The Dragon's Eye (Erec Rex #1) by Kaza Kingsley
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 345 pages
Publisher: Firelight Press, Inc.; 1 edition
Erec Rex is a 12 year old boy who has been living in a non-magical world, when he was actually born in a magical world. Sound familiar? Well, this is where the similarities between Erec Rex and Harry Potter end. For all those clamoring for a new fantasy series to read after the ending of Harry Potter, then look no further - Kaza Kingsley has given us a unique and interesting take on the world of magic.
Erec unknowingly enters the magical world of the Kingdom of the Keepers while searching for his mother. Erec has an unusual gift - the dark thoughts. When the dark thoughts take over Erec's mind, he must do what they say. When the dark thoughts tell him to go in search of his mother, he encounters a new friend, Bethany, who helps him search for his mother.
Erec soon finds himself in a tournament to become one of the new rulers of the Kingdom of the Keepers. The current rulers are King Piter, King Pluto and Queen Posey - but King Piter has been ill for over 10 years. It was King Piter's own children - triplets - who were to be the new rulers, but they mysteriously died as babies.
People are not always what they appear to be in the uniquely different world of magic and mayhem. Allies become enemies and enemies turn out to be friendly - it is unclear whom to trust in this newly created world.
This books gives you many unusual new items and animals, as well as magical devices:
Magical seeing eyeglasses - let you see the person you miss the most.
Cloudsicles - yummy snacks to eat.
Aniballs - different colored balls which turn into animals.
Inquizzles - will answer one question for you.
Nitrowisherine - a liquid that explodes, then grants a wish.
This is a wonderful new series for young adults, and adults who are young at heart. The second book in the series is The Monsters of the Otherness. The third book - The Search for the Truth - will be released this summer.
Visit Kaza Kingsley's blog at The Memory Mogul and the official Erec Rex website at Erec Rex