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The Search for the Red Dragon

(The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,584 ratings  ·  301 reviews
"'The Crusade has begun'...

"There's an old myth in the Archipelago," he went on softly, shaking his head. "A legend, really...I recall it mentioned a Crusade, but those events happened seven 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 Ca
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
The Search for the Red Dragon picks up 9 years after the events in the first book. It finds our two protagonists, John and Charles called to London by the their friend and third protagonist Jack. The three friends are soon called back to the Archipelago to deal with a crisis: the disappearance of all the children.

Overall, I did not like this book as much as I if the first. I found the pacing to be a lot more slow and I was not feeling inclined to pick it back up when I put it down. However, I pr
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 :(
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked 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 sto
Liz Friend
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second time reading this. I read it about 8 years ago and I don't remember being as confused the first time I read, so I was either paying more or less attention this time around. There was a lot of time travel (sort of...) and I didn't really understand if it was a closed causal loop or open loop situation and I probably spent too much mental energy on it.

Besides that... I enjoyed the twists on the Peter Pan mythology, the character of Laura Glue, and the Sir Richard Burton/Roanoke
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This book is a reread. It was a good book for sure but I did not like it nearly as much as the first one. I can't quite put a finger on why that is though. The story just did not grab me as much as the first one. I love Laura Glue and Jack's character development is interesting. I am excited to see where his character arch goes. Owen's use of myth and literature is amazing and the number of jokes about the Oxford/Cambridge rivalry makes my heart happy. I can't wait to continue with th ...more
Gillian Brownlee
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m such a sucker for stories that weave together mythologies and fairy tales from all around the world. I still don’t like Jack, but I really enjoyed this book.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This marvelous series contains everything I hold dear and everything I want to learn more about. It sticks to your soul. Looking forward to the next one.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sadly I don't remember much about the first book.One thing though that I remember strongly is the tower of time and fortunately plays a great role in this book. In this one there is a great plot which connects Peter Pan, greek mythology and of course some great literature figures. Oh and also Hudini. I loved what he did with Hudini!!The way the author connects all the dots is so great!The characters were more real in this one and we found out more about them.I think I am starting to have a favor ...more
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Once again, pretty good. I actually think that the first one was a bit better though.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Absolutely loved this sequel that characterized C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and fantastic fairy and mythological tales ☺️
Michelle Spencer
Much of my thoughts on this one are tied to the identities of the main characters (one in particular), which was kept a secret until the very end of book one, so if you haven’t read book one and don’t want that spoiled for you, stop reading. Though really, if you are well-read, you will likely have an easy job of figuring out who they are.

But anyway.

I admire all of the careful tying together of various fictions and mythologies that James A. Owen accomplished with the main story arc in this book.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
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If you liked Here, There Be Dragons, the first book of James A. Owen’s Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, you’ll probably like its sequel The Search for the Red Dragon, as it has many of the same highlights—and the same flaws.

Red Dragon takes place in 1926, nine years after Caretakers John, Jack, and Charles first discovered the Archipelago of Dreams, a realm where there be dragons, talking badgers, and flying ships. There are sailing ships, too, but they’ve all disappeared overnight, al
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
jess  (bibliophilicjester)
I really love these books!! They remind me of once upon a time (yes, the TV show) in that they take history and mythology and folklore and stories and they weave it all together in such interesting ways. This particular book had a lot of Peter Pan sort of lore, and I really loved it!

Compared to other books I've read and given 5 stars to, these books don't quite make it there. But so far this is a 5 star sort of series for me. It's lighthearted and fun, but there are real consequences. Character
Mary-Jean Harris
I really enjoyed this book, though not as much as the first one (hence the 4/5 stars instead of 5/5. If I could give it any rating, it would be 4.5 stars, but I'm rounding down to 4 because I want to differentiate it from my 5/5 rating for the first book). I LOVE how lots of myths and legends come into play in the book, especially the characters, both historical and fictional, who appear, such as James Barry, Peter Pan, Circe, etc. My favourite character is definitely Charles, though Aven and Jo ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Owen, James A. The Search for the Red Dragon, pgs.368 Simon and Schuster, Inc. Launguage-G; Sexual Content-G; Violence-G;

It's been nine years since John, Jack, and Charles had their adventure in the Archipelago of Dreams and became Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica. Now they are going back to save the Archipelago again, this time someone has been stealing the children of the Archipelago. Their only clue is a message from a odd girl with artificial wings: "The Crusade has begun." Worse,
Ok so this book was even better than the first!! Here we find out the names of the characters and their mythology/historical background! We even have a mystery bad guy who is literally a shadow! Dragons, a badger, machines, strange creatures, new underworld... and an awesome adventure awaits! The lost boys are featured in this mystery.. as all the children are disappearing onto stolen dragon ships and no one can figure out why!! The author has an awesome imagination, because he can t ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Content warning: prejudiced language and descriptions

I know... It's quite the fall from the first book.
I really enjoyed seeing the characters I liked in the first book again, however I was a little lukewarm about the storyline. I knew immediately what the story was based off of, and I realized that I really don't like the story source material Peter Pan . The pacing was also a little slow. I only give it two stars because I like the original characters from the first book a lot.

Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
And again: this book was wonderful!!!
You get to know so much about (Greek) mythology and the lifes of so many great people while reading a wonderful and wholesome story about three young men.
It truly is an amazing series and I could really see former Percy Jackson readers enjoying this!

Still, I don't know if I want to continue with this series because I read the first two books in German now and the next ones haven't been translated into my language.. So, I can't decide if I want to read those a
Brian Koser
I think the author tried too hard with the pastiche/crossover elements in this one. As much as I like Greek mythology, here it was confusing and unnecessary; cutting it out would have really improved the story.

Unfortunately the clunky dialog and characters continue from the first book, but I wasn't able to overlook them as much this time.

The third book is my brother's favorite in the series, so I'll read that one and then probably be done.

2.5 stars
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive-audio
The premise for this series is fabulous, and the way the history of myth is woven into the plot line in this second volume feels even more natural than it did in the first story.

I'm also really enjoying the audio version as the narrator uses excellent voices to delineate the characters (he has one voice that is so like Winston Churchill it isn't even funny).
K.G. Wilkie
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you've read the first book, you know this will also be full of magic and adventures.

There's also new characters and the book has a satisfying ending, so you won't have to binge through the entire series before you feel like you've finished anything.

I loved the extra twist in this book of a seeming hero and good guy being revealed as anything but!
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. I found the beginning a little slow but once the action started it was hard to put it down! The character dynamic is so well written, you feel like you are a part of the story. I love how the characters are inspired by real people in history. The depths of these characters is amazing and I really enjoyed this book.
I received a free review copy of this book.
This one felt like even more of a mashup than the first volume! More stories and myths have been piled on top of the ones already making up the Archipelago, and they're getting a bit harder to follow if you aren't already familiar with them. I enjoyed the inclusion of the panoply of Pans, though.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Started off a little slowly, but picked up about halfway through. I really like the way he intermingles characters from a variety of different stories, genres, and historical periods into one connected plot. Will be reading more of the series.
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