Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 375
Series : #3 Imaginarium Geographica
Format : Teenage Fiction, Fantasy
Reason for Reading : Once Upon a Time Challenge III, to carry on with the series
John and Jack are back with their friend Hugo Dyson. They have recieved a manuscript from Charles and have decided to begin training Hugo has a backup Caretaker. The manuscript is from the sixth centuary and has a message written in what looks like blood signed by Hugo himself. He confirms the writing is his and it concerns the Holy Grail and they go outside for a walk. In the grounds around Oxford University they find a door with a carving of the Grail appears from midair and Hugo walks through it. The other two try to call him back but he disappears.
A search and rescue party of badgers appears sent specially to appear on this day, place and at this time. Thus begins the journey of Jack and John into a world where things are vastly different. They meet up with Chaz (who Charles turned out to be in the different world) and Bert who is missing a few limbs. They need to travel through time using clues left by Jules Verne to find out the true identity of the Cartographer and Mordred and stop him from changing the world.
This was somehow quite different to the feel of the first two books in the series. It was more focused, slightly less action packed with more of a linear plot despite all the time travel. It brought in ideas of divinty, christianity and the Grail mysteries. I love that it was based on a real evening between the three characters and led to one discovering his true faith. I am so excited to read the fourth book The Shadow Dragon, although it would be good to have a new villian.