Published in: 2003
Edition read: Hardcover
Book #: Book 2 in the Eagle and Jaguar series
Alexander Cold and his best friend, Nadia are reunited when Alex’s fearless grandmother and International Geographic are taking them to another remote niche of the world — a forbidden kingdom tucked into the frosty peaks of the Himalayas. Their task: to locate its fabled Golden Dragon, a sacred statue and priceless oracle, before it is destroyed by the greed of an outsider.
With the aid of a sage Buddhist monk, his young royal disciple, and a fierce tribe of Yeti warriors, and armed with the power of their totemic animal spirits, Alexander and Nadia fight to protect the holy rule of the Golden Dragon.
Out of the trilogy, I think this might be my favourite book. It’s slow to get into, but it gets pretty good eventually and there is a lot of action and adventure happening throughout the story. Alex and Nadia make new friends in the book, adding to their already eclectic selection of friends, and there are all sorts of new things to wrap your head around, like the yeti’s.
As far as plausibility goes, this book is pretty unrealistic. However, for the aspect of fun adventure for kids, this book is pretty spot on. Good characters, lots of fun scenarios, and the touch of fantastic that makes the magic of the story really click with the reader.
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon rating: 6/10.
Would I re-read it? It isn’t my favourite series ever, it’s more of a “read once” kind of deal, but if I was bored enough I would read it again.
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the trilogy or the author. It is aimed at teenagers and would be suitable for them or older children to read, especially if they enjoy adventure stories with hints of magic.
Author’s website: http://www.isabelallende.com/en/book/kingdom