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The Search for the Red Dragon (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #2)

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The Crusade has begun...

"There's an old myth in the Archipelago," he said softly, shaking his head."A legend really...I recall it mentioned a Crusade, but those events happened eight 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 careta
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Published January 1st 2008 by Simon Schuster Audio
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Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :(
Orbi Alter
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: djecja-i-ya
Tko bi rekao da Petar Pan, pakao, Orfej i Jazon mogu biti dijelom iste price? Ludo :)
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 story
Liz Friend
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Once again, pretty good. I actually think that the first one was a bit better though.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ☺ ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Melissa Welch
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017
I am so glad that I decided to read the second book in this series. It was such an enjoyable read. The story was so creative and entertaining, with twists and turns the whole way. I felt that the characters were more believable and well-developed in this book, and the suspense kept me on my toes until the very end. I do wish that more had been explained in the end, but am hoping, since where the story left off, that it will all be cleared up in the next novel in the series.

I cannot wait to read
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).
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
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.
Eric Parker
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and this series! I thoroughly enjoy the allusions to many famous authors and their works that are subtly intertwined in the stories. Great writing!
Jodi Fairforest
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's so delightfully literary and bizarre. For instance (spoiler alert): C.S. Lewis rescues Peter Pan from Plato's Cave, where Mordred is keeping him captive.
Cynthia Egbert
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really cannot express how much I love this series. I am so grateful that Shiloah introduced me to it. If you want to play amongst fairy tales and myths and classic stories and see intense connections between them all, take a romp in this series. I thought I loved the first one, but this one added my dear Peter Pan, and so I am even more smitten.

Favorite quotes:

"What if a young man, say, a painter from Austria, seemingly normal, absolutely unremarkable, was destined to one day become a terrible
Luciana Darce
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Eu comentei o primeiro livro dessa série, Here, there be dragons no começo do mês, observando que tinha sido um início meio morno, mas ainda assim interessante. Eu tinha esperado mais do livro inicialmente e ele acabara um tanto aquém das minhas expectativas.

Talvez por ter lido este segundo volume já sem esperar demais, eu tenha realmente me surpreendido com o turno que a história tomou; a forma como Owens conseguiu explorar diferentes níveis de narrativa, não apenas intercalando, mas também uni
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful melding of stories, characters and fables! Love these books!
Feb 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Note that this review covers both this and Here, There Be Dragons.

These books were fun. It's hard to resist anything with the literary tie-ins that this series has, and although they don't have much depth, they are fun, swashbuckling adventures, with some literary references thrown in for kicks.

I do have to wonder, though, how many of those references will actually be picked up by the target demographic (it's a teen book). And I don't mean that in a disparaging way (nor should I fail to acknowle
Terri M.
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 save the World. Quite a tall order for three unknown gentlemen from Oxford.

This is a wonderful series of books that draws on many of the known myths and histories laid out in our most treasured stories. The books m
Jun 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen, James A. 2008. The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: The Search for the Red Dragon.

Set nine years after the close of Here There Be Dragons, The Search for the Red Dragon continues the story of one magical book and its three incredible caretakers: John, Jack, and Charles. The book opens with the three caretakers meeting for the first time in almost a decade. John and Charles received word that they were needed. Jack had been having some troubles, some troubling dreams. Their meetin
Sifa  Blackmon
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author takes creative concepts to the next level! Reading the summary of the book doesn't do this incredible adventure any justice. It needs to be read so that I can be appreciated and enjoyed. Owens sweeps you into the Archipelago on a whirlwind adventure tickles your memory with the stories you know and love and warps them together seamlessly and tells them in a new fresh perspective that satisfy fantasy and non fiction lovers a like. In the first volume we meet three seemingly different ...more
Erin Sterling
Another book where I didn't read the first in the series, which probably would have been helpful in explaining who the main characters were. John, Jack, and Charles (all of whom are references to real people, see if you can figure it out) are together to solve a mystery: someone is kidnapping the children of the Archipelago of Dreams. To solve the mystery, they have to find Dragonships and go on a journey that weaves together all sorts of myths and fables. While middle schoolers might enjoy the ...more
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