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In this paperback version of the fantastic first book in the EREC REX series, discover Alypium, a hidden world within our own where our old knowledge of magic is kept, and strange and fantastical creatures abound. It is a beautiful and mystical place, but things are caving in. The king is hypnotized and his castle turned on its side. The very Substance that holds our planet together has gone awry, and whispers tell of evil plans to destroy everything. Twelve year old Erec Rex has been yanked out of our world and thrown unwillingly into danger here. As he learns how to get by in this strange place, he discovers some truths about himself, and must learn the power of trust and love in order to save his mother, and all of Alypium. In this riveting tale packed with action, humor, and a colorful cast of characters, debut author Kaza Kingsley brings us into a land of danger and excitement. For Erec, it is a world that is eerily familiar and inevitably entwined with his future.

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jnishjen, June 11, 2009 (view all comments by jnishjen)
A plot in which the young protagonist finds out that magic is real, and then enters into a magical world with its own set of rules that are discovered through trial and error. This could describe lots of young adult fiction, starting with Alice in Wonderland, the Oz books, and moving through Harry Potter and its many inferior imitations. Kaza Kingsley follows this basic plan, but she has created a thoroughly original new protagonist and magic world, combining elements of Greek and Celtic myth and riffing on the modern world (there’s a MagicNet, remote controllers for intensifying magic, and non-magic people are “Losers,” as compared to the “Keepers” who have kept magic knowledge).
Erec Rex is part of a large family of adopted children with a single mom. He doesn’t think much of the fact that their family has a few odd items, like a walking alarm clock and a dancing coatrack, and he mostly finds it annoying when he has what he calls “cloudy thoughts,” premonitions that push him to act in ways that he doesn’t understand. When his mother goes missing, Erec follows a cloudy thought to find her, and soon, with his new friend Bethany, he is traveling across the magic world. Instead of finding Erec’s mother, though, they find that there is going to be a contest to find three new kings or queens; it is only natural for them to enter. They make new friends, but they don’t always know who to trust. We learn the conventions as Erec and Bethany do, and we cheer them on as they take part in increasingly more difficult tasks and find out that they are more than just average kids – though Kingsley leaves a lot still for them to discover in future books. I look forward to following this series to the end.
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halofriendly, March 8, 2009 (view all comments by halofriendly)
I didn't finish this book. It was too much a copy of Harry Potter for me to enjoy.

I mean, an orphan (whose eyes are commented on by various characters) raised in the non-magical world who goes back to the magical world via the subway and participates in a multi-part contest (one part is an underwater contest where all the contestants can swim and breathe underwater and another part is a maze with deadly mythical creatures in it), while living in a castle with his brainy female friend (who has a pet cat that is more than what she seems to be) who sneaks around the castle with him using their invisibility caps and avoids a Snape-esque character and a Draco-esque character bent on getting them kicked out?

I'm sure I'm forgetting other similar aspects, but that's enough for me. I wish this book had a bit more originality to it because it has the potential to be really good.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780978655532
Author:
Kingsley, Kaza
Publisher:
Firelight Press
Illustrator:
Grant, Melvyn
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Copyright:
Series:
Erec Rex
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
July 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.52x5.34x1.02 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
08-15

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"Synopsis" by , In this paperback version of the fantastic first book in the EREC REX series, discover Alypium, a hidden world within our own where our old knowledge of magic is kept, and strange and fantastical creatures abound. It is a beautiful and mystical place, but things are caving in. The king is hypnotized and his castle turned on its side. The very Substance that holds our planet together has gone awry, and whispers tell of evil plans to destroy everything. Twelve year old Erec Rex has been yanked out of our world and thrown unwillingly into danger here. As he learns how to get by in this strange place, he discovers some truths about himself, and must learn the power of trust and love in order to save his mother, and all of Alypium. In this riveting tale packed with action, humor, and a colorful cast of characters, debut author Kaza Kingsley brings us into a land of danger and excitement. For Erec, it is a world that is eerily familiar and inevitably entwined with his future.
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