Book Review: Here, There Be Dragons by James A Owen

“What is it?” John asked.

The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.

“It is the world, my boy,” he said. “All the world, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the world, and it is yours to save or lose.”

An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica — an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.

Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds. And in the process, they will share a great adventure filled with clues that lead readers to the surprise revelation of the legendary storytellers these men will one day become.

An extraordinary journey of myth, magic, and mystery, Here, There Be Dragons introduces James A. Owen as a formidable new talent.

 

Book Review: Here, There Be Dragons by James A Owen

Hello again Readers. I continue my trek through my Arizona Authors with a slight side step of while I can say I have friends in common with the amazing James A Owen, I can’t really claim to be more than a fan myself. I first “discovered” this wonderfully talented author and artist back in 2010 at a LepreCon. Since he was to be the Artist Guest of Honor for the sadly now cancelled LepreCon 46 I thought it was time to actually read this wonderful book I’d been meaning to get to since hearing him talk way back then.

 

It is really quite unusual to find traditionally published books that are written and illustrated by the same person. James A Owen does so masterfully. Each chapter greets you with a wonderfully detailed scene from the chapter ahead. The worlds of myth and fantasy are well tied together and feature many familiar and beloved characters. An epic journey with the necessary epic battle. Definitely a worthwhile read that leaves me excited to read the rest of the series and see who else the story crosses paths with.

 

Rating: 5/5 Dragonships

For those following along my April read is Metal Boxes by Alan Black. Look for my thoughts on this space adventure in May.
Until Next Time, See you among the Stacks.
Duncan.

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