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 keepThe 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 history of Mordred and the Cartographer, and how they came to be. The whole thing was expertly handled and was brilliant to read about. I cannot believe I actually felt sorry for Mordred at the end of it all! Just goes to show there are always two sides to a story.
The book takes time-travel in the Archiepelago to a whole new level! Several places, I found it a bit difficult to digest the story as I firmly believe, in cases of Time travel, you cannot change the past - what has happened, has happened and what will happen, will happen. The Universe always, always course-corrects itself.
So I wasn't comfortable with the idea that Hugo Dyson had gone back in time and somehow ended up changing the past. But in the end, Owen again managed to explain it all away, leaving me with no room to complain :)
But, I must admit, in the end, I got a bit dizzy trying to keep track of the chronology of the story. Maybe some day, after several re-reads, I'll be able to jot the chronology down on a piece of paper so that it'll be crystal clear, but, till then, I'm going to trust that Owen knows what he's doing and let him take me along on this ride to the magical world of the Archiepalago of Dreams.
Highly recommended just for the sheer shock-and-awe factor of the book!
P.S - Apparently Charles is awesome no matter what timeline he's in! His story-arc in the book was one of the main reasons I loved it :)
Even before I begin to write this review, I know right away that no matter what I say, I'll never be able to do this book justice. I'll try, though.
FiEven before I begin to write this review, I know right away that no matter what I say, I'll never be able to do this book justice. I'll try, though.
First, a little background :
"An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica -- an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between our world and the Archipelago of Dreams.
Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds."
Now, before you get any false ideas, do not go into the book expecting an unique and original story. Seeing as the story is set in a place where all the lands (ever written about in fiction), exist, you'll probably find yourself going, "Hey, haven't I read this somewhere, before?", more than once. But do not lose heart - the ending will explain everything.
The main attraction of this book is the author's writing. His love for his work, the world he is building and its characters, shines through in every page. I can give no higher praise.
Here, there be Dragons is fantasy in its purest form. A grand old adventure on a ship over foreign seas, with magic, dragons, elves, dwarves, goblins, trolls and many more! In these days where "fantasy" is synonymous with vampires and werewolves (ALWAYS with a bit romance thrown in) this book comes as a wonderful breath of fresh air!
And, the ending! Oh, the ending! Sheer cheek, and sheer brilliance on the author's part! :D Without giving anything away, I can safely say that it blew me away! The fantasy geek in me was thrilled to bits! :D
I cannot recommend this book enough to everybody. Fantasy lovers, this one's for you :)...more
If you've ever lost someone you love, perhaps to a long, drawn-out illness, then please, please, read this book. It is heart-breaking, gut-wrenching,If you've ever lost someone you love, perhaps to a long, drawn-out illness, then please, please, read this book. It is heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, healing and possibly life-changing, all at the same time, and you'll be glad to have read it at the end....more
Who knew YA chick-lit could be SO funny?! Seriously, you guys, WHY haven't I read this before??
Georgie and her antics had me laughing out loud from thWho knew YA chick-lit could be SO funny?! Seriously, you guys, WHY haven't I read this before??
Georgie and her antics had me laughing out loud from the word go. Although, I was in the awkward situation of not being to able to literally laugh out loud as I was reading this at work, so I had to make do with suppressed snorts and grunts. Suffice it to say, my colleagues had an interesting day at work today.
I thought I was missing a few pages when I turned that last page but turns out there are sequels! Which I shall now promptly proceed to track down.
In the meantime, to sum up the book, I'll just leave this slightly unnerving gif here for you guys :