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

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"'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 Care
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 16, 2015 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The Search for the Red Dragon picks up 9 years after the events in the first book. It finds our two protagonists, John and Charles called to London by the their friend and third protagonist Jack. The three friends are soon called back to the Archipelago to deal with a crisis: the disappearance of all the children.

Overall, I did not like this book as much as I if the first. I found the pacing to be a lot more slow and I was not feeling inclined to pick it back up when I put it down. However, I pr
Just as awesome as its prequel. I love how Owen ties multiple myths neatly in together; makes one wonder if they weren't all connected to begin with!

P.S - Charles, I know there's an age thing here but, MARRY ME!

UPDATED AFTER RE-READ: I think I figured out the event and the change this time around... If only there was some way to confirm it :(
The story starts with the touch of Peter Pan.

And then comes various Historical Figures - Sir James Barrie, Roger Bacon, Dante, Harry Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle, Amelia Earhart, Richard Burton and several others and their adventures,

Historical Events - Children’s Crusades,

Greek Mythology - Jason and Argonauts, Daedalus,

Folk Stories - “Pied Piper of Hamelin”, “Hansel and Gretel” and “Snow White”,

Ends with the hint of The Second World War.

Adventurous- this adjective is enough to define the story
Mar 05, 2013 Nigarsan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Search for the Red Dragon by James A.Owens
This book is about three professors from London named "John, Jack and Charles" go on an adventure to an imaginary world called " the Archipelago of Dreams" to help save the world from any great evil.In this book,they come back after nearly nine years after their first visit to it to investigate the disappearance of all the children and "Dragonships" in the world. Their only hope is to fine the rare Dragonship,the "Red Dragon" in order to find all o
Dec 14, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really rather pleased with the first book in the series, and even more so with the second. The author, having found his stride at the end of the first story, has managed to write a tighter novel while retaining the same clever twists and references that I found a delight in the original. Several weak characters from the first story were rounded out quite a bit in the second, and the newly introduced characters seemed more motivated (although Laura Glue reminded me so much of Suzy Blue from ...more
Liz Friend
Dec 03, 2013 Liz Friend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is Book 2 in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. This series is not for those who are looking for hot-and-heavy romance mixed with their fantasy, nor is it for those looking for magic mixed with graphic violence. It's PG fantasy, heavy on the literary allusions, and meant for middle-school readers (even though the main characters are adults.) It's a lot more fun to read than it sounds, but you have to pay attention!

John, Jack and Charles have been having strange dreams of childre
Feb 11, 2015 Lena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadly I don't remember much about the first book.One thing though that I remember strongly is the tower of time and fortunately plays a great role in this book. In this one there is a great plot which connects Peter Pan, greek mythology and of course some great literature figures. Oh and also Hudini. I loved what he did with Hudini!!The way the author connects all the dots is so great!The characters were more real in this one and we found out more about them.I think I am starting to have a favor ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Aug 23, 2014 Cynthia Egbert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really cannot express how much I love this series. I am so grateful that Shiloah introduced me to it. If you want to play amongst fairy tales and myths and classic stories and see intense connections between them all, take a romp in this series. I thought I loved the first one, but this one added my dear Peter Pan, and so I am even more smitten.

Favorite quotes:

"What if a young man, say, a painter from Austria, seemingly normal, absolutely unremarkable, was destined to one day become a terrible
Anthony Herrera27812
This book is very interesting, but it just wasn't as good as the first book, "Here, There Be Dragons.The reason I say that though is because it just wasn't as interesting as the first one, in my opinion. Although it was nice to read about the same cast of characters. The writing is very informative about Geek myths, Italian writings, and King Arthur's mythical kingdom of Avalon is what really made me continue reading this book. Another thing that is very interesting about the book is how many co ...more
Feb 09, 2014 yueyang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John, Charles, and Jack meet together when Jack starts to have nightmares. It is about Aven in trouble. When Peter Pan sends Laura Glue to send a message to sir James Barrie, using a rose,, she crash lands on the lawn of Jack's house. Her message was that the Crusade has begun. The Caretakers go to Sir Barrie and talk and use the Rose to summon Bert. Bert comes and explains to them that all the Dragonships and children are taken, including Aven and Artus's son. They set out and go to the Underla ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Jami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that this is a really cool concept.! I love the idea of famous thinkers and authors being "Caretakers" of all the fabulous lands and maps they wrote about. I really loved the first book.. & i did Enjoy this one, but it didn't seem to have that 1st book's speed or pull for me. It was a little slower, but still had some great "Gems" stuck in there. Peter Pan was in this one, along with Sir James Barrie & someone resembling Tinker Bell.. This book is in my library's y ...more
Apr 21, 2008 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, pretty good. I actually think that the first one was a bit better though.
Dec 10, 2010 Whitaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Sifa  Blackmon
Mar 20, 2016 Sifa Blackmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author takes creative concepts to the next level! Reading the summary of the book doesn't do this incredible adventure any justice. It needs to be read so that I can be appreciated and enjoyed. Owens sweeps you into the Archipelago on a whirlwind adventure tickles your memory with the stories you know and love and warps them together seamlessly and tells them in a new fresh perspective that satisfy fantasy and non fiction lovers a like. In the first volume we meet three seemingly different ...more
Rating 3.5 stars.

Book two in the series starts off about 9 years after the first.

As before familiar fairy tales, mythology, as well as real world figures are all blended and woven together throughout this story. That also turned out to be a problem for me as I was reading. Clearly the author has done his research and taken a lot of care when making this book and this world. All the fairy tales and mythology we knew didn't really happen that way in the book and some well known figures play into t
Terri M.
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 save the World. Quite a tall order for three unknown gentlemen from Oxford.

This is a wonderful series of books that draws on many of the known myths and histories laid out in our most treasured stories. The books m
Luciana Darce
Dec 09, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eu comentei o primeiro livro dessa série, Here, there be dragons no começo do mês, observando que tinha sido um início meio morno, mas ainda assim interessante. Eu tinha esperado mais do livro inicialmente e ele acabara um tanto aquém das minhas expectativas.

Talvez por ter lido este segundo volume já sem esperar demais, eu tenha realmente me surpreendido com o turno que a história tomou; a forma como Owens conseguiu explorar diferentes níveis de narrativa, não apenas intercalando, mas também uni
Jun 09, 2010 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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Erin Sterling
Another book where I didn't read the first in the series, which probably would have been helpful in explaining who the main characters were. John, Jack, and Charles (all of whom are references to real people, see if you can figure it out) are together to solve a mystery: someone is kidnapping the children of the Archipelago of Dreams. To solve the mystery, they have to find Dragonships and go on a journey that weaves together all sorts of myths and fables. While middle schoolers might enjoy the ...more
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
Elizabeth Qualia
Oct 09, 2012 Elizabeth Qualia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book rather bland. Aside from the frustrating way that Aven and Laura Glue (the only female characters) are sort of ignored unless the plot calls for a non-caretaker, the story itself wasn't very interesting. Some of that is due to the fact that it is very difficult to take well-known and loved personnas from the real-world and from books and legends and characterize them in a compelling and well-rounded way without offending readers with different ideas of how the characters should ...more
Nov 08, 2009 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books remind me of Narnia. Some good quotes from this book, "Child's logic, That's the best kind, It allows you to believe what you need to believe despite all evidence to the contrary. Children do that all the time and it works more often than you'd think." "The only way you can have hope is to not give up your child's point of view which sounds like faith." "Perpetual youth is to live one's span with the energy and vigor for life that one has as a child, it's a treasure worth seeking. It ...more
May 30, 2008 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I think I liked this one better than the first one. Not that I didn't enjoy the first one immensely, but this seemed as though the world itself had... gelled together more. I guess that's understandable because now the author has a solid world to stand in.

The story itself, the characters all seemed much more grounded, more rooted in its own past and mythology than I remember feeling them to be in the first novel. They've really come into their own now, and secondary characters seem better p
Aug 11, 2012 k.wing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves famous children's stories. You know what, just everybody.
Recommended to k.wing by: James A. Owen
What an adventure!

First word of advice if you're scrolling through the reviews of this series: STOP. Just read the books - I wish I hadn't read a review letting me know the different characters and elements of the story (so I wasn't as surprised when I read them). I didn't make all the connections when just knowing the main players, but I think I would've had more surprises had I not been expecting certain characters to pop up.

Every little thing I wanted from Here, There Be Dragons was given me
Nov 02, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 14, 2008 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen, James A. 2008. The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: The Search for the Red Dragon.

Set nine years after the close of Here There Be Dragons, The Search for the Red Dragon continues the story of one magical book and its three incredible caretakers: John, Jack, and Charles. The book opens with the three caretakers meeting for the first time in almost a decade. John and Charles received word that they were needed. Jack had been having some troubles, some troubling dreams. Their meetin
Note that this review covers both this and Here, There Be Dragons.

These books were fun. It's hard to resist anything with the literary tie-ins that this series has, and although they don't have much depth, they are fun, swashbuckling adventures, with some literary references thrown in for kicks.

I do have to wonder, though, how many of those references will actually be picked up by the target demographic (it's a teen book). And I don't mean that in a disparaging way (nor should I fail to acknowle
May 19, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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 Caretakes 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 lege
Apr 06, 2014 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The three Oxford scholars return to the Archipelago of Dreams to assist little Laura Glue find thousands of missing children that have disappeared without a trace. She is the granddaughter of Peter Pan, and as in the first book, Owen has masterfully interwoven myths and stories from Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Hansel & Gretel, Jason and the Argonauts, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and Little Red Riding Hood. Fun and nice illustrations too.
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