With a ship called The Iron Dragon, the Shadow King regains passage to the Archipelago where he uses the power of the Spear and the portals of Time to enlist an unstoppable army of Dragon Shadows. And after the Archipelago falls, he intends to betray the Allies in our world-but not to align himself with the opposition. The Shadow King intends to use the turmoil of WWII to take over BOTH worlds.
All the legendary Caretakers, past and present, come together on a great island in the northernmost part of the Archipelago to decide the ultimate fate of the Imaginarium Geographica, as a terrible battle ravages the lands around them. And their only hope lies with a small group of companions who are on the quest for the broken sword Caliburn: the Grail Child Rose Dyson; her mechanical companion, the owl Archie; a mouse with an attitude; a dead Professor of Ancient Literature; and the mythical knight, Don Quixote.
They must sail beyond the ends of the Archipelago in search of the sword, and the only being alive who can repair it: a scholar, who, once upon a time, was called Madoc.
©2009 James A. Owen; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
I love to read, and listening to books after I have read them unlocks nuances of character and plot that I miss in the initial ingestion of their art.
This series is to the literary mythopedia what Gaiman's "American Gods" is to the global pantheon of gods and demons. Book four is stronger if darker than book three in the series and "listens" like a story truly sprung from the original story tree. More than a homage, it is a reweaving of unraveled bits of the best loved pieces of fantasy and science fiction into an all age appropriate tapestry of adventure which is narrated here by the perfect voice. James Langdon manages to make the story even more than its print perfection with his reading of it.
I love audiobooks!
None of the subsequent books in this series have lived up to the considerable promise of the first volume, "Here There Be Dragons". Unfortunately, this book is poorly written and confusing. Too bad, because for lovers of fantasy there was a lot of unfulfilled potential here. Don't waste your time.
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