Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Erec Rex and The Search For Truth: By Kaza Kingsley



IN BOOK 3 OF THE EREC REX SERIES, Erec is faced with even more daunting tasks, choices, and dangers. Not only does the latest contest to become king appear to be a suicide mission, but it means more than just winning the crown of Alypium; if Erec doesn't succeed, then Upper Earth could disappear forever. So Erec must set out to retrieve the five Awen from their mystical hiding places and unite them, a herculean undertaking that has laid waste to all those who have attempted it. Before this can be completed, Erec will have to put a great friend in mortal danger and decide if that friend's life is worth the survival of Upper Earth. To succeed, he must face inner battles, passions, friendships, deadly missions, and daring risks in this breathtaking adventure.


Often when a very successful novel comes out, there are a number of authors who invariably come out with a similar work right after the first series’ success. This was the case with Twilight and vampires, The Hunger Games and dystopian fantasy, and in this case Harry Potter and The Erec Rex series.

That said, while Erec Rex does seem to replicate many aspects of Harry Potter, and some might say it’s inferior because it does copy some of the themes and features of Rowling’s infamous series, it is by no means a bad book.

Yes, there are parts of the Erec Rex series that feel like they’ve been in other books, but that does not mean they are not well written or interesting. Erec Rex is instead a fun read for middle school readers. It is filled with magic, action, quests, and mysteries galore.

In Erec Rex and the Search For Truth, Kingsley finally picks up the pace with the quests, putting two quests into the 3rd book, instead of the single quest found in books 1 and 2. This, along with Erex learning more about his powers with his dragon eyes brings even more excitement and action to The Search for Truth, making it fun and enjoyable.

That said, The Search for Truth, like many of the other books in the series is a little weak in dialog. Through some of the chapters I felt like shouting, who says this? Yet, with that complaint out of the way The Search for Truth does improve on some other aspects from its pervious books. Such as opening up the plot of the series more, allowing Erec to expand his character and other characters such as Baskania to expand as well.

All in all while critics and readers a like may feel Erec Rex isn’t the most original series, it is still an entertaining fun read, that’s great for middle school children.

7 out of 10


Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Published: July 6, 2010

Price: $8.99

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