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The Search for Truth (Erec Rex) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

4.1 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Erec Rex Series

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Grade 5–7—Erec Rex and his friends Bethany, Oscar, Jam, and King Piter are back. So, too, are the mean Stain triplets and the evil mastermind Thanatos Argus Baskania. Erec is still on a quest to become king. The story starts out with him turning partially into a dragon while in a grocery store and soon after being captured by Baskania, who intends to remove Erec's all-seeing dragon eyes and use them to gain control of the world. The protagonist and his friends spend much of the book dodging Baskania and the triplets as they try to complete quests three and four. Quest three has something to do with a "behind," and Kingsley milks that and other incidents for all the toilet humor possible. Quest four, on the other hand, is inspired by Welsh mythology. Throughout, Erec searches for his true parentage and attempts to understand a vision of the future in which King Piter's castle is destroyed. The boy hero with the smart girl sidekick, the wacky magical items, and even the silly food are reminiscent of the "Harry Potter" books. The ongoing adventures that will eventually lead to rulership are suggestive of Garth Nix's "The Keys to the Kingdom" series (Scholastic). Kingsley doesn't have the skills of Rowling or Nix but the excitement keeps the story rolling along despite some clunky dialogue. The book is certainly of interest to readers of the earlier works in the series but is not an easy place for others to start.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI END --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"This imaginative universe will delight and enthrall readers of young adult fantasy and have them eagerly awaiting the next installment." -- VOYA

"Kaza Kingsley has outdone herself with The Search for Truth, and Erec Rex has come into his own as a standout character in the world of young adult fantasy. This latest tale is packed with adventure, humor, and a delightful imagination that will keep you entranced." -- J. S. Lewis, author of the Grey Griffins series

"Hilarious, spellbinding, and heartwarming at the same time. I couldn't put it down, straight to the jaw-dropping ending." -- Devon Werkheiser, star of Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: Erec Rex (Book 3)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743583868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743583862
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Erec Rex is back in his third adventure trying to save Alyphium. This time Baskania, aka The Shadow Prince, is back again trying to make the Stain Brothers the next kings. From the very beginning it's easy to see that this is going to be similar to the other two books in that the quests and situations Erec faces will possibly end his life.

This time though, it's not just Erec's life in danger, it's also his best friend (and hopefully one day love interest?), Bethany's life that is also in danger this time. As Erec returns to Alyphium from recovering from the last quests in Upper Earth, which seems to be a pattern, he finds that Bethany is in danger and he must hurry and get to her before she makes a big mistake.

The Shadow Prince has found an "inside man," so to speak and is gaining knowledge about Erec and his ventures, that he shouldn't know anything about. This means, for Erec that one of his close friends is betraying the trust that he has given them. This also means that somehow, he has to outsmart The Shadow Prince, along with the Stain brothers, and complete his quests.

These quests, like all the others, seem like they are becoming exceptionally dangerous and gives me the thought that either Erec can put every superhero to shame or he will be dead by the next book. But since there are still five other books in the series and Erec is the title character, I know this is not the case.

This time Erec must "Get behind and set it free," which is quite amusing to some extent. We also get a lot of unanswered questions answered and, as usual, we get more questions, but in due time they will all be answered, I'm sure.
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Format: Hardcover
Erec Rex is back in his third adventure trying to save Alyphium. This time Baskania, aka The Shadow Prince, is back again trying to make the Stain Brothers the next kings. From the very beginning, it's easy to see that this is going to be similar to the other two books in that the quests and situations Erec faces will possibly end his life.

This time though, it's not just Erec's life in danger, it's also his best friend (and hopefully one day love interest?), Bethany's life that is also in danger. As Erec returns to Alyphium from recovering from the last quests in Upper Earth, which seems to be a pattern, he finds that Bethany is in danger and he must hurry and get to her before she makes a big mistake.

The Shadow Prince has found an "inside man," so to speak, and is gaining knowledge about Erec and his ventures, that he shouldn't know anything about. This means, for Erec, that one of his close friends is betraying the trust that he has given them. This also means that somehow, he has to outsmart The Shadow Prince, along with the Stain brothers, and complete his quests.

These quests, like all the others, seem like they are becoming exceptionally dangerous and gives me the thought that either Erec can put every superhero to shame or he will be dead by the next book. But since there are still five other books in the series and Erec is the title character, I know this is not the case.

This time Erec must "Get behind and set it free," which is quite amusing to some extent. We also get a lot of unanswered questions answered and, as usual, we get even more questions, but in due time they will all be answered, I'm sure.
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This is a great series and I highly recommend it.
Again it is an audio book and the reader, Simon Jones,
does a great job. I was pleased to be able to get it
through an Amazon seller, at a great price & brand new!
The packaging is cardboard, but works fine for me.
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This is a good book for kids, but it really has very few similarities to Harry Potter and its universe. But it is definitely a fantasy book that will appeal to strong young readers (not yet at YA books) able to handle a fairly complicated plot with many pages. A strong-reading fourth grader would find this book appropriate; I'm not sure it has great appeal throughout the YA/teen years. It is fairly long but it does start out very quickly and doesn't spend a lot of time setting the scene or rehashing the plot of the first few in the series.

I agree that it is not ideal to begin with this volume of the series, as it fosters so many questions (why does he have dragon eyes? How come he turns into a dragon? What's the deal with his friend's dad?) but I do think the author very subtly tries to introduce previous plot elements to help refresh readers of the first few books. To new readers jumping in, however, it probably isn't enough to be entirely satisfying.

For readers who enjoyed the first few books of the series, this one will advance the plot sufficiently to make it a worthwhile read.
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This is a good coming-of-age style fantasy for Junior High readers. In book 3 of the Erec Rex books Erec is put through many tests in his quest to become King, and the fate of Upper Earth depends on it. The character deals with many battles along the way to mix adventure and tension with the humor. It was a little difficult jumping in on the tale with the third book when I hadn't read the first two in the series, so I would urge readers to start with the first book. The author does fill in back story here and there, but in my experience that made the flow seem awkward. Overall, it was an enjoyable tale.

Chrissy K. McVay
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