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

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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

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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
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Luciano
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
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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
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A.U.C.
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
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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.
77ships
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
Natalie
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
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Heather Antoy Stephenson
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
Gebanuzo
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
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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
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Trak
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
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
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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
Lulu
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
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Camii Lorusso
http://disfrutando-the-vita.blogspot....

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
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Michele
http://lanostralibreria.blogspot.it/2...

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
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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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Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Kisah lanjutan dari Negeri yang buas, kali ini Jaguar dan Elang harus berhadapan dengan pemburu harta karun, harta yang sangat berharga milik kerajaan terlarang, letak kerajaan tersebut ada di atap dunia, Himalaya. Kerajaan nan mungil ini mempunyai pusaka berupa patung Naga Emas, yang akan membuat pemiliknya (dalam hal ini Raja) untuk dapat melihat masa depan, jadi mereka mempunyai cara dan solusi untuk mengatasi dan mengantisipasi, sebelum kejadian itu benar-benar terjadi.

Legenda patung naga em
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711sam
I think that this was a very good book. It is the sequel to the book City of the Beasts also by Isabel Allende. In this book the National Geographic team goes to the Kingdom of the Golden Dragon A.K.A. The Forbidden Kingdom. They go to write a story about this kingdom.
In this book, the Blue Warriors of the Scorpion Sect team up with the Specialist. They set out to steal the prize possession of the kingdom, the Golden Dragon. Like in the previous book, the National Geographic team gets all caug
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João
Tendo a oportunidade de ter lido todos os livros desta trilogia "Memórias da Águia e do Jaguar", posso dizer que este segundo volume foi, para mim, o melhor...

Não que a escrita esteja melhor ou cheia de reviravoltas surpreendentes, pois o nível de escrita e história mantêm-se igualmente elevado nos três livros; mas por outro lado é de notar o quanto este, entre todos, me prendeu particularmente, desejando o virar de página a cada segundo, o finalizar de cada capitulo em cada minuto!
Tal leva-me à
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Blablabla Aleatório
Depois da viagem a floresta amazônica acompanhando a avó Kate Cold e após todas as aventuras passadas com sua amiga brasileira Nádia Santos junto ao povo da neblina, Alex Cold descobriu que herdou o espírito aventureiro da avó e mal pode esperar para que a avó seja enviada para algum outro recanto milenar da Terra. Suas aventuras com Nádia, além de terem impedido uma perigosa quadrilha de exterminarem uma das últimas tribos indígenas intocadas, também possibilitaram que uma fundação fosse criada ...more
Jennifer
After his audacious trip to the Amazon, Alex returned to America a new person, he has matured from his adventure, yet a part of him is desperate for another. Fortunately, his grandmother Kate Cold has another trip scheduled - to a secluded country in the center of the Himalayas. Kate as well as allowing Alex to accompany her, has decided to invite Alex's friend from the Amazon - Nadia Santos. Yet none of the trio have any idea as to the dangers they are about to embark upon on this venture. As p ...more
Jake
The kingdom of the golden dragon was a good read, and kept me interested throughout the story, however I found it not as entertaining as it could have been. I feel that the elements in the story allow for much more potential than what was written. However I do realize that this is a book for teens, and as such it should not be too complicated. In all the story was entertaining and fun to read, but I wish there was just a little more.
Kailey
I liked this one a little better than the first book in this trilogy; maybe just because I knew what to expect. I still love our main characters and the joking, understanding, and trustful dynamic they have. The story is a good one, but rather predictable. I liked seeing the characters pull strength from deep inside to motivate them on their adventures. I liked how resourceful and tenacious they are.
Catherine Woodman
I really loved this book, which is a sequel to the first, THe City of the Beasts--it is not necessaryt o read the first one first, but that is what I would recommend--the three lead characters are from that book, and it is easier to start the adventure knowing what their foibles are (that is less well explained here). This book takes place in a Nepal like place, and is rich in Buddism rather than steeped in the world of native South Americans (a clear strength for Allende is writing evocatively ...more
Tim
Allende it seems is writing fiction for youth - with a kind of magical appreciation of simpler societies ("Alexander made the observation that the agricultural methods seemed far behind the times, but his grandmother pointed out that not everything is measured in terms of productivity, and added that this was the only country in the world in which the ecology was far more important than the economy." - a nice warning and not as didactic as it sounds). This story brings us the Buddhist magic of t ...more
Black&white
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon” has the same issue as the other two novels from the “Eagle and Jaguar” triology, in that it is terrible in every way. Plot, character, writing, development,… you name it and it is a catastrophe. This book has the specific honour of being easily the worst one of the 3 and thus a complete and utter train wreck not that there was anything left to be saved in the other two. The whole thing is supposed to take place in a made up country, one that I found resembles Bhutan ...more
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