Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: The Indigo King

The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: The Indigo King

James A. Owen
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, 2008   ISBN: 978-1416951070

When Charles sends his friend Jack an old book, Jack decides to bring together his friends John and Hugo to look at the volume and talk about what it might mean. Jack, John, and Charles are Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, a book filled with maps that describe the Archipelago of Dreams. The Archipelago is a place where the people and creatures of myth, fairytale, and legend live, and the three friends have already had two adventures to ensure that this precious place is kept safe.

When Jack, John and Hugo examine the ancient book, they discover that it contains a message from Hugo. Apparently, somehow, and at some point in time, Hugo travels back to the sixth century. From there he sends a message to the Caretakers in the future by writing in the book.

Hugo does not believe what John and Jack tell him, deciding instead that the book and the message is a hoax or a joke. Then he goes through a magical door and vanishes – into the past. John and Jack have no choice but to follow Hugo through the door and they arrive in an ancient Britain that is a terrible place. Somehow, because of Hugo's trip back in time, the barrier between the Archipelago and the real world has collapsed and both worlds have been taken over by a dark and evil power. Together the Caretakers must find Hugo and undo the damage that his journey has done.

In this third book in the Imaginarium Geographica series, readers will once again take a journey that is unique and fascinating. Bouncing around through time, the adventurers try to unravel the mysteries that surround them, stumbling on all kinds of interesting people and creatures as they do so. Readers who enjoy fantasy titles will love this unpredictable and engrossing tale where the tales about Arthur and other myths come together in a very distinctive way.