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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (21 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743574710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743574716
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,617,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James A Owen is the creator of the critically acclaimed Starchild graphic novel series, and is the founder and director of the Coppervale Studio in Silvertown, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Helaena on 23 Jan. 2015
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Slightly more damaged than I thought it would be, but happy to have the book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2009
Format: Paperback
I've absolutely loved this series by James Owen since its original release so when a new offering lands, you can be pretty damn sure that it flies to the top of my TBR pile. Here the characters seek to put right what's gone wrong and whilst favourite characters from children's tales abound, it's the novel way that James blends them, along with authors of our own time that makes this series so compelling. Never one to miss a trick this really is a series for the YA reader with twists and turns and powerful characters that will speak to the YA psyche.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The magic of myths 2 Nov. 2008
By Pippa Lee - Published on
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I have not read the first two books of the "Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica." But even though I was not familiar with what has been going on in the Chronicles, I found the third volume, "The Indigo King," fascinating.

One September night, John and Jack, Oxford scholars, and their friend Hugo encounter a mysterious door bearing the image of the Holy Grail. When Hugo crosses the door and vanishes, the world as the three friends knew it changes--for the worse. England becomes Albion, a desolate and mythical land ruled by their foe, Mordred. And to make matters worse, Mordred has also destroyed the Archipelago of Dreams, the world John and Jack were responsible of as Caretakers of its atlas, the Imaginarium Geographica. The Archipelago was the place where fables and legends were real. John and Jack realize that Hugo's crossing has disrupted timelines and history itself and to repair the damage, they must travel through time to find Hugo and to discover Mordred's real name in order to prevent him from coming into power.

In "The Indigo King," James Owen has woven a captivating adventure that cleverly blends historical and mythological figures and events. A number of historical personalities make their appearances in this book but as the story develops, I easily forgot that John was J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack was C.S. Lewis, and Bert, H.G. Wells. The only times I was aware of John as being Tolkien and Jack as being Lewis were during their conversations about Christianity and faith. As to the legends and myths incorporated in the plot, I think if you're familiar with the Odyssey, the Iliad, and the Arthurian legends, you will enjoy this book a lot more and understand it a bit better. What with time loops and name changes, I had to write myself notes, so that I could keep the who was who straight.

The publishers targeted this book to young adults, but if I don't see "The Indigo King" flying off the shelves is because, I think, it may be hard for a teen to identify himself or herself with tea-sipping, fortyish Oxford professors (actually, in 1931, Tolkien was 39 years old; Lewis, 33; Charles Williams, 45 and Hugo Dyson, 35). However, I don't have any doubts that this fantasy book will find its way into the hands and heart of anybody who loves the magic of fables, legends, and myths.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Time Travelling Trouble! 18 May 2015
By Jamie E. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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 heavy emphasis on the time of Merlin and King Arthur in this book. Lots of historical figures and places crop op in this book.

James A Owen really seems to have an intricate way of storytelling and he has so many aspects he pulls together. Some times this confused me but how he manages to finish his masterpiece is impressive. There are a lot of twists in this book and no real way to say how it will all turn out. Like all the previous book there are a lot of references to other books and movies.

Overall I did enjoy this volume. There is a lot of second guessing in this book and at times I didn't like where it seemed to be headed but in the end it works out. It was not something I could just sit and read. I would have to read a bit, stop and let everything sink in and then continue. That or a lot of note-taking might have worked. But a lot of event and both mythical and historical figures are thrown at us and it can be a bit overwhelming. James A Owen has a unique creative aspect in how he blends everything together to make an original story. I am quite curious to see where the series goes from here.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A celebration of imagination 20 Nov. 2008
By Michael Birman - Published on
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More than most novels of the imagination, The Indigo King makes the creative act the centerpiece of the plot. From its beautifully designed and executed cover art to the author's splendid ink illustrations that festoon the book, the novel's presentation celebrates the artistry involved in its own creation as well as others like it. With a plot that involves such masters of the imagination as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and H. G. Wells, and an imaginary atlas called the Imaginarium Geographica - an atlas of imaginary places - that the famous writers are asked to guard, all aspects of creativity are exalted in this superlative fantasy novel.

James A. Owen is doubly gifted: he writes well and draws beautifully. His lovely illustrations, resembling classic 19th century wood-block drawings that one might see in a masterful Folio Society rendition of a book of fairy tales, raises the bar in new imaginative fiction. I found myself quickly drawn into his world, the beauty of the book acting as a portal through which my own imagination acted as the guide. This is the third book of a series but it can stand alone without loss of continuity. Ostensibly written for young adults, adults who enjoy works that break the boundaries between what is real and what exists in imaginative worlds lying just beyond our reach will appreciate the many beauties contained between its covers. A lovely book that is strongly recommended.

Mike Birman
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing follow-up 25 Jun. 2009
By J.A. - Published on
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I've waited a while to review this, as I was hoping that eventually I'd finish it! That never happened. The first book in the series, "Here, There Be Dragons," was brilliant, and easily one of my favorite reads of the decade. After ordering this book from Vine I immediately bought the third book in anticipation. Now both are sitting on a shelf, both unread.

The art is still mesmerizing. James Owens is a gifted artist. The story, however, never grabbed hold. That was disappointing. I very badly wanted to be swept away as I was in the first book, but would have settled for 'engaged-enough-to-want-finish.'

Writing this, and remembering how much I loved "Here, There Be Dragons,"
makes me want to go back and give the book another try. If I do, and my opinion is any different, I'll be sure to make note of it here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If this series was pizza, this book would be frozen 9 Jan. 2013
By Michael Christofield - Published on
Format: Paperback
Let me first say that I enjoyed this book, though perhaps not entirely on its own merits. I had previously read the first two books, and found them both to be terrific, especially the first one, which was like a high quality gourmet pizza from a fancy restaurant. The third book, however, felt more like a high quality frozen pizza - still edible and tasty enough, but certainly lacking in comparison to others in the series.

If you liked the first two and are invested in the characters, you'll probably enjoy this book well enough like I did.

Pros: Provides interesting back story for some major characters, inserts some interesting ideas and has many good moments and elements.

Cons: It felt like a short story stretched out to novel length without providing any compelling reasons to do so; it's the least well-written book of the first three; it's often lazy, particularly when it comes to the character of Chaz. This character develops at lightning speed with only a cursory and rather underwhelming explanation. Basically, it felt like this book was slapped together quickly and not particularly carefully. Further, there really isn't a lot going on in this story despite it pretending to be epic. Also, not only did it feel passive, too many things really didn't make much sense once you stopped to think about it.

Despite all of those complaints, though, I still enjoyed the book. I'm sure most of us have enjoyed weak books at one time or another, though.
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