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The Dragon's Eye (Erec Rex) (vuoden 2006 painos)

– tekijä: Kaza Kingsley (Tekijä)

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Twelve-year-old Erec Rex stumbles upon a world where magic has not been forgotten, and must survive the ultimate test in order to save the magical kingdom he was born to rule.
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Teoksen nimi:The Dragon's Eye (Erec Rex)
Kirjailijat:Kaza Kingsley (Tekijä)
Info:Firelight Press, Inc. (2006), Edition: 1, 345 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 15) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Interesting story

I liked it, and will read the rest of the series. I wonder who the other two future monarchs will be? ( )
  Sonja-Fay-Little | Jan 24, 2019 |
I tend to give every book I enjoyed a four star rating and am stingy with the five stars, saving them for my very favorite series. This book is really more of a 4.5 for me, in part because it was so much better than the cover (and some Audible reviews) had led me to expect.

I absolutely adore the young adult fantasy worlds of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and Septimus Heap, as well as those created by Diana Wynne Jones, but many of the "just like ..." books I've read fall short of evoking a similar kind of charming and whimsical world that is nonetheless distinctly original to the series.

The first book in the Erec Rex series surprised me by being charming and whimsical right off the bat -- and the author isn't even British! (Although the publishers wisely decided on a British narrator for the audiobook version.) I'm sure critics can find parallels between the world of Erec Rex and other popular young adult fantasy worlds, and sure some aspects of the "hero's journey" are familiar. But that's less of a case of "ripping off" Harry Potter than it is a case of tapping into fantasy and epic paradigms that existed long before JK Rowling took pen to napkin.

I was thoroughly charmed and immediately bought the next book in the series. I wasn't able to find the audio version through my Scribd subscription, but here's hoping they add it soon! ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
Too bad. There is some fun and original material, but it's buried in all the borrowing from Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. ( )
  Inky_Fingers | Dec 21, 2014 |
2.5 stars
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

When Erec Rex??s adoptive mother disappears into a tunnel under a New York City sidewalk, 12-year-old Erec and his new friend Bethany go looking for her. Below the city streets they find a new world full of magic and enter a contest which, if they win, will make them king and queen of Alypium.

The Dragonƒ??s Eye, the first book in Kaza Kingsleyƒ??s EREC REX series, is a fun, fast-paced childrenƒ??s adventure featuring a magical world thatƒ??s hidden from modern society but can be accessed through a magical version of Grand Central station. When they get there, Erec and Bethany meet tricksy ghosts, make potions, learn a new sport, and get their own pets. They live in a castle, which is a welcome change from the closet Erec is used to sleeping in.

The magical competition involves growing gills and swimming below a lake inhabited by a sea monster to meet the race of water sprites who live there. Another task involves a hazardous maze and another requires them to steal something from a dragon. Bethany, who happens to be a math genius, gets plenty of chances to impress people with her brilliance as they complete these tasks. Although sheƒ??s only 13, she can talk intelligently about calculus and linear algebra and even uses the correct jargon, despite having no formal education. During all this, the kids must, of course, avoid the traps laid by the mean rich boy and his cronies who are eager to see them fail. There are a few adults who seem evil, too.

A big surprise to Erec (but probably not to the reader) is that his name is famous in Alypium. All this time his adoptive mother, who had magically changed his appearance, had been trying to hide him in the world of the ƒ??Losersƒ? above, but his name gave him away when he entered their world. I couldnƒ??t help but wonder, if she was so worried about him being found, why she didnƒ??t change his name, too. Oh, well.

I know what youƒ??re thinking: ƒ??This is HARRY POTTER.ƒ? But youƒ??re wrong. This is not HARRY POTTER. And thatƒ??s its problem. Some of the story is cute, but itƒ??s never very clever, and nearly every part of the plot has a parallel to HARRY POTTER, even down to the soul-sucking Dementors (which are called "Destroyers" in Kingsley's work). Itƒ??s full of heavy foreshadowing and all of the adults are stupid. Despite the supposed danger, we never really worry about the characters.

The Dragonƒ??s Eye is clearly meant to appeal to youngsters who havenƒ??t yet read HARRY POTTER, or maybe are too young for how dark HARRY POTTER can get, and thatƒ??s fine. However, itƒ??s hard to admire a work thatƒ??s so derivative but lacks the qualities that make the imitated work so brilliant. I think that most discerning readers who love Rowlingƒ??s series will be disappointed in The Dragonƒ??s Eye. And if it didnƒ??t want to be compared to HARRY POTTER, it shouldnƒ??t have copied it.

I read the audio version which was produced by Simon & Schuster Audio and narrated by Simon Jones. Mr. Jones was a terrific reader. If you're going to read The Dragon's Eye, I recommend this version.

Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
This is a very fun book! There is mystery, magic, danger, adventure, friendship, and family. It is geared slightly more towards younger readers; however, I found this a rather enjoyable read with the promise of fun future adventures. ( )
  catya77 | Jul 23, 2013 |
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