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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Indigo King

The Indigo King by James A Owen.




Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (October 21, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1416951075

Product Description

"Answer the question unanswered for more than two millennia, and perhaps you may yet restore the world."
On a September evening in 1931, John and Jack, two of the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, discover a cryptic warning on a medieval manuscript -- which is not only addressed to them but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson! But before they can discover the origin of the strange book, Hugo walks through a door in time -- and vanishes into the past.

And in that moment, the world begins to change.

The Frontier, which separates our world from the Archipelago of Dreams, has fallen. Dark and terrible beasts roam throughout England. No one can be summoned from the Archipelago. And both worlds have fallen into darkness under the reign of a cruel and terrible king.

The only hope to restore the proper order of things lies on a forgotten island at the edge of the Archipelago, where a time travel device left by Jules Verne must be used to race through history itself -- from the Bronze Age to ancient Alexandria and the founding of the Silver Throne -- in one night. And in that single night, John and Jack will find that the only way to save their friend and stop the chaos destroying the world is to solve a 2,000-year-old mystery: Who is the Cartographer?


I don't think I can give a better product description than the one from Amazon. 

However I do want to say how very much I enjoy James A Owens writings!  James says that this third book is the reason he began the books in the first place, and I will say he does a great job at what he does.

I've enjoyed all three books, no one exception.  I love that he mingles myth, and legend and fantasy so well, and of course I have to love "who" the caretakers of the  Imaginarium Geographica really are!

I don't think I've read any books that manage to mention or use so many myth, legends and fairy tales rolled into one before I began these books!

Generally I use some quotes from the book, this time I think I will use but one.  It came near the end of the book, and although when I am near the ending of a book that I am enjoying it always makes me sad that the end is so near but this passage made me smile...

"Here," said Ordo Maas as he handed something to the Caretaker.  "I was told you misplaced something very like this a long time past, and a friend didn't want you to go too much longer without."

It was a silver watch with a matching chain and fob, and on the back was a red engraving of Samaranth.

"Is it a time machine?" Jack asked.  "Will it let us travel through time?"

"I believe it will," Ordo Maas  replied," I"ve found for every minute I watch it, I move a full minute further into the future."

Love it!  I will most likely think of it every time I look at my watch now!

Let me leave you with a few of James A Owens drawings from the Indigo King...

... of course this fantastic artwork just makes the book even that more wonderful!  These books are keepers for sure!

I hope one day you have the pleasure of reading all of James's books!



Blogger Ladytink_534 said...

Love these covers and the artwork too. I love myths, legends, and fairy tales in books (and movies) so I'm going to have to add these to my want to read list.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Nymeth said...

Love the art! I'm really looking forward to starting this series.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

Yes, as soon as I can find the first book - hopefully from the library - I shall be reading them too. Annoyingly I found out who the caretakers are because a review on Amazon tells you! Grrr. But what wonderful artwork, eh?

6:27 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Tink: They are really good books. Each book is a separate "adventure" which is nice.. not any cliffhangers!

Nymeth: as Cath mentioned below amazon gives away who the caretakers are, though throughout the books they are called John, Jack and Charles. However when you consider it's in England and they are scolars it does make sense.

Cath: that's ok you found out, wait until you see who of fable and myth and fairtales you meet in the Archipelago throughout the books!
It's similiar to Laurie King mentioning Conan Doyle in her books.. just neat hearing the names !

7:03 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I'm excited to get to this one. I don't know if I have time to squeeze it in or not this year. But I'm sure I'll love it when I get to it.

12:10 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

becky: as fast as you read I'd be surprised if you don't get to this one! But if you don't, it's ok.. it will be a great read for 2009!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

I saw this in the bookstore this week and my first thought was "I bet Deslily already has this and has read it!" LOL, I'm glad I was right and am thrilled that you have enjoyed this series so much.

3:48 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

carl: as usual.. you were correct! lol

11:27 AM  
Blogger Rhinoa said...

I can't wait for this to come out in the UK. I loved the first book and am very excited about reading the second next year. Am very jealous oyu have already finished it.

9:17 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

rinoa: well this isn't his last book of this series!.. so I'm waiting again too!

9:22 AM  

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