Tuesday, May 19, 2015

REVIEW: The Search for the Read Dragon by James A Owen

The Search for the Red Dragon (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #2) The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: 
The Search for the Red Dragon (2)

by James A Owen

Genre(s): Fantasy, Retellings, Adventure, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Published:  January 2008
Publisher:  Simon & Shuster

Official Summary:  "'The Crusade has begun'...

"There's an old myth in the Archipelago," he went on softly, shaking his head. "A legend, really...I recall it mentioned a Crusade, but those events happened seven centuries ago. We always thought it was only a story."

It has been nine years since John, Jack, and Charles had their great adventure in the Archipelago of Dreams and became the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica. Now they have been brought together again to solve a mystery: Someone is kidnapping the children of the Archipelago. And their only clue is a mysterious message delivered by a strange girl with artificial wings: "The Crusade has begun." Worse, they discover that all of the legendary Dragonships have disappeared as well.

The only chance they have to save the world from a centuries-old plot is to seek out the last of the Dragonships -- the Red Dragon -- in a spectacular journey that takes them from Sir James Barrie's Kensington Gardens to the Underneath of the Greek Titans of myth. With friends both familiar and new, they will travel through an extraordinary landscape where history, myth, and fable blend together to tell the oldest story in the world. And along the way, the Caretakers of the Geographica will discover that great deeds alone do not make heroes, and that growing up may be unavoidable...but growing old doesn't have to be.
 This is book 2 in the series.  Learn more about the first book, Here there be Dragons or read my review of it.
Review:  This book picks up a few years after the first one. Aven's son and other children have gone missing so our dutiful Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica go on another adventure. Aven goes with the new Caretakers and so does a young girl named Laura Glue.

This book, like the first makes popular references to people in history, books, authors, etc. However, the main focus it has this time is Peter Pan. In fact, Pan himself is in this book and we get to see, per James A Owen's world, how the legend began. It is a neat twist to the story.

I feel like this book's story flowed better than the last one. I must say , though, that if you have not read the first book, do so before this one. There are key points made that relate to the first novel, that seem like they will answer in the third. I especially liked how this book tests the characters. While the first book was about being worthy this focuses on who they are at the core.


  1. great post, i havent read any dragon books, and i didnt know this series im glad u like this book too

  2. Great review. I always look for great dragon books like this. :)


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