It has been nine years since John, Jack, and Charles had their great adventure in the Archipelago of Dreams and became the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica. Now they have been brought together again to solve a mystery: Someone is kidnapping the children of the Archipelago. And their only clue is a mysterious message delivered by a strange girl with artificial wings: “The Crusade has begun.” Worse, they discover that all of the legendary Dragonships have disappeared as well.
OVERALL: For those of you guys who don’t know anything about the Imaginarium Geographica series, then what in the world are you waiting for? Dragons, magic, and epic adventure all wrapped up nicely in one fantastic package. This is probably one of my favorite book series, and I cannot believe I have only found out about it this past year. This was the second book in the series, and while I don’t believe that it was quite as good as the first book, it was easily still as gripping and wonderfully detailed as the first.
PROS: Action, adventure, magic, and a world that is just as complex and wonderful as I remember it. We are given even more beautifully written landscapes and characters, and I love the amount of world building that is expanded here. We get the same amount of detail and imagery that we saw in the first book, and I loved every page of it.
CONS: If there were to be any cons, I would say that it almost felt as if there were so many things happening, it was hard to keep track of which event was unraveling at what time. There was almost a moment of relief, when everything was wrapped up, because it was all finally explained.
RATING: 4.5/5 Stars