that by the time I had read the last page, my equation was justified. Here is my equation:  This book, text and illustrations, is two parts C.S. Lewis; two parts Jules Verne; two parts mythology (all mythology); one part H.G. Wells; one part T.H. White; one part Tolkien; and one part Victorian fairy tales and fiction (which would include George MacDonald, J. M. Barrie, Conan Doyle, Dickens, Arthur Rackham and the PreRaphaelites).  And all tied together with humor and a fresh and unique voice. Other readers might adjust their numbers, and probably with their own personal bias.  But no matter how the math is done, the parts should add up to a perfect 10.
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I was really disappointed with this book. The theme was excellent, the "world behind the veil" was inciting and interesting, the characters had serious potential... but thats just it. Nothing was completely fleshed out or described. This one book alone could have been a series of at least 3 books, but it just left me hanging. I wanted to get lost in this world, but James Owen didn't give me enough details and descriptions to do so. I was so disappointed I will not read anything else from this author.
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One of the best books.
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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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