Monday, February 6, 2012
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, Isabel Allende
This is the sequel to City of the Beasts and it was equally engaging and compelling. In this adventure, Alex and Nadia, Jaguar and Eagle now journey to the Himalayas with Kate to try and find the Golden Dragon, a magical statue used to predict the future. This is a suspenseful book, and the journey, which at first appears to be exciting, but non-dangerous, quickly turns sinister. I liked this even more than the first book because the characters were already familiar, so you could dive right into the story without too much explaining. There were also some interesting new characters, including the king off the Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, his son, and a sage Buddhist monk, who aids Alexander and Nadia. I immediately was absorbed by the plot and raced through the book, eager to discover what would happen in the end. If you read City of the Beasts and liked it, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon is a wonderful sequel. I look forward to reading the final book in the trilogy, Forest of the Pygmies. 437 pages, 5 stars.