Release Date: April 7, 2009
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
How would you feel if, when you were twelve years old, your mother disappeared and, in the quest to save her, you left the real world and entered a world of magic and kings and queens? That’s exactly what happened to Erec Rex.
Erec is not your normal boy; he has a glass eye, his home contains things that are less than normal, and his brothers and sisters aren’t as special as he is, but they are certainly unusual. When Erec gets a “cloudy thought,” which are like visions, he knows his mother is in danger, and that he is the only one that can save her.
As Erec begins his search he meets Bethany, a girl who is being raised by her mean uncle and forced to work at his newsstand. Bethany knows a way to help Erec, and so she joins him on his journey. When the two go through an unnoticed door in the sidewalk, they enter a world much different than their own.
When they get to this world, called Alyphium, they find themselves in a contest to become the next rulers of the land. There are three rulers who will be replaced - King Piter, Queen Posey, and King Pluto. However, King Piter is sick and is slowly losing himself; the castle is quite literally on its side, and The Substance that holds the whole world together has gone askew. There is something very wrong in this magical world, and when things start happening and become dangerous, it’s up to Erec, with the help of Bethany, to fix things.
Although I first thought this was a knockoff of Harry Potter (and there are some correlations), this is a story with characters that are all their own. Kaza Kingsley has created an array of characters that are easily lovable and have depth. The story is adventurous and fun, with an element of danger and a “wait, did that really just happen?” quality.
Once I finished, I was eager to continue onto the next book in the series, just to know what happens next! The Dragon's Eye is a captivating read, and it stands to reason that with this cast of characters and the imagination of Ms. Kingsley, this could easily be the next phenomenon to sweep through the young adult fiction world.
There is plenty of humor for those who prefer lighthearted but still slightly dim stories. By the end of page one, I was already laughing so hard I had to put the book down. I also found myself oddly wanting Erec’s alarm clock. There are many more instances like this throughout the rest of the book, and this is definitely a novel that I would recommend to everyone.
For the older audience, parts of the story are a bit predictable, but the writing and depth of the characters totally makes up for that. If you haven’t heard of the Erec Rex series before, or have overlooked it in the stores, then you should run, not walk, to the nearest bookstore and pick up your copy today!