Release Date: 06/01/11
Seven years after the events of The Shadow Dragons, John, Jack and Charles are finally able to return to their beloved Archipelago of Dreams. But even as their return is celebrated by old friends, new concerns shadow the reunion, namely the threat of Echthroi, the primordial Shadow, but, perhaps even worse, the apparent splintering of Time itself. Now, the Caretakers must fight against their most fearsome enemy ever and attempt to restore Time. They must journey through a forgotten door from the destroyed Keep of Time in order to seek out the Dragon's Apprentice. If they fail, it will mean the end of both of the worlds. But success will carry its own price - a price that may be too high even for the Caretakers to bear.
James writing to me is like a huge slice of cake, there’s so much decoration as well as great ingredients that it’s impossible to take it all in on the first reading. As such I just love the chance to reread the whole series just prior to starting the next title in order to refresh my memory as well as having the chance to enjoy the magical world unveiling itself.
What James also does well is give the reader a world full of imagination backed with some great prose alongside some seriously delightful dialogue. Back that up with a master’s touch and understanding of pace as well as characters that you just can’t let go after the final page is turned and you’ve got a real gem of a series to enjoy. Great stuff.