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The Dragon's Eye (Erec Rex #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,797 Ratings  ·  276 Reviews
Enter Alypium, a hidden world within our own where our old knowledge of magic is kept, and strange and fantastical creatures abound. It is a beautiful and mystical place, but things are caving in. the king is hypnotized and his castle turned on its side. The very Substance that holds our planet together has gone awry . . . and whispers tell of evil plans to destroy everyth ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2006)
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Sep 26, 2007 Kaza rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I wrote it ... what can I say?
It's the story of a boy whose mother is missing. He finds she is held prisoner of an evil king. Erec has to help her escape, but he finds out the whole magical world is in danger ... and he has to save the day!!!
Kat  Hooper
Nov 09, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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 Dragon’s Eye, the first book in Kaza Kingsley’s EREC REX series, is a fun, fast-paced children’s adventure featuring a magical world that’s hidden from mo
Nov 20, 2010 Ryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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An extremely predictable and disappointing book that was almost painful to read. The characters are bland and stick very much to type ("Harry", "Snape", "Hermonie", and "Dumbledore"--to the button) and the author is determined to make sure absolutely nothing happens which could possibly make these characters grow beyond their familiar and "safe" traits. The plot is familiar and ridiculous "sad-orphan-boy-runs-away-develops-platonic-relationship-with-girl-orphan-travel-to-fantasy-realm-boy-finds- ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just didn't like it. The premise was a little too similar to Harry Potter, which made it impossible not to compare. The characters were all just ridiculous. Like, we're choosing our next rulers, who will be our rulers for the next few centuries, and anyone can enter, and there is rampant cheating, and no one notices?? Seriously? A whole bunch of people cheat and nobody, NOBODY, notices? Or cares? The main character knows nothing about himself, but never bothers trying to find anything out. He' ...more
Riris Fadilah
Ketika membaca Tunnels dan Septimus Heap, tidak serta merta inget sama Harry Potter walaupun ada label the next Harry Potter di covernya. Tetapi ketika membaca Erec Rex, dari awal hingga akhir cerita cenderung membanding-bandingkan sama HP walaupun tidak ada embel2 HP di cover. Iyah memang beda sih ceritanya, tapi ada beberapa karakter, stuff, dan situasi yang hampir sama kaya HP.

Ini yang menurutku mengingatkan sekali pada HP :

Erec -- Harry (tokoh utama, sama2 anak biasa yang ternyata mempunyai
brian tanabe
Oct 15, 2007 brian tanabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The next Harry Potter? I truly can’t tell if Ms. Kingsley desperately wants to draw parallels to the wizarding wonder or if she desperately wants nothing to do with Mr. Potter. That being said, Kingsley creates a fast-paced young adult book that hits the ground running. There is very little hand-holding in Erec Rex which I surmise is empowering for her primary audience. Smooth-flowing dialogue and a effervescent imagination are some of the many gifts Ms. Kingsley employs. I look forward to readi ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Kaza added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you
This is the first in the Erec Rex series that I wrote. It's about a boy whose mother is missing. He finds she's held prisoner by an evil king. He has to help her escape - but he finds out the whole magical world is in danger ... and he has to save the day ....
Apr 23, 2008 Doug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful first novel by Kaza Kingsley. The novel is pure fantasy, but like any great fantasy, it appears plausible and has just enough of the 'real world' in it so that you feel like you are part of the story. :)Doug
Mia Prasetya
Dec 17, 2009 Mia Prasetya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Kelar dalam waktu 3 hari, suka covernya. Bayangin covernya si Erec mirip dengan freddie highmore dari rambut sampai senyum simpulnya.

Kesan setelah membaca 5 bab pertama :
- bingung, alurnya cepet sampai bolak balik lagi ke halaman depannya. entah karena lagi ga konsen atau penokohan yang hanya sepintas di awal.

- mau ga mau bandingin dengan Harry Potter dan Percy Jackson. Kalau dengan harpot mirip karena per bab ada gambar sketsa pensil gitu. Tapi yang bikin seru lumayan menggambarkan isi bab dan
Book Elf
Nov 23, 2011 Book Elf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who love magical world and HP
Absolutely amazing!

If i can give a rate of seven, I will give it to this book. It superseded my high expectations on Erec Rex. From start to finish I was starving for this book. Some say it's like HP but it was totally different. Kaza Kingsley hit the target of what I wanted to write. Fantastic! There was no boring moment. I was on the peak of my flu but I cannot put the book down.

Let me tell you why: SPOILER ALERT!

- I like Erec Rex. He was not dumb. He didn't r
Kelley Anne
This book was an extremely fun read! I was intrigued at page 1 and hooked by page 50. The book is the first in a series that I could easily see becoming as popular as Harry Potter. It’s written as a pre-teens fantasy, but will appeal to readers of all ages. Kingsley did a fantastic job of creating a fun, intriguing world with great characters that you could easily identify with. I loved how she took ordinary, every day things and twisted them up. For example, instead of just using the common nam ...more
Rachel MacNaught
something was likeable, but it was sometimes as bad as it's cover art. it's definitely a young read, i'd put the target age at about 9 years old.

plot was lame. or rather, the way it went about was. it was quite a caper, but each problem ceases to exist the moment after it's mentioned. everything is so bloody convenient. if he needs something, the next character will happen by with the solution. if he's in a pickle, the only item he has is a surefire way. stuck in a situation with no way out? don
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Samantha Clanton aka "Harlequin Twilight" for

How would you feel if, when you were twelve years old, your mother disappeared and, in the quest to save her, you left the real world and entered a world of magic and kings and queens? That's exactly what happened to Erec Rex.

Erec is not your normal boy; he has a glass eye, his home contains things that are less than normal, and his brothers and sisters aren't as special as he is, but they are certainly unusual. When Erec
Dec 18, 2007 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: start-up-lit
"Erec Rex: the Dragon's Eye" by Kaza Kingsley

This book is an empowering original created by the crafty genius of Kaza Kingsley. A few times i was reminded of Harry Potter but this story is unique, Kaza Kingsley is a wordsmith so don't go in expecting J.K.Rawlings, they are both amazing but VERY different.

It's the story of a boy whose mother is missing. He finds she is being held prisoner of an evil king that has been hypnotized.

Erec has to help her escape!

Erec Rex finds out that the whole magi
Apr 24, 2014 DavidO rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is trying very hard to be Harry Potter, as seen by it's cover, formatting, and the style of the pictures inside (not to mention a very similar plot). Unfortunately it has none of the humor. None of the characters are memorable, while I still remember most of them from Harry Potter years later. The characters each had their own names, but not their personalities were either "yet another generic nice kid" or "yet another generic selfish kid". Will not be continuing the series.
Erika Schoeps
Mar 08, 2015 Erika Schoeps rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the most ridiculous pointless knockoff of Harry Potter. I quit reading after 5 or 6 chapters because I was annoyed and fedup. The book's layout and chapter headings even copy Harry Potter. A ploy to make some money off of Harry Potter's well earned success.
Jul 28, 2011 Becca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only got to Chapter 5 and gave up. It is one of those books that tries to hard to be different,weird, and overly magical. I like more subtle fantasy.
May 09, 2016 Anastasiya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE, ESPECIALLY NOT KIDS
I do not care to be impatiently yanked along for an adventure I am not sure I want to be having.

Make no mistake, I love being dropped into the fray from straight out.
But I absolutely loath authors being all rush-rush - the exact thing that happens straight away in this book. It's like I was having my back impatiently pushed to "Go on, go on! NO dawdling! Adventure ahead! GO ON!" Annoying is what it is.

The cloudy thoughts thing? That's enough to put me off reading these books altogether. That's
When I first started this book I thought, "This reminds me a bit of Harry Potter." I also thought, "This reminds me a bit of Percy Jackson." and "This reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." and "This reminds me of The Magickers." and "This reminds me of Charlie Bone." Reading through the reviews, there's a lot of people who seem to be unhappy with this story because "it's a Harry Potter rip off." And while I suspect that it was heavily influenced but Harry Potter, I don't think every ...more

When this novel was first released several years ago, I happened to stumble upon it at my local library. Aside from cinemas, sporting grounds and bookshops, libraries happen to be my favourite places on Earth to visit and for reasons such as the one I am detailing here. Where else could you stumble upon a new and magical adventure to read all about?

The plot, as best I remember it can be summed up in a similar manner to Gregor the Overlander in that you have the hero Erec Rex who has a parent go
James Maxon
Jul 10, 2012 James Maxon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-shelf
On a trip to Chicago, Kingsley took a set of mythology books with her. The stories she read from Jason and the Golden Fleece to The Trolls of Norway were so vivid and beautiful that they inspired her. On New Year’s Day of 2004, she sat down to collect her thoughts of what became Erec Rex. As she plotted the series, bits of mythology wove their way into her ideas, and, on April 7, 2009, the first book was published.

Story overview:
Twelve-year-old Erec Rex lives as one of several adopted children–m
Jun 10, 2009 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in one of the Goodreads drawings, and I have to say this was the best thing to be mailed to me in a while. The book is Eric Rex -The Dragon Eye by Kaza Kingsley. I received this book on Saturday, opened it and read it in one sitting. It was really, really good. I think the comparison to Harry Potter is inevitable, but there are not really that many similarities. The story is about a boy who ends up trying to find his mother after she goes missing. He ends up finding a magica ...more
Apr 14, 2009 TamTam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book! It's just a fun adventure of this boy Erec Rex who is adopted by this woman who's got connections to the magic world. She gets kidnapped and Erec goes to find her...and she happens to be in this magic world. While there, there is a contest to be the new kings (there are three in the magic world) and all three need to be replaced. But something fishy is going on.

This one kept me up late reading...and I even picked it up in the middle of the night if I'd wake up sometimes. I would
Feb 17, 2011 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is dedicated to my brother-in-law, Karl, who can never read enough books with dragons in them. This is another fantasy series along the lines of Harry Potter. Erec Rex, a young boy living in New York, discovers another world that co-exists with ours. He soon finds himself in a contest to become one of the three kings/queens of this magical world and he uncovers secrets about his past along the way.

The book has a bit of a slow beginning, but by the end I was really enjoying the story.
May 10, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the story of Erec Rex, who's adopted mother goes missing one day. Erec knows this because his mother's glasses (which she always wears) are sitting on the bed. As Erec begins to search for the truth, he comes across Bethany who is trying to escape an overly bearing Uncle. The two combine their efforts and make their way into a new world under their city. Here begins the similarities with the Harry Potter series.
Erec and Bethany get swept up into entering a set of challenges to decide th
Feb 05, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awal perkenalan saya dengan Erec Rex ini adalah melalui sebuah taruhan dengan diri saya sendiri. Soalnya, saya belum pernah mendengar gaung novel ini sama sekali, dan membeli Erec Rex ini seperti membeli kucing dalam karung. Ternyata ini sangatlah keren!

Sering dibanding-bandingkan dengan Harry Potter, mungkin memang ada elemen-elemen yang mirip dengan Harry Potter, tapi saya menikmati keseluruhan cerita ini. Erec Rex agak degil emang anaknya, tapi petualangannya dan tantangannya yang harus Ere
Dec 18, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erec Rex is an unusual boy in an unusual family. He has a glass eye, lives with his adoptive mother and five equally odd siblings (none of them really related except the twins), and owns an alarm clock that throws things at him. But the most unusual thing is one he doesn't find out until he goes after his missing mother: he's actually from a world of magic. But that mystery might have to wait, since between participating in a contest of kingship he accidentally enrolled in and preparing to rescu ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I assume, though I can't find out for sure, that this first book in the Erec Rex series was a vanity press publication, as Firelight Press seems to have published only the first two books in this series and nothing else. That said, kudos to Kingsley for getting her work out there and eventually being picked up by Simon & Schuster.

This is a good story with an interesting premise (a world under Earth that has magic, the king of which is bewitched by an evil sorcerer). My biggest concern with
May 15, 2014 Manikmaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sudah lama nggak baca novel fantasi sebagus ini. Yang tokohnya selengehan, hampir nggak punya kemampuan apa-apa, suka membangkang, nekad, penuh keraguan dan ... cacat (cuma punya satu mata).

Kompetisi jadi raja/ratunya memang mirip Triwizard Harry Potter, tapi jelas beda jauh karena di sini tongkat sihir diganti remote control dan peserta disediakan makanan enak terus-terusan.

Ada elemen mirip Percy Jacksonnya tapi ini buku terbit duluan daripada Si Percy. Konfliknya asyik, Si Erec pun
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