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The Indigo King (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #3)

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John and Jack are mystified when they discover a cryptic warning on a medieval manuscript—a warning that is not only addressed to them, but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson. But before they can discover the origins of the book, Hugo walks through a door in time—and vanishes into the past.

In that moment, the world begins to change. Now, the Archipelag
Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sep 13, 2014 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As James Owen notes in his afterword, is based on a stroll in 1931 with J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Hugo Dyson, discussing Christianity as mythology versus religion and the author's desire to "mess with the convention of the tales that everyone knows": King Arthur, Merlin and Mordred; Odysseus, Circe and Calypso, even Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee, Hank Morgan. Of course, there are dragons and dragonships; time-travel paradoxes. Lots of humor, especially the badgers, and nonstop action. Hi ...more
The best in the series, so far! Loved, loved, LOVED it!

The thing I love about the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series is that they keep you guessing! You think you have it all figured out, only to be proven wrong a few pages later. This was one such book - I could NOT put it down!

The Indigo King focuses on the mysterious Cartographer this time around. Much like how Dumbledore shows Harry the history of Voldemort and how he came to be, Jules Verne shows John, Jack and Charles the hi
May 22, 2015 Valentina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily my favourite in the series so far. It isn't about the Caretakers traveling to the Archipelago to fight some evil - no, this book's plot is much more complicated. I loved the time-travel and its complexity. We finally got answers to some questions, but Indigo King also opened new possibilities that I can't wait to explore in the sequels.

Also, what's there not to like about a sassy owl?
Jan 02, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the Dragon books so far... by a long shot. The time travel is complex and fascinating. I love the shift from "reactionary protectors to future-minded motivated instigators" by the very end of the text. It seems to be setting up the rest of the series for an interesting and important shift in focus.

The references this time were not only academic but also pop culture - and funny. I loved Captain Jack Harkness's time travel watch, oops, I mean the watch Hank Morgan was using. The Mo
A strong continuation of the unique fantasy series that begins with Here, There Be Dragons. Interestingly what makes this series unique is the features which are not unique. Yes this series has pretty much a combination of all kinds of mythic, fairytale and fantasy characters from Peter Pan to Captain Nemo or even characters who are real like Jules Verne. The uniqueness of the series is however how the author blends these various ideas together to create a singular story within each book. It cou ...more
Jun 09, 2008 Daanon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to compare to the previous two books in the series because it takes on completely different narrative. Unlike the last two books in the series it does not follow the formula of the caretakers being brought to the Archipelago of Dreams to thwart an effort by a dark force to take control of the lands of myth. Unfortunately to tell you how it's different would give away too much. It's an entirely satisfying read and if you've been burning with curiosity as to identity of the Cartographer ...more
Deborah Darsie
Feb 22, 2013 Deborah Darsie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy; Time Travel; legends; myth
Shelves: read-youth
This series is supposed to be youth fiction...but it is pretty darned wonderful for us grownups, too!

Still more mind-warping interweaving of time, paradox, legends and myths with side dishes of history, personal growth, magical dimensions alongside our more mundane dimension.

Familiar characters and warped familiar characters...the reader ends up exploring how people can change...or stay the same...or not. Learning about various historical figures and wondering how much is real\true and wondering
Jul 07, 2009 Rosary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Yes, it's a young adult book, but it's well written, has great characters, and is fantastically literate. The plot is also fast moving, and it's rather great fun to see how Owens takes some great literary names and plays with them.

I have to say that ultimately I think these are better books than the Potter series.
Jul 17, 2008 Angelique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story!! James is such a superb storyteller. It was captivating and kept me on the hook from the beginning to the end. I love the humor that is littered through out and especially the references to the Cubs being a symbol of hope! I can't recommend this series of books enough.
Apr 07, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about mind boggling, the caretakers (also known non-fictionally as famous writers from history) have got themselves mixed-up is a trap of time travel. Very entertaining and I must say I am even more curious how the next book will go. They prove that one persons actions can dramatically effect A LOT more than just the person making the decisions/ doing the action.
They learn a little more about how experiences can make a person who they are or rather a person has a choice... a choice of who
What a fantastic web this book weaves! This book has a very strong plot on time travel. An aspect of the book I was not expecting but honestly I think it made for a wonderful addition to the series.

There is a rule when time traveling all should be aware of. And that is that one small change in history can forever alter the present... and not always for the good. This time our heroes must find out what happened in the past and try to fix it. Time is short and answers are limited. There is a heav
Luciana Darce
Dec 09, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cheguei à conclusão que o gosto pelas crônicas da Imaginarium Geographica é algo que se adquire de forma gradual. Você começa em Here, There Be Dragons achando a idéia interessante, mas relativamente inocente, sem grandes ‘ohs’ e ‘ahs’. Aí você vai para The Search for the Red Dragon e começa a ler e escorregar até a pontinha da poltrona enquanto segura a respiração esperando a próxima grande revelação, a próxima grande virada. Então você chega no The Indigo King e... caramba, você acaba de se ap ...more
R. C.
May 17, 2009 R. C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book has more action and better humor than the first two. We get to meet Hugo Dyson, the Inkling who said to Tolkien, “Oh, god, no more Elves!” Since it's the end of the series, I feel I should write something about it as a whole. I must beg your forgiveness in advance. I am going to compare this book to Harry Potter.

The writing, the style, of the Harry Potter books wasn't stellar (except compared to this book) but it got better; the first book was after all written to the average twe
Jun 09, 2010 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Books that involve too much time travel make my brain hurt. I thought this one was going to give me an aneurism. This is much more about time travel and the implications of the time paradox then anything else. Yikes. And it still had lots of the holes/problems of the first two. Granted, I think I liked the story of this one best - finding out who the cartographer is. But, I am utterly unsatisfied with the way it ended. Learning that there were additional conflicts between who the Winter King was ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the most fantastic I have read in a very long time. It's the third book of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica and it bests is predecessors, Here There Be Dragons and the Search for the Red Dragon. In this book, John and Jack and Chaz (who is a form of Charles - a person Charles could have been, so to speak) must discover the past of their adversary because a friend of theirs, Hugo, screwed something up in the past when he accidentally went back in time and accident ...more
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John and Jack are mystified when they discover a cryptic warning on a medieval manuscript—a warning that is not only addressed to them, but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson. But before they can discover the origins of the book, Hugo walks through a door in time—and vanishes into the past.

In that moment, the world begins to change. Now, the Archipelago of Dreams and our world both suffer under the reign of the cruel and terrible Winter King. Dark beasts

Mar 12, 2013 Nigarsan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Indigo King by James A.Owens
This book is about three scholars going on an adventure to a fantasy-based world where myths,legends and history all come back to here.When their fellow friend walks into a door through time,they soon face the results oft.Now that both two worlds are in danger,they go through time to find a way to stop it.But soon they face an old enemy who wants revenge on them,they investigate a question that was asked long ago:Who is the Cartographer?Through time ,they find c
Oct 10, 2011 Littlebearries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica
by James A. Owen

Story Title: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Ending: 5/5

John, Jack and Charles, three young men from Oxford, find themselves called to duty to care for what is possibly the most well protected book ever, the Imaginarium Geographica.

Character Likability:
John: The Principal Caretaker of the Imaginarium Geographica, John is logical, wise and patient. He’s not only likeable, he endears himself to the reader with his compassion and at t
Keerthana Batchu
This was the best so far. It explored so many theories of time itself and frankly, it made my head hurt. I found The Indigo King to be a blend of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and contemporary time travel theories. Instead of using a Pensieve for witnessing memories, the three companions used an Infernal Device to travel back in time and learn the nature of their adversaries.

Time travel will always be a concept that will make my head hurt because it leaves the door wide open for altern
Aug 04, 2010 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-fiction
The 3rd book in the 'Chronciles of the Imaginarium Geographica' Series by the brilliant James Owen. I can't understand what's going on about 1/4 of the time but these books are great.

This was a hard one to rate. In some ways it was my favorite, but there was one major concept they through in that I hated and it kinda ruined it for me. However, the book is still extremely intelligent, with lots of interesting concepts working through the time travel theme. And I LOVE time travel themes.

We're intr
Ji Mei
Oh, I found this book exciting! I have started this series again, since it took forever it seemed for this one to come out and well, I happened to never get back to it until now, so this is the first time I read this book out of the series. This one was just as amazing! I like how Owen added new characters, yet they feel as if they were never gone to begin with. The plot was really interesting and a lot more dynamic than the first and second. My mind was boggled with the time-travelling, multi-d ...more
Terri M.
Mar 20, 2016 Terri M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy and Science Fiction
This series gets more and more complicated the more books that are added to the series. It might be necessary to go back to Book 1 to understand Book 2. Time travel makes my head hurt!
A few years ago I discovered the novel Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. This is the first book in the 7 books series known as the “The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica” which follows the lives of Jack, John and Charles as they battle the forces of evil in an effort to
The Indigo King is the third in The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen. I think the first book, Here, There Be Dragons, is still my favorite, but The Indigo King is right up there with it.

There is a lot to keep track of here - with some characters having three or more names as we encounter them throughout history. I could have used a glossary of characters like the one included in Inkdeath. And, as with Inkdeath, I think I will want to read this one again sometime now th
Oct 19, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I really enjoy James Owen's Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, and I am by no means a fan of epic fantasy. Generally, if a book comes with a map and a glossary, I'm gone, and here's a whole series about maps and glossaries! (Even if the books don't actually include them.)

What draws me in are the twisty plots and the incorporation of various world mythologies. Owen doesn't just base his fantasy lands on one particular mythology, nor does he simply mix elements of different mytholog
Nov 02, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third adventure in the series mainly features Jack and John...Charles being conveniently away when this unexpected challenge/adventure finds them. Hugo Dyson, a friend, is introduced to readers, when he is thrown into the adventure. He may not know where he is or why he's there, but, he is perhaps *safer* than Jack and least temporarily. For after Hugo disappears through the mystery-door-that-appears-out-of-nowhere, and that mystery door is shut by some well-meaning animals from th ...more
This one had a rather different feel from the first two, especially in the beginning. Their first "journey," so to speak, took them to an environment that was much darker than anything we'd seen previously. Initially, I was thinking it had kind of a Tim Burton feel, but then I started finding it much creepier than that, but I couldn't quite place what it reminded me of. Then I made the mistake of pondering the matter while I was in bed, and that did not make going to sleep any easier. I still ha ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is so ambitious, I hardly know where to start when talking about it. It has a Casaubon-like goal, I think, of getting at the Key to all Mythologies. At the same time, it works as a fast-paced adventure tale. This, the third volume in the series, continues Owen's plan of bringing Greek and Arthurian mythologies together: we get Merlin and Mordred (in various incarnations) as the children of Odysseus. John, Jack, and Charles (but especially the first two) reprise their roles as caretak ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, rev, ya
This series has a very old-fashioned sense of fantasy, and I mean that in a good way. It's quite complex and intellectual, with adult protagonists who nonetheless approach a parallel fantasy world with insatiable curiosity and a childlike sense of goodness. There are lots of literary and mythological references that may go over young readers' heads (or maybe not, since they are still in school and I have forgotten much of what they are in the process of learning), but the book stands without the ...more
I go back and forth on what I think about this series. In some ways it has been very unique but in a lot of it's basic elements it is a lot like a lot of other fantasy novels. If you are a big fan of epic and classical fantasy (like Lord of the Rings, Sword of Shanara, and Dragon Lance) then you would probably really like this series. It is always fun to see how the author ties together seemingly unrelated fairy tales, legends, and classic fiction, and even their authors.

As far as the third book
Dec 31, 2010 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the Imaginarium Geographica trilogy brings back some of the old friends from the first two books - John, Jack and Charles, naturally, and also Bert - but it also introduces some new characters: Hugo, Hank, and the badgers, Unca and Fred. The story is rather different as it concerns travelling through time rather than through the space of the archipelago. It's a complicated plot in many ways, but Owen does an excellent job of keeping things (mostly) understandable. And while th ...more
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“Like all the other arrivals to the tournament, Hank had erected a banner in front. It was a long, tapering pennant with a blue and red circular design in the center and the words GO CUBS! on both sides.
Interesting," said Hugo. "What does it mean?"
It was a gift from Sam," Hank explained as they entered the tent. "He said it used to represent Triumph over Adversity, but now better represents Impossible Quests and Lost Causes."
I think I preferred not knowing that," said Hugo.
Hank grinned. "You're a Sox fan too, hey?”
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