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The Indigo King (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #3)

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John and Jack are mystified when they discover a cryptic warning on a medieval manuscript—a warning that is not only addressed to them, but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson. But before they can discover the origins of the book, Hugo walks through a door in time—and vanishes into the past.

In that moment, the world begins to change. Now, the Archipelago
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Orbi Alter
Sve je zanimljivo. Prica kombinira poznate fantasticne svjetove, glavni likovi su meni inace obozavani autori i anegdote koje im se dogadaju su fantazija koja je utemeljena na stvarnim nekim razgovorima. Jazavci (djeca zenlje <3) su mi najasladi likovi u 2016., a jos se svako malo upletu zmajevi da poravnaju racune. Svaki od ovih nastavaka se oslanja na mitove i klasicnu kulturu, ali unatoc ok stilu, fali nesto. Mehanicki precizno napisano i bez duse. Procitat cu jos ovu cetvrtu prevedenu jer ...more
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 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 hi
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
As James Owen notes in his afterword, is based on a stroll in 1931 with J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Hugo Dyson, discussing Christianity as mythology versus religion and the author's desire to "mess with the convention of the tales that everyone knows": King Arthur, Merlin and Mordred; Odysseus, Circe and Calypso, even Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee, Hank Morgan. Of course, there are dragons and dragonships; time-travel paradoxes. Lots of humor, especially the badgers, and nonstop action. Hi ...more
Valentina Markasović
Easily my favourite in the series so far. It isn't about the Caretakers traveling to the Archipelago to fight some evil - no, this book's plot is much more complicated. I loved the time-travel and its complexity. We finally got answers to some questions, but Indigo King also opened new possibilities that I can't wait to explore in the sequels.

Also, what's there not to like about a sassy owl?
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
A strong continuation of the unique fantasy series that begins with Here, There Be Dragons. Interestingly what makes this series unique is the features which are not unique. Yes this series has pretty much a combination of all kinds of mythic, fairytale and fantasy characters from Peter Pan to Captain Nemo or even characters who are real like Jules Verne. The uniqueness of the series is however how the author blends these various ideas together to create a singular story within each book. It cou ...more
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the Dragon books so far... by a long shot. The time travel is complex and fascinating. I love the shift from "reactionary protectors to future-minded motivated instigators" by the very end of the text. It seems to be setting up the rest of the series for an interesting and important shift in focus.

The references this time were not only academic but also pop culture - and funny. I loved Captain Jack Harkness's time travel watch, oops, I mean the watch Hank Morgan was using. The Mo
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to compare to the previous two books in the series because it takes on completely different narrative. Unlike the last two books in the series it does not follow the formula of the caretakers being brought to the Archipelago of Dreams to thwart an effort by a dark force to take control of the lands of myth. Unfortunately to tell you how it's different would give away too much. It's an entirely satisfying read and if you've been burning with curiosity as to identity of the Cartographer ...more
Deborah Darsie
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy; Time Travel; legends; myth
This series is supposed to be youth fiction...but it is pretty darned wonderful for us grownups, too!

Still more mind-warping interweaving of time, paradox, legends and myths with side dishes of history, personal growth, magical dimensions alongside our more mundane dimension.

Familiar characters and warped familiar characters...the reader ends up exploring how people can change...or stay the same...or not. Learning about various historical figures and wondering how much is real\true and wondering
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Yes, it's a young adult book, but it's well written, has great characters, and is fantastically literate. The plot is also fast moving, and it's rather great fun to see how Owens takes some great literary names and plays with them.

I have to say that ultimately I think these are better books than the Potter series.
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story!! James is such a superb storyteller. It was captivating and kept me on the hook from the beginning to the end. I love the humor that is littered through out and especially the references to the Cubs being a symbol of hope! I can't recommend this series of books enough.
Luciana Darce
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cheguei à conclusão que o gosto pelas crônicas da Imaginarium Geographica é algo que se adquire de forma gradual. Você começa em Here, There Be Dragons achando a idéia interessante, mas relativamente inocente, sem grandes ‘ohs’ e ‘ahs’. Aí você vai para The Search for the Red Dragon e começa a ler e escorregar até a pontinha da poltrona enquanto segura a respiração esperando a próxima grande revelação, a próxima grande virada. Então você chega no The Indigo King e... caramba, você acaba de se ap ...more
Hugo Dyson enters into our troop of caretakers of the Archipelago of Dreams and the book of maps..but.. he thinks that John and Jack are jerking his chain.. and wanders into a door..into the distant past. Charles is missing.. but John gets a mysterious package addressed to Charles about the Holy Grail. The tower in Archipelago, where the Cartographer is falling apart because Mordred set it on fire in the earlier books. Now we are finally getting to the reprecussions of the Time Warp.. ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive-audio
This third volume of the "Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica" was much more complex than the prior two offerings, and the character names were much more difficult to keep straight (but that may have been simply because I was listening to the audio rather than reading the page).

Although very enjoyable, the rest of the series is not currently available at my library through OverDrive, so I may not get to join John, Jack, and Charles on their further adventures for a time.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great twist and turns
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Books that involve too much time travel make my brain hurt. I thought this one was going to give me an aneurism. This is much more about time travel and the implications of the time paradox then anything else. Yikes. And it still had lots of the holes/problems of the first two. Granted, I think I liked the story of this one best - finding out who the cartographer is. But, I am utterly unsatisfied with the way it ended. Learning that there were additional conflicts between who the Winter King was ...more
R. C.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
This third book has more action and better humor than the first two. We get to meet Hugo Dyson, the Inkling who said to Tolkien, “Oh, god, no more Elves!” Since it's the end of the series, I feel I should write something about it as a whole. I must beg your forgiveness in advance. I am going to compare this book to Harry Potter.

The writing, the style, of the Harry Potter books wasn't stellar (except compared to this book) but it got better; the first book was after all written to the average twe
Terri M.
Dec 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy and Science Fiction
This series gets more and more complicated the more books that are added to the series. It might be necessary to go back to Book 1 to understand Book 2. Time travel makes my head hurt!
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
Violet A. 6
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Indigo Dragon by James A. Owen, is the third book in the series. This book starts a while after the last one ended, with John, Jack, and Charles all pursuing their careers and trying to still keep track of what has been happening in the Archipelago. They are thrown back into a crazy adventure, when their friend Hugo accidentally changes the past and turns the world they've been living in upside-down. Throughout the book the three young guardians begin to piece together the events of history. ...more
This one had a rather different feel from the first two, especially in the beginning. Their first "journey," so to speak, took them to an environment that was much darker than anything we'd seen previously. Initially, I was thinking it had kind of a Tim Burton feel, but then I started finding it much creepier than that, but I couldn't quite place what it reminded me of. Then I made the mistake of pondering the matter while I was in bed, and that did not make going to sleep any easier. I still ha ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic web this book weaves! This book has a very strong plot on time travel. An aspect of the book I was not expecting but honestly I think it made for a wonderful addition to the series.

There is a rule when time traveling all should be aware of. And that is that one small change in history can forever alter the present... and not always for the good. This time our heroes must find out what happened in the past and try to fix it. Time is short and answers are limited. There is a heav
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I really enjoy James Owen's Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, and I am by no means a fan of epic fantasy. Generally, if a book comes with a map and a glossary, I'm gone, and here's a whole series about maps and glossaries! (Even if the books don't actually include them.)

What draws me in are the twisty plots and the incorporation of various world mythologies. Owen doesn't just base his fantasy lands on one particular mythology, nor does he simply mix elements of different mytholog
Sep 20, 2012 added it
Shelves: in-library
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John and Jack are mystified when they discover a cryptic warning on a medieval manuscript—a warning that is not only addressed to them, but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson. But before they can discover the origins of the book, Hugo walks through a door in time—and vanishes into the past.

In that moment, the world begins to change. Now, the Archipelago of Dreams and our world both suffer under the reign of the cruel and terrible Winter King. Dark beasts

Ji Mei
Oh, I found this book exciting! I have started this series again, since it took forever it seemed for this one to come out and well, I happened to never get back to it until now, so this is the first time I read this book out of the series. This one was just as amazing! I like how Owen added new characters, yet they feel as if they were never gone to begin with. The plot was really interesting and a lot more dynamic than the first and second. My mind was boggled with the time-travelling, multi-d ...more
Jorge de la Vega
By far the most complex (by which I mean the weirdest) book in the series. Often enough I've said that, when the author of a long-running fantasy series (Harry Potter, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, so on) runs out of ideas, they resort to time travel. To this day I believe that the Timeturner is among the biggest missteps in J.K. Rowling's saga and will defend that 'till the day I die. Same with Michael Scott messing up his own continuity and merc ...more
Apr 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Indigo King is the third in The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen. I think the first book, Here, There Be Dragons, is still my favorite, but The Indigo King is right up there with it.

There is a lot to keep track of here - with some characters having three or more names as we encounter them throughout history. I could have used a glossary of characters like the one included in Inkdeath. And, as with Inkdeath, I think I will want to read this one again sometime now th
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The third adventure in the series mainly features Jack and John...Charles being conveniently away when this unexpected challenge/adventure finds them. Hugo Dyson, a friend, is introduced to readers, when he is thrown into the adventure. He may not know where he is or why he's there, but, he is perhaps *safer* than Jack and least temporarily. For after Hugo disappears through the mystery-door-that-appears-out-of-nowhere, and that mystery door is shut by some well-meaning animals from th ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Indigo King by James A.Owens
This book is about three scholars going on an adventure to a fantasy-based world where myths,legends and history all come back to here.When their fellow friend walks into a door through time,they soon face the results oft.Now that both two worlds are in danger,they go through time to find a way to stop it.But soon they face an old enemy who wants revenge on them,they investigate a question that was asked long ago:Who is the Cartographer?Through time ,they find c
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is one of the most fantastic I have read in a very long time. It's the third book of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica and it bests is predecessors, Here There Be Dragons and the Search for the Red Dragon. In this book, John and Jack and Chaz (who is a form of Charles - a person Charles could have been, so to speak) must discover the past of their adversary because a friend of theirs, Hugo, screwed something up in the past when he accidentally went back in time and accident ...more
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magical-fiction
The 3rd book in the 'Chronciles of the Imaginarium Geographica' Series by the brilliant James Owen. I can't understand what's going on about 1/4 of the time but these books are great.

This was a hard one to rate. In some ways it was my favorite, but there was one major concept they through in that I hated and it kinda ruined it for me. However, the book is still extremely intelligent, with lots of interesting concepts working through the time travel theme. And I LOVE time travel themes.

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“Like all the other arrivals to the tournament, Hank had erected a banner in front. It was a long, tapering pennant with a blue and red circular design in the center and the words GO CUBS! on both sides.
Interesting," said Hugo. "What does it mean?"
It was a gift from Sam," Hank explained as they entered the tent. "He said it used to represent Triumph over Adversity, but now better represents Impossible Quests and Lost Causes."
I think I preferred not knowing that," said Hugo.
Hank grinned. "You're a Sox fan too, hey?”
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