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Kingdom of the Golden Dragon [Hardcover]

Isabel Allende
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 2004

From one of the world’s best-loved storytellers comes a magical novel of adventure and discovery – the sequel to Isabel Allende’s bestselling ‘City of the Beasts’.

Fifteen-year-old Alex Cold, his friend Nadia and his eccentric grandmother Kate embark on a journey to a mysterious, hidden land high in the Himalayas. There they find that the peaceful, spiritual lifestyle of the Forbidden Kingdom, which has remained unchanged for generations, is under threat. ‘The Collector’, a rich westerner, is plotting to steal the Golden Dragon, a valuable statue that can foretell the future…

Full of the imagination and wonder that has made Isabel Allende one of the world’s bestselling authors, ‘The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon’ is an enthralling work of fiction that will delight the thousands of readers who bought and loved ‘City of the Beasts’.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 437 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060589426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060589424
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,088,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of nine novels, including Inès of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and Portrait in Sepia. She has also written a collection of stories, four memoirs, and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.

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‘This spellbinding novel, like its predecessor, is storytelling at its best.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Allende again proves her talent for evoking exotic landscapes, spinning tall stories and weaving seductive magic.’ Sunday Times

‘“City of the Beasts” is the kind of accomplishment to show readers that there’s more to life than Harry Potter.’ Literary Review

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fifteen-year-old Alex Cold, his friend Nadia and his eccentric grandmother Kate embark on a journey to a mysterious, hidden land high in the Himalayas. There they find that the peaceful, spiritual lifestyle of the Forbidden Kingdom, which has remained unchanged for generations, is under threat. 'The Collector', a rich westerner, is plotting to steal the Golden Dragon, a valuable statue that can foretell the future…

Full of the imagination and wonder that has made Isabel Allende one of the world’s bestselling authors, The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon is an enthralling work of fiction that will delight the thousands of readers who bought and loved City of the Beasts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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THE BUDDHIST MONK NAMED Tensing and his disciple, Prince Dil Bahadur, had been climbing in the high peaks north of the Himalavas for many days, a region of eternal ice where no one but a few lamas had ever ventured. Read the first page
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isabel Allende surpasses herself - again! 22 Jun 2004
Format:Hardcover
Every time a new Isabel Allende book comes out I wonder if she will surpass herself this time and every time she does! I know other people have said they found City of the Beasts (prequel to Kingdom of the Golden Dragon) rather childish but whats wrong with suspending some of our adult disbelief and revelling in the wonder of childhood? City of Beasts did that and now Kingdom of the Golden Dragon has done the same - yes perhaps itis complete fantasy but I think I prefer it to the real world!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous follow-up 21 Jun 2004
Format:Hardcover
From the first page of Allende's sequel to City of the Beasts, I was hooked. The travels of Alex Cold and his grandmother Kate this time take them to the Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, situated somewhere near India and Nepal. In this adventure we meet Yeti's, spiritual men who can read minds, and journey through a maze to see the Golden Dragon - reminscent of Indiana Jones. Will Alex and Nadia save the day again, will they keep the Golden Dragon from the hands of the egomaniac Collector, and who is the Specialist?
Read it and find out........
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for relaxing 12 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon is definitely a great book, written with a superb style and based on a very enjoyable story. The mainstream plot is a typical adventure, full of unexpected developments. What I appreciated most were anyway the continuous reminders to cultural and philosophical elements from the Tibet. Perfect book for relaxing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 28 Jun 2005
By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was horrified to see a review of this novel that only gave it 2 stars-it deserves all 5 stars.
This novel gripped me all the way through. Not too long and not to short, it explores the culture of buddhism and leads you on a journey where myth, magic and bravery mix. It was well written, not as a previous review stated, and never caused me to lose interest.
This is one unique, absorbing novel you won't regret reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 24 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
First be warned, this is NOT a typical Allende book, as it is explained in the foreword, this book, along with the other two in the series (City of the Beasts and the Forest of the Pygmies) was written to grant the wish of her young family members. It is essentially a children's book, but as the Harry Potter books, it can fulfill the imagination of those adults among us that like to tap into our inner child whenever needed! It is relaxing and enjoyable with two young characters that stretch the limit of imagination and blend the real and metaphysical worlds in order to succeed in their adventures.

I certainly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eco-Enid Blyton for the modern age 9 April 2007
By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is an enjoyable enough story with all the ingredients of a decent adventure romp. There's an exotic setting (a fictious Himalayan kingdom loosely based on Bhutan), several improbably heroic 'goodies', some scary-but-not-too-scary 'baddies', a strong ecological theme, and plenty of dare devil heroics.

In fact, as a slightly cynical adult reader it's hard not to suspect that there isn't a computer programme somewhere called 'how to write a bestselling eco-adventure for 8-12 year olds' which has been used to generate this and, one suspects, the other two voulmes in this trilogy.

However, that shouldn't take away from the fact that this is a decently written, engaging and gripping story, which will doubtless be well enjoyed by its target audience. It does what it says on the tin. The setting is well described and the action quite exciting, although a little implausible. It's a sort of modern Enid Blyton, of the 'Eco-Adventurous Three go to the Himalayas' type. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it just depends on what you like.

Older/more experienced readers will find the plot predictable and the characters one-dimensional and mostly unbelievable. It also stretches the boundaries of plausibility a little too far. I'm all for good escapist fantasy, but a really good story of this type should have you so involved you don't even stop to consider whether it could possibly happen in real life or not. Plenty of recent books in the genre get away with far more imcredible plot twists and sets of circumstances than occur here, but I didn't feel this book pulled it off.

The ecological theme will be appealing to modern young readers and it does offer an interesting insight into a different way of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a book for children! 20 Jan 2014
By T. Hill
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was recommended to me by someone else but at first I was very disappointed by the basic writing style and almost complete lack of suspense. Only when I got to the end and read the interview with the author did I realise it was a book for children! Not sure if that is clear on Amazon.

I'm now reading Maya's Notebook by the same author and that is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
part of a great trilogy, I would recommend them all. About a teenage boy and girl who have adventures in S America, Asia and Africa and tangle with those who dont respect the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by rick donnelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Read
This is an excellent read and is one of a trilogy by Isabel Allende. She illuminates the pages with her detailed writing and I'd say gives Harry Potter a run for its money!! Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by L. J. Crook
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story, once it gets going
I have to admit that I really struggled with this book, and nearly gave up, several times, during the first hundred pages or so. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2009 by Lance Mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
I had been looking forward to reading a book by Allende for ages. Whrn a member of my reading group suggested this book, I was really excited. It was a severe disappointment. Read more
Published on 11 April 2006 by BARRY J HILL MBE
2.0 out of 5 stars quite disappointing
I totally agree with Indith on this... this IS a childrens book, and generally I like those books (even though I am an adult), and thought that Ms. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars very, very entertaining
I enjoyed this book very much. The story was highly entertaining and makes you feel as if you enter a magic kingdom. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i was expecting
Now, this is a kids book i know but, well, Pullman need not be afraid, it is poorly written and frankly, patronising at times with its constant need to spell everything out and... Read more
Published on 5 April 2005 by "indith"
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