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Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (Eagle and Jaguar #2)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  8,414 ratings  ·  290 reviews

Alexander Cold and his best friend, Nadia, the heroes of Allende's City Of the Beasts, are reunited in a new adventure. This time, Alexander's fearless grandmother and International Geographic are taking them to another remote niche of the world -- a forbidden kingdom tucked into the frosty peaks of the Himalayas. Their task: to locate its fabled Golden Dragon, a sacred st

Paperback, 437 pages
Published March 7th 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2003)
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Nandakishore Varma
The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by bestselling author Isabel Allende is, quite simply put, a terribly bad book. The plot is utterly predictable and cliched; the characters uninteresting and uni-dimensional; and the writing bored me to tears (it may be better in the original Spanish, but I very much doubt it). The book is marketed as "young adult", but I doubt whether any discerning youngster would be enthused by it.

The story is simple. Big Bad Americans want to steal the legendary Golden Dragon
Isabel Allende is one of my favorite authors and I wasn't sure how I would react to a book that seemed to be written in response and on the coat-tails of the multi-series sci-fi/fantasy books such as the Harry Potter series.

This book does not disappoint, but I would not place it anywhere near
the authors more mature and sophisticated books such as "Daughter of Fortune" and "The House of the Spirits." My critisism comes from direct comparison to books that author has already written. If I had rea
Ariadne .
I actually read this book in Spanish and I just couldn't put it down. At first I didn't know it was a second book from a series and had no clue it was her youth books, and yet I found it refreshing. The story of Nadia and Alexander and how their adventures take place was really nice, with insight into lives we couldn't imagine with very little delicacy but a huge impact. Definitely, a good read.
Lance Greenfield
A good story, once it gets going

I have to admit that I really struggled with this book, and nearly gave up, several times, during the first hundred pages or so. I am glad that I persisted, because it is quite a good story.

What really irritated me, early on, were the stupidly ridiculous situations which were being put before me. For example, a teenage girl arrives at JFK with her pet monkey in a cardboard box; it escapes and causes havoc, but she is allowed to continue through to the transit lou
May 16, 2010 A.U.C. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: light-readers
Recommended to A.U.C. by: My Spanish teacher
I haven't really finished this book, but I have only 20 pages to go and will probably finish them tonight as I have the test on it tommorow.

Let's see... this book. Meh.

If you want to read this book, know two things; first off, if you have finished reading the 50 page first chapter, you have accomplished a feat worthy of applaud. The first chapter = bad.

But the rest of the book is fairly tolerable. The second thing is that Isabel Allende is no genius. She took a cliché topic, wasted it on "The
Aeilyn missbook S g
El primero: La ciudad de las bestias.

Es una novela escrita por la escritora chilena Isabel Allende. En el 2002 es un libro para lectores adolescentes pero creo que se acomoda perfecto a toda edad. No solo por la calidad de la aventura que se vive en ella, si no porque muestra realidades de otras culturas y como el tener un corazón limpio te permite entrar en un nivel de percepción diferente.

Es la primera parte de la trilogía Las memorias del Águila y el Jaguar. Las otras partes son El reino del
Jesus Saldivia
Okay, 3.5. It had sooooooo much potential and a lot of things were done right, but... It lacked excitement. Still good tho. I'll read the last one in the series later.
Ira Book Lover
Kembali jalan-jalan bersama neneknya Alexander, (jangan panggil aku nenek) Kate. Kali ini tim dari National Geographic pergi ke Himalaya. Mereka ingin meliput tentang patung Naga Emas milik Kerajaan Terlarang. Konon katanya Naga ini bisa meramal masa depan. Nasib kerajaan tergantung pada patung Naga Emas.
Dan rencana Kate di perjalanan sebelumnya di hutan Amazon tampaknya berhasil. Kali ini Alexander ikut tanpa perlu diajak. Dan sebagai kejutan, Kate juga mengajak Nadia.

Dan perjalanan mereka men
It is the second in Isabel Allende’s trilogy of children books (or young adult books if you wish to use that derogatory, fascist term). I have read them all since, I picked up the first part after heaving read the excellent House of Spirit. I wanted to read more of her work and this trilogy was her second most popular work. I finished the series mainly because I feel the need to finish every series that I start, in this case the quality of the series was far from my main motivation. This reminde ...more
I appreciate what these books are doing to help with my Spanish ability. The main characters are fun and interesting, though the sequel doesn't give much opportunity for character development, but mostly rehashes the development they went through in the first book. That's often hard to avoid with sequels.

I enjoyed reading the book even while I was conscious of its shortcomings. Most of the secondary characters in the book are flat and don't meet the potential Allende gave them. This is especial
Well. This was a pleasant little children's book. On the copy I read there was a quote from Literary Review 'The kind of accomplishment to show dressers that there's more to life than Harry Potter'. Really?! God. Harry Potter is far from the best thing ever but what a stupid statement. This book was average at best. Perhaps there was something lost in translation. It didn't quite deliver. It left me full but unsatisfied. Maybe it's because it's a children's book, they often leave me feeling like ...more
Otro viaje junto a Jaguar y Águila, desmintiendo las dudas y mentiras sobre mitos y leyendas, haciendo real la existencia de seres tales como los Yetis.

Llena de aventura, el libro te mantiene distraído lo suficiente, aunque no me ha gustado tanto como la ciudad de las bestias, la historia está llena de datos interesantes, me encanta la forma en como Isabel te envuelve en la misión de descubrir culturas interesantes, su sentido fantástico, en donde nada es imposible, en donde además existe un pu
The story centres around Alex Cold, his friend Nadia and his grandmother Kate. They travel to the Forbidden Kingdom, a remote Himalayan country as part of International Geographic assignment. The King of the Forbidden Kingdom is rumoured to possess a treasure that enables him to tell the future and it is called the Golden Dragon. The bad guy in the story is the Collector who no longer wants to be the second richest man in the world and engages the services of the Specialist to steal the Golden D ...more
William Crosby
This is a sequel. I did not read the first book, but that did not seem to hinder my understanding of this book since the author did some recaps of prior events during the story and it is a different plot.

Mixes commentary on diverse cultures and values with a plot which moves along swiftly.

Has Buddhist elements and includes 2 teens who have totemic animals. The action takes place primarily in a kingdom in the Himalayas.

Has several strong female characters: a grandmother who is on a journalist as
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
This is a middle-grade/YA (but suitable for all ages) adventure that reminded me in its tone and themes of A Wrinkle in Time and other favorites from my childhood. In this novel a boy who can turn into a panther and girl who can turn into a white eagle travel to a place very much like Bhutan, but where magic works. The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon is so called because there is a golden dragon statue that lives in a secret chamber in the palace and guides the king, providing wisdom and foreknowle ...more
Beatriz Rosales
Es el segundo libro de una trilogía, el cual leí primero por no tener "La ciudad de las bestias". Es el relato de una aventura fantastica que ocurre en las montañas del Himalaya, en donde se situa el Reino del Dragón Dorado, un pueblo imaginario y pacifista que cae en la mira de un ladrón internacional, que está dispuesto a robar el mayor tesoro que posee ese reino.
La narrativa alterna de la vida de un maestro lama, Tensing, poseedor de una fortaleza mas alla de los hombres comunes, que esta ins
Luis Suarez
Excelente libro. Me devolvio la admiracion que sentia por Isabel Allende. Es superinteresante, porque te adentra en la cultura de los monjes tibetanos y el budismo en si; describiendo sus origenes y la manera que se ha conservado hasta hoy en dia. Tambien, ahonda sobre la cultura asiatica en general. La narracion te engancha desde la primera pagina y los personajes son excelentes, con cada quien tomando su papel y desempeñandolo de la menjor manera. Ademas, tiene ese realismo magico de aventura, ...more
Vicky Cese
Apr 24, 2015 Vicky Cese rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody who wants to live an adventure for a little while
Recommended to Vicky by: my mom ♥
Repito señores: es Isabel Allende
O sea... ¿Qué esperaban?
Ella es asombrosa. Escriba para quién escriba.
Se tiene que tener en cuenta que está dirigida para un público juvenil, y probablemente esa sea la razón de que a muchos de sus fans no les haya gustado esta propuesta de la autora.
Pero si leen el libro y lo empiezan a analizar desde lo que está escrito en ESE libro en vez de compararlo con otros que ella escribió, podrían disfrutarlo mucho más.

Particularmente pienso que, a pesar de ser la seg
María Greene
Este libro, al igual que el primero, tiene harta acción, harta aventura, y es perfecto para niños, y también para adultos, si uno quiere leer algo livianito y soñador. Sigue la tónica del primero, agregando el plus que uno ya se ha encariñado con los personajes, aunque eso también significa que se echa de menos a la abuela, que acá sale menos.

SIN EMBARGO, al igual que en el anterior, me molesta la estigmatización de los buenos y los malos, y etcétera, tan típicos en los mundos simplones que suel
Libro per ragazzi che si legge con piacere, aiutato da una scrittura semplice e scorrevole.
Il libro è in realtà il seguito de La Città delle Bestie, ma nonostante la mancata lettura del primo volume non si fa fatica a seguire la narrazione (anche se il legame dei due protagonisti, sicuramente approfondito nel primo libro, qui è dato per scontato, così come i loro "poteri" e capacità paranormali).
L'avventura che vede Alexander e Nadia come protagonisti è piuttosto scontata: alcuni cattivoni vera
Odd Catrina
Este segundo libro de la trilogía de Memorias del jaguar y el águila por la autora chilena, narra la segunda aventura de Alexander y Nadia en las tierras heladas del Tibet, para descubrir los secretos del Reino Prohibido, oculto entre los picos del Himalaya. El relato tiene misterio, traición, seres místicos y una descripción magnífica del espectacular paisaje de este rincón del mundo. Mi favorito de la saga y causante de mi profundo deseo por conocer esta región. - Ana Pau

Encuentra más reseñas
Sol  Gonzalez
Después de este tomo, comienzo a pensar que los personajes son demasiado Estadounidenses para una novela latinoamericana, pero todos tienen sus gustos.

Nuevamente nos encontramos con Nadia y Alexander, ahora en camino para el tibet, en donde la abuela nuevamente piensa que no pasará nada y que su nieto y la niña a la que cuida se encontrarán seguros y aburridos. Nada mas lejos de la realidad.

En lo personal, el mejor de la trilogía, debido a los paisajes y al mistiscismo que involucra en esta ocas
not finishing this. BO-riiiiiiiiiing.
I am sooo disappointed in this.

I love Allende and don't mind middle grade fiction, but YA/Middle Grade fiction is NOT Allende's forte!

I thought it would be a bit more realistic in regards to the civilizations/terrain they encountered. But instead of a nuanced view, we mostly get a exaggerated, Hollywood-ized version - a la Indiana Jones, or perhaps H. Rider Haggard. Romanticizing an entire culture or religion is as problematic for me as demonising it.

As a side note on the translation - this bo
Isabel Heredia
The way the story was written alternating between Dil Bahadur/Tensing and Alexander/Nadia I enjoy greatly, because it adds a bit to the suspense of what will happen next. The setting is also amazing, I loved the way Allende described the Himalayan Mountains and the fictional Forbiden Kingdom. The plot was one that had twists at many points that did you not expect, and it kept the novel interesting. The thing that I strongly disliked was the way it was written, I don't know if that's because I re ...more
Cami Lorusso

Nuevamente nos adentramos en el realismo mágico y la fantasía de Isabel Allende. En esta oportunidad siguiendo las aventuras de Nadia y Alexander. Si leyeron el primer libro de esta trilogía: La ciudad de las bestias, entenderán de quien hablo. Sino, lo aprenderán en este libro. Ya que lo genial de estos libros, es que por más que sean historias continuadas, cada una trata sobre una aventura, y no es una saga, por lo tanto si no lees un libro, podrás ente

Tra le cime innevate dell'Himalaya, un regno pacifico isolato dal resto del mondo e privo delle tecnologie moderne, i cui abitanti vivono in armonia con la natura. Un uomo talmente avido che per impadronirsi del leggendario Drago d'oro - la preziosa statua che si dica possa predire il futuro - sarà disposto a tutto. Un re saggio e privo di qualsiasi vanità. Suo figlio, partito 6 anni prima insieme ad un monaco buddista per essere formato a diventare il nuo
Laura V.
Posiblemente sea un atrevimiento decir que tal vez este libro me gustó más de lo que esperaba xD

A pesar de que casi la mitad del libro es algo introductorio, en el momento en el que la verdadera "acción" comienza las cosas se ponen bastante interesantes. Terminé el libro con una sonrisa y con muchísimas ganas de leer más sobre las aventuras de Nadia y Alex, y de la pobre Kate.
Aunque, debo admitir, que en este libro sentí un poco a los chicos como personajes secundarios, no tienen realmente el p
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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at s ...more
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