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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 said softly, shaking his head."A legend really...I recall it mentioned a Crusade, but those events happened eight 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 caretak...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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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...more
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
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...more
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
Once again, pretty good. I actually think that the first one was a bit better though.
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
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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
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...more

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...more
Elizabeth Qualia
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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
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
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...more
Aug 11, 2012 k.wing rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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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...more
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...more
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.
Paula Howard
In the Search for the Red Dragon our three hero must leave the "real" world and once again travel to the Archipelago of Dreams. In their 1st adventure, they inadvertently disturbed time while in the Keeper of time. John, Jack and Charles (Tolkein, Lewis and Matthews) meet up once again with Bert (Wells) to solve the problem of time and the disappearance of children from both worlds. Pan (John Barrie) gives assistance to our heroes. The Search for the Red Dragon is a wonderful journey through the...more
I am really starting to appreciate this series more and more, it is interesting how James Owen pulls every type of genre and myth into his own story and I like that about the book... but at the same time I feel like it is a cheap shot or a short cut. Yes the story was all his idea but most of the "meat" of the story is borrowed from other stories, myths, and legends that all ready exist. It is almost like the author is taking the credit from well know authors like; C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolkien, J.M....more
This book picks up a few years after the first one. Aven's son and other children have gone missing so our dutiful Caretakers go on another adventure. Aven goes with the 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.

Deborah Darsie
Feb 14, 2013 Deborah Darsie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy; Dimensional
Shelves: read-youth
Zowie. So many "guest" appearances by historical, fictional and legendary people and their stories all woven into a 2nd volume of the world known documented in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica!

We see the return of Jack, John and Charles because one of the Lost Children finds her way to the Caretaker of the Geographica (and not the Caretaker she expected!) to summon them to solve a new disaster. And save the worlds in all their phases...

We learn more about Aven, Bert, Artus and numer...more
Apr 25, 2011 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Ever wonder how the Loch Ness monster got to a lake in Scotland? Ever wonder how C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Barrie and Dickens came up with their imaginative stories? This series of books (so far two, and this is the second) creatively weaves all of those books you've loved together in a rich tapestry set at the turn of the century.

In your lovely local library, it should be classified as Teen Fiction or Science Fiction. I recommend it for very strong reading teens, especially those who...more
Kristi FitzGerald
James A. Owen is a good writer but his books are a little bit overly packed with information. I love the educational historical quality and the characters aren't bad, but it's sometimes hard to get attached to them because there's so much happening and so many people involved. You do get attached in that you like revisiting them in the series but like I said, a lot happens. What I love though is the identities of John, Jack and Charles. And he does gradually paint their pictures throughout. I lo...more
Kristy Powers
Anyone who likes Tolkien, Lewis, Barrie, Greek mythology, and youth fiction should check out this series of books. You do have to start with the first book, Here, There Be Dragons, because there is a huge reveal at the end of that book. If you keep in mind that this is youth fiction, you might be able to overlook some of the clunkiness. Don't expect Lewis-calibre writing. (I could have just as easily said Barrie-calibre or Tolkien-calibre. ;)

This series is really good for the classics lover who...more
UPDATE : finish this book and started on reading the 3rd book.

“Life is so unfair because it is you whose vision is too small. Mistakes may become opportunities; accidents may become a chance for redemption. What seems unbalanced in a moment may become level over time, if only the canvas upon which your lives are painted is large enough" - Oh, Morgaine, Morgaine, how can you be so wise?

I LOVE how Owen neatly tied various myth. Here in this book there's a reference to Peter Pan, James Barrie, Harr...more
The book the search for the red dragon by James Owen was a suspence filled action packed book with more than one special surprise. This book got me really thinking about my own fictional writing. I admire the way that James can include so many myths into one book like all of the Greek ones to Norse ones and even peter pan to top it all off. The way that that were imcorperated into the book amazed me. The book made me think and guess for every next page and then in the end when the biggest surpr...more
This was a lot of fun. I love picking out the stories and characters the author throws in from other books. There was plenty of action and drama and humor. I loved getting to know the characters better and the new ones were interesting. There are a lot of twists and turns which made for a fun ride.

I was a little disappointed in the relationship between Aven and her sort-of husband. They're not married and it's 'okay'. I don't like stories which pass off relationships like this as normal and acce...more
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