Sunday, October 01, 2006

Here There Be Dragons

When Professor Sigurdsson is murdered on the fifteenth of March 1917, it is up to three Oxfordians--John, Jack, and Charles--to complete the professor’s unfinished business. Their task is to assume the role of caretaker to perhaps the world’s greatest literary treasure: the Imaginarium Geographica. Pursued fiercely by Sigurdsson’s murderers, the three are led by a mysterious guide, Bert, to the relative safety of his ship the Indigo Dragon. But the adventures are just beginning as they set sail for a land most mortals would never dream of reaching: the Archipelago of Dreams which “all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale, can be found within” (21).

As our young heroes find out, however, these imaginary realms are just as real--and just as much in danger--as their own. Are these raging wars a mere coincidence or are these ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’ worlds irrevocably tied together? These mysteries and more lie at the heart of James A. Owen’s novel Here There Be Dragons. Their shared adventures sailing the seas, meeting dragons--along with plenty of other memorable characters--might just inspire each to pen their own unforgettable stories one day for these three are none other than J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.

Whether you’re a fan of the Inklings, or just love fantasy and adventure in general, Here There Be Dragons, the first in a new series entitled The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, is too good to miss.

For more information on the book, go to the official book site. There you will be able to find out more about the background of the Imaginarium Geographica AND you will also be able to read the first few chapters of the novel.

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