Genre: YA portal fantasy
Length: 371 pages
Setting: Nine years after the events of Here, There Be Dragons, mostly in the Underneath of the Archipelago of Dreams.
Interest: It’s the second book in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series
Summary: Charles, John, and Jack are summoned back to the Archipelago of Dream by Laura Glue. She was sent by her grandfather, Peter Pan, to find Jamie Barrie, a previous Caretaker of the Imaginarium Geographica. It seems that all the children of the Archipelago, along with all the Dragonships. The Caretakers follow the instructions of the Imaginarium Geographica into the Underneath. After escaping from the Croatoans, the Caretakers make their way from island to island, looking for clue to the missing children or Dragonships. There’s evidence that the Tower of Time is crumbling and there are rogue portals from the time stream strewn about the world. The Dragonships and children appear out of one those rifts, lead by the King of Crickets, who is using the Pan pipes to command the children to lead a Crusade. The King is ultimately defeated, the pipes destroyed, and the children returned to where they were stolen from.
Final thoughts: Another excellent story, this one riffing on Odysseus and Peter Pan. Now, I’m hoping I can convince Miss Adventure to let me read her Peter Pan as a bedtime story. Like the first book, it is a story that rewards the well-read. It has all the elements of a good story – puzzles to be solved, children to be rescued, action, adventure, an unwilling hero. Everything comes out alright in the end (this is a kid’s book, after all), but there are a couple of surprising reveals at the end that inform the reader the conflict isn’t over. Be sure to read the Author’s Note at the end of the book to catch all of the allusions to other stories the author included in this book.
Title comes from: The Red Dragon was the first of the Dragonships, and it was lost hundreds of years ago. Some people claimed they saw the boat around the time the children went missing, so the hope was if they found the boat, they’d find the children.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 28/100 in my 100 Book Challenge
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