Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen *Alexa’s Review*

Posted December 15th, 2010 by in *Review / 2 comments

banner-review(1)Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen *Alexa’s Review*Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen
Series: Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #1
Published by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
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"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.

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

4 Stars

I was a little skeptical about this one to start off with because lets face it I’m a romance reader and I normally only read other genres because they have romance in them. I do however enjoy some sci-fi/fantasy books every now and then to break up the pattern of so much romance so this was a good book to break up the pattern. I have heard mixed things about this book from people who love the story and from people who thought it was a little bit too much with all of the pop culture references for them. The pop culture references of great legends and of famous authors are funny at times to realize just how much Owen managed to get into this book.

The story is one of great adventure when three men, John, Jack, and Charles find themselves being chased by half-human/ half-beast like creatures upon meeting a strange man. They soon find themselves on a dragon ship that takes them to an entirely different world that is at war just like their country of England. These men soon find themselves having to face down the evil Winter King when they know nothing of this world. Through many trials and tribulations the men have made a great many friends along the way that include humans, badgers, centuars, goblins, and elves. They must all come together for a big battle in order to save the lands from the evil Winter King and his shadow army.

Overall, I thought the characters were great and I came to like this magical other world that the men had traveled to. The story is one of growing up and realizing who you are even in the face of terrible events there is always light. Light/Dark and Good/Evil come together in this story that reminds people to fight for what they believe in, and to never give up hope. Do not be turned off from this book because it includes pictures at the start of each chapter. This book although great for the middle grade/early high school crowd is also valuable to everyone else. Plus the pictures are beautiful and the author creates them all himself. Do not pass up this great adventure, trust me you will be happy you went along for the ride.

Alexa

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2 Responses to “Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen *Alexa’s Review*”

  1. Elie

    Great review. I often get so caught up in new releases, that I forget about all the books written before 2010. Too many books, not enough time.

  2. Alexa

    Elie- Thank you for the compliment! 🙂 I know what you mean though, the new releases can be an overload sometimes because there are only so many hours in the day to read. I actually started this series because the author lives in AZ so he normally does some book signings around where I live. I didn't get the chance to meet him yet but I hope I will soon.

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