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Arthurian legends meets Odysseus myths with a bit of time travel tossed in...and we can't forget the talking badgers! All of that plus a bit of history of map making (cartography). I loved how the accidental time traveler Hugo meets a certain Connecticut Yankee. Owen's mashing up of myths, legends, and classical literature continues to impress and be a fun read. ( )
  jrashk | Mar 3, 2017 |
Ok their are 3 characters in this book that represents famous authors like CS Lewis, Tolkien, and some other characters that represent other famous Authors. Basically put these three characters are keepers of the imaginarium geograhpica(place that's imaginary that teaches history and other things), and in this book in 1932 the 3 are separated by a catastrophic event that changes their time, so in order to fix their world and the other world they have to travel through time to defeat an enemy they already defeated! This in turn screws up the time-line somewhat even more!!
Great read :) ( )
  XXSphynx | Nov 21, 2011 |
Literary figures, myths and legends all intermingle in this time-travelling tale that blurs the lines between fact and fiction. An enjoyable read, if a little confusing at times. ( )
  Tselja | Sep 13, 2010 |
The third in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, The Indigo King tells of the further adventures of the Caretakers John, Jack and Charles as they deal with some major meddling in the timeline. Once again, Owen has blended real events in the lives of those represented by the Caretakers with an imagined history and a dose of allusions to great fantasy and mythic stories. This series is one of the best in recent memory for me - I highly recommend it, especially to fans of classic sf and fantasy literature. ( )
  drneutron | Nov 3, 2009 |
Review by Karen Simpson Nikakis:

The narrative has a sense of being a ‘boys own’ adventure–almost in the flavor of Tin Tin or of Sherlock Holmes, for it has a certain genteel air about it. The heroes are middle-aged Oxford scholars, John, Jack and Charles, who belong to a group–reminiscent of Tolkien’s Inklings–who study folk and fairy stories. The real purpose of the group though is to protect the Imaginarium Geographica, the atlas of the Archipelago of Dreams–where fairy stories are in fact true.
In this parallel world, fact and fable mix, bringing with them the threat of catastrophic changes to history unless the heroes overcome such malign forces as Mordred in all his ancestral forms, and the famous explorer Richard Burton. We have the burning of the great library of Alexandria and Geoffrey of Monmouth laboriously building his. And we have Ptolemy and Jules Verne. The plot is a clever and complex blend of both fictional and real historical events, but will work best only where the reader has a solid understanding of the works referred to.
  AurealisMagazine | May 27, 2009 |
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In the centuries that would pass, the spacious stone room known as Solitude would fill with an accumulation of culture; not by design, but because those who would eventually come to seek the occupant's skills would feel the obligation to bring something, anything, as gifts, or perhaps tribute.
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When, in 1931, there is a breach between this world and the Archipelago of Dreams, John and Jack, two of the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, must race through history using a time travel device left by Jules Verne, and discover the identity of the Cartographer.… (more)

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