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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Erec Rex (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Firelight Press, Inc.; 1 edition (October 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978655567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978655563
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an action packed fantasy filled with rich characters kids will really relate to. Erec Rex is poised to take over Harry Potter's long reign. --Maria Schneider, Senior Editor, Writers Digest Magazine

Dragon's Eye is a fantastic tale of a boy who gets caught up in a world he never knew existed and finds out he is part of something much bigger than he knew. It is a magical story filled with suspense, intensity, heart and courage. I loved this book . . . and I'll be waiting for a sequel. --Devon Werkheiser, Actor starring as Ned in Nickelodeon's daily sitcom, "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide."

Erec Rex: The Dragon's Eye is a terrific book to encourage children to read. They will love the element of fantasy and suspense, and teachers will appreciate the complexity of logic and problem solving and the inspiration for creativity within the story. This book will be added to my recommended book list. --Barbara Hilb, Middle School Gifted Intervention Specialist

About the Author

Kaza Kingsley is a writer, artist and singer who loves travel and adventure, especially in dangerous and mystical realms. Kaza is also a movie buff and loves to read on those rare occasions that she has the time. When she is not off exploring, she can be found in Cincinnati with her loving family . . . although she may be dreaming of the stars.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a great fantasy.
K. Severinsen
Once I finished, I was eager to continue onto the next book in the series, just to know what happens next!
TeensReadToo
Kaza Kingsley has created an array of characters that are easily lovable and have depth.
Samantha Clanton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daanon P. Decock on November 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read a lot of young adult fantasy. My wife is an elementary school librarian and I run a book group for grown-ups that read kids' lit. I saw the Erec Rex books on the shelf at a book store recently and was instantly drawn in by Melvin Grant's beautiful covers and was surprised I had never heard of the series before considering how closely I follow the genre. My first thought was there must be a reason that I've never heard of Erec Rex before, that perhaps it was just a cheap Harry Potter knock off and sure the are correlations, but Erec Rex definitely has his own story and it's wonderful and exciting.

What's familiar? Erec is 12 years old and has been hidden away from the world of magic and his true place in the world. Upon entering the world of magic he quickly finds himself in a tournament that is supposed to give every young person in the Kingdom of Keepers the chance to become one of the next kings, the kingdom has three rulers; King Piter, Queen Posey, and King Pluto. King Piter's triplets were the rightful heirs to the throne, but they and their mother died at age three. Ten years have passed since then, King Piter has fallen ill and is slowly slipping away , and after almost 500 years of ruling Posey and Pluto are ready to pass on their magical scepters and let somebody else rule. The tournament will definitely draw some comparisons to the Triwizard Tournament from Goblet of Fire, especially considering one of the challenges is underwater. Erec has Bethany the ultra smart math whiz as a sidekick and is competing against Balor Stain who's father is a famous magician, who could be compared to Hermione and Draco Mafloy. It may sound like a lot, but it's not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nephesh on August 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked Erc Rex up at Barnes and Noble for no real particular reason. I started reading it after I had finished the last Harry Potter book. Though it took me about three chapters to get into the book, after I did it really flowed. Ms. Kingsley is quite talented and imaginative. I had never heard of someone using remote controls for magic in place of say a wand. When you look at her world she created as a whole it makes a person smile, in her world anyone can use / learn magic. Even though its fantasy its nice to think of such a place.

Erec is a boy of 12, and he has 5 siblings. The family is quite poor and has to move around. The day Erec's mother goes missing is the day his life changes and his adventure starts. I look forward to reading the 2nd installment in Erec's adventures this fall.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SJ on March 15, 2007
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This book was fun and exciting up until the end. Instead of leaving me breathless with anticipation for the next book; it left me befuddled with a great big, "HUH?" The book was so well paced until the end and then we jumped from the party, to home, to the past...boom, boom, boom...too many scenes, too little information.

I found myself leafing back through the pages to see if any had stuck together and I had missed something important. No luck.

My 12 year old is reading it next. Maybe he can explain it to me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rajesh Motie on December 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
In Kaza Kingsley's debut novel, twelve-year-old Erec Rex has lived a weird and uneasy life for a while now. He only has one eye (the other is glass), his foster mom can barely support all her adopted kids, they've moved into an incredibly small apartment, and while the strange, life-like objects the kids grew up with (like the pesky alarm clock or the dancing coat rack) are endearing, they can also be very irritating. Even worse, Erec constantly experiences what he calls "cloudy thoughts". These are thoughts that suddenly take over his mind and force him to play out certain actions. One morning, Erec's mom is missing, and he gets a cloudy thought ordering him to go find her. He sets out, and he eventually stumbles into Alypium, a hidden kingdom where magic is used. Here there are contests being held to decide new rulers. Anyone who enters gets free food and a place to stay at the Castle Alypium. When Erec finds out that his mom is in Alypium, he immediately joins the contests, and from there, he's going to have to rescue her.

When Erec starts discovering a whole new world of magic, I was awed. I enjoyed the world Kaza Kingsley has created. In this world, anyone can use magic; magic is essential to life and flows through everywhere in channels, and it is often combined with technology. The sense of discovery while reading Erec Rex: The Dragon's Eye is one of its key strengths. It's fun to wonder what'll be around the next corner. It's the kind of world you'd want to see for yourself, one that I can't wait to learn more about in future books.

Still, there are a bunch of problems that could get worse as this series progresses. First, the way mythology is used. There's Greek mythology, but that's not the main focus, actually, nothing is. I guess all myths are true...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annalise on January 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
My elementary-age kids love listening to this in the car. We have a long drive to school which gets pretty dull without a good book. Listening to an adventure story like this one on audio makes for a good time for all. Erec's quests help him learn morality and are good life lessons for kids to learn (without realizing they are learning).
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