The Indigo King (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica) Audio CD – Audiobook, 21 Oct 2008
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James A. Owen is the author of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, the creator of the critically acclaimed Starchild graphic novel series, and the author of the Mythworld series of novels. He is also founder and executive director of Coppervale International, a comic book company that also publishes magazines and develops and produces television and film projects. He lives in Arizona. Visit him at HereThereBeDragons.net.
James A. Owen is the author of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, the creator of the critically acclaimed Starchild graphic novel series, and the author of the Mythworld series of novels. He is also founder and executive director of Coppervale International, a comic book company that also publishes magazines and develops and produces television and film projects. He lives in Arizona. Visit him at HereThereBeDragons.net. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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