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Here, There Be Dragons the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica

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Here, There Be Dragons the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica

Get ready for a mind-bending magical adventure. HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS, by graphic novel artist and writer James Owen, has clues and twists in each chapter. What if the most famous of fantasy authors wrote their stories based on their real adventures rather then imaginary ones?

The tale begins in 1917 England, when college student and soldier John is summoned to his Professor's office, only to find that his teacher has been murdered. He is given a book, The Imaginarium Geographica, and meets Bert, Charles and Jack. Within minutes, the group is racing from a mob of monsters sent to kill them.

It turns out that John is The Caretaker of The Imaginarium Geographica, and Charles and Jack must help him. The Imaginarium Geographica is a map of lands of myth, and Bert is a previous Caretaker who must guide the trio on their quest. They begin at Avalon and learn that the fate of the fantasy worlds as well as the real worlds is in danger of destruction.

Here, There Be Dragons is the sign that greets them when they cross over into the fantasy world. Are dragons friends or foes? They soon learn that an evil Winter King has taken the throne and is after them to find the Ring of Power as well as The Imaginarium Geographica so he can rule everything in both worlds.

John is not at all sure that he is the right man for this mission, and he makes plenty of mistakes. Charles and Jack also struggle to discover their strengths. But John and his new friends travel bravely through famous lands from myth and even the Bible. Fantasy fans will enjoy finding clues from favorite stories. From the Ring of Power to Pandora's Box to a creature who could be Noah to Prydain, favorite fantasy stories meld together.

The final battle affects all in the group, as well as their new allies. When readers find out who Bert, John, Charles and Jack really are, they will realize that the stories are only beginning.

The beautiful drawings by James Owen help make this vivid imagination trip leap off the page. HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS should be read by fans of Tolkien, Lewis, Paolini, Wells and Verne. In fact, it should not be missed by anyone.

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Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Here, There Be Dragons the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica
by James A. Owen

  • Publication Date: September 26, 2006
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 1416912274
  • ISBN-13: 9781416912279