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The Monsters of Otherness (Erec Rex #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,163 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Trouble is brewing in quiet, pleasant Alypium, and only Erec Rex can make it better. All of the baby dragons have mysteriously disappeared, and King Piter has lost the trust of his people. Worse, evil kids will become the new rulers unless Erec agrees to return to Alypium and challenge them. But if Erec become king, the power of the royal scepter could destroy him complete ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Firelight Press
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Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: everyone
It's the second in my series and I'm really happy with it. Erec has to save his siblings and missing dragon babies while risking his life in a terrifying quest to be king. He's getting chased by a secret admirer who is not who she seems. And he has to fight in a battle against monsters who want to destroy everything ... but they are not who Erec thinks they are!!!!
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
In The Monsters of Otherness, Kaza reaches her writing maturity in this novel, with no flaws of any kind. Erec now must start on his quests and faces some interesting challenges. Unlike the first novel Erec Rex: The Dragon's Eye, there was no predictable element. You know at the very beginning that young Erec is destined to become a King in this wonderful world of magic. I won't provide any spoilers and will only say that the book left me wanting the next one to be published and available - Kaza ...more
Book Elf
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is simply amazing. I really enjoyed this book to the fullest. All the elements I need in a good read is in this series. I am an MMORPG player and I can relate to the quests. No boring moments. Every detail and events are up to my expectations. No, it is not predictable. That's what so great about this book... I can't foretell the turn of events. However in the end you'll know that Erec Rex will win eventually but you just don't know how.

The secrets are still secrets althou
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entah kenapa gue bisa suka kisah Erec Rex ini...

Kali ini Rex mendapati tugas 1 & 2 untuk diselesaikan, tugas yang dipandang sebelah mata oleh saingan Erec, yang kenyataannya tidak semudah yang dikira.

Tugas yang hanya bukan mengandalkan kekuatan tetapi pikiran dan hati. Gue suka Jam Crinclecut, pelayan Istana untuk sayap barat. Keren nih orang, kesetiannya pada erec rex serta pemikiran-pemikiran Jam yang luar biasa. Gue suka saat Jam menjelaskan mengenai Politik kepada Erec, penjelasan yang s
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was good
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I love it
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Samantha Clanton, aka Harlequin Twilight for

When I started the second book in the EREC REX series, I wasn't really sure what to expect. There were all kinds of things I already knew should happen, things I wanted to see happen, but there were some things I really didn't see coming.

It's been a month since the contests ended and Erec has spent that month in "Upper Earth" recuperating with his family, at least until he receives a letter from his friend, Bethany, that sa
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started the second book in the Erec Rex series, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. There were all kinds of things I already knew should happen, things I wanted to see happen, but there were some things I really didn’t see coming.

It’s been a month since the contests ended and Erec has spent that month in “Upper Earth” recuperating with his family, at least until he receives a letter from his friend, Bethany, that says he must return to Alyphium and begin the quests - or he will forfeit h
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Erec Rex is finding home life a little more flat than he remembered. After facing down a man trying to take over the world, besting King Pluto's dungeons to rescue his mother, and somehow impossibly winning a contest to become king, life with his mom and his family doesn't seem quite as interesting. Then he finds out certain people are campaigning to call his settling down a forfeit---so it's back to the Kingdom of Keepers, back to magic, and back to an increasingly complicated and messy life.

Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I have finished reading this second installment of Erek Rex, The Monster of Otherness.

During the course of reading this book, there are mysteries provided that left us guessing. I guessed right for most if not all, around 5 chapters before it was confirmed. This is in no way a testament to how well my deduction was or how obvious Mrs. Kingsley's writing was. I think I just have read some more fantasy story than I should have. Again, this book maybe meant to be read and enjoyed by someone younger
Grayson Pysczynski
I recently read The Monsters of Otherness by Kaza Kingsley. This book is a sequel to The Dragons Eye. In this book, Eric Rex travels back to Alipium to take on his trials to become the king because if he doesn't his worst enemies would become kings instead. He starts getting letters from a secret admirer and in one of his trials, he meets them.

I really liked this book because it was like the first one and had a big turning point where a huge change happens. There was more mystery in this book th
Yudhistira Perdana
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Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because it was a) about dragons and b) was an audio book to entertain me on some of my long cross country trips.

It was interesting, even if some of the time I wanted to shake a few people to get their attention and ask them if they were paying attention, but overall it was well written with a plot that flowed and twisted, wrapped around on itself and came to a fairly satisfactory conclusion.

Erec knows he is adopted, and that his siblings are not blood relatives, but he lo
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Hmm. Well, I agree with some of the other reviews, there were definitely some very awkward explanations given. Er, that doesn't quite say it. There were some points were it really felt like the author just couldn't get it down in words- not so reassuring since that's an authors job. There were a couple of time where I found myself frowning because the plot was getting see-through or unoriginal as well.
One good thing though, and it actually made me really like this books, was the characters. They
Steve Smith
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this second installment of the Erec Rex series. In this novel Erec faces many new challenges in the city of Alypium. Kingsley has written a fast-paced exciting story that is particularly poignant for our day.
It is always easier to judge people than to accept them, especially at first glance. Thousands of people all over the world have been persecuted and even killed because they were perceived as different. Erec has to learn who the real monsters are; the people he as grown to love or t
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
The second Erec Rex book is as fun to read as the first. The original characters are back with a few notable additions. I listened to the audiobook version of this book and it has an intro by Kaza Kingsley. It's interesting to the hear the author talk about how she thought of the series and the way she has planned the story arch. While a few sections of the book felt a little contrived I liked that Erec is not an almighty hero but just a kid bumbling through the story and needing help from his f ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Things aren't always what they seem... In the fun sequel to The Dragon's Eye, Erec Rex goes back to Alympium to compete in more quests in his journey to become king. This time, however, the competition gets ugly as Erec faces off against Balor Stain and his brothers. In a crazy adventure you just can't put down, full of dragons, giant toilets, fan girls, quests, and harpies, how will Erec survive? I really liked this book because it is full of descriptive, interesting writing and language, and h ...more
Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, fantasy, young-adult
Okay, I admit that I'm hooked. Will Erec ever figure out who he is?

If one were to judge books by their covers, one would suspect that Erec Rex is a Harry Potter wanna-be. However, the series is quite different. It's lighter and more fun. Erec is more like most 12 year old boys I know than Harry Potter is. He kind of stumbles from one event to another without really giving much thought to what is going on. He wants to know about his past, but he never puts two and two together. His friend Bethany
Jul 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Writers, example of what not to do.
Recommended to Michele by: Saw it in the bookstore
One star here for imagination. I finally decided to finish this book, but am not sure why. I guess I did want to find out what happened, which says something about the plot, but the process was painful. The source of my frustration is the writing. The author breaks the sacred law “Show Don’t Tell,” boring the reader by interpreting action and thoughts. The reader feels dizzy trying to follow the emotions of the characters as they pivot like poorly choreographed dancers on the page. Maybe the act ...more
Anne Beardsley
So much that was good...but the way misinformation among the public ran wild and NOBODY tried to correct it (lest they run out of problems to solve?) was painful.

And believe me, if two of my children disappeared for several days and then came back with utterly different personalities, I would be declaring a state of national emergency.
Here, no one notices...or cares very much.

This is still good fun, but the many things blown off as 'not important' that clearly were vital dragged me down. I fin
Maria Elmvang
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl
The second book about Erec Rex, and I think I might even like this a tad more than the first book. The first book tired to introduce too much of a new universe too quickly, which made the start rather cluttered. This sequel didn't suffer from that issue, meaning that the plot was a lot cleaner and got started much faster.

Of course the story is rather predictable, but it's well-written and fun! I like the main characters, and loved hearing about the tasks Erec had to fulfill in order to become a
Jun 09, 2009 rated it liked it
This second book in the Erec Rex series suffers a bit, I think, because the excitement of learning about the parameters of a magic kingdom has worn off somewhat, so the comparisons to Harry Potter become more pronounced. That, and some clunky exposition – there are a number of awkward explanations about events and what Erec learned in the first book – make this installment less compelling than the first book. However, the action remains fast-paced and there are still unexpected twists, fun new i ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I choose this book because it was about magic, the book tells a story about different realms with in they're own world. In these they're is magic and magical creatures. I would recommend this book to other people this book requires imagination to know what the characters look like. This book does have sequels. This book is about a boy named Eric, who lives in the us but was born in one of the magical realms. In this book he finds out that he has to go back to the realm and complete quests to fig ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second is the Erec Rex series finds Erec back at home with his family when a letter arrives beckoning him to return to begin his quests for the throne. If he does not return then the quests will be given to the evil boys from the first book. To complicate things Erec's older siblings are missing and he is being asked to figure out what has happened to all of the baby dragons. While at the same time, he is getting mysterious love letters. Kaza Kingsley does not disappoint in the second of her ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
This had all the same problems as the first book, but much less of the "engaging element" I enjoyed in The Dragon's Eye.
I feel like Kingsley has a good imagination, a great writing ability, and a really crappy editor. It has the feel of a novel written by a ten year old, who will be a great author some day.
Maybe she will be like Suzanne Collins. I couldn't get through the Underland Chronicles, but she blew me away with the later Hunger Games series.
Please Kaza, surprise me! I want to like you!
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erec Rex returns to start on the quests to prove himself worthy of becoming the next king. Meanwhile he tries to learn how to do magic, find out more about his own past and discover who to trust and who not to.
Erec Rex is clearly inspired by Harry Potter but as Kaza Kingsley's imagination is just as lively and vivid as J.K. Rowlings she has written an exciting story. Unfortunately she is not as good a storyteller as J.K. which makes Erec Rex more of a children's book. But then I read the Danish
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I have really enjoyed this series. It has (gasp dare I say it) just as entertaining story line as Harry Potter. I enjoy the story line of a 13 year that has quests to become the king, impossible quests that only he can do, amidst trying not to be killed by the evil shadow prince, and run over by mobs who hate him. I really like that the over all value is knowing who you are and keeping true to it no matter what the crowd says. It is a youth series but one that I can't wait to continue reading. I ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second book about Erec Rex did a great job of following up where the first book left off. On the surface, it deals with the 12 quests Erec and his foes must undertake in order to determine who will be King but it also continues to delve into the subplots with regard to Erec's true parents, a mysterious admirer and his relationship with his friends. It all comes together nicely and Kingsley has done a great job developing each of the characters in this series. I'm looking forward to Book 3.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a children's fantasy book that tries too hard to be similar to Harry Potter, but also have it's own story line. There are so many similarities (boy who didn't realize there was magic in the world, girl sidekick, nasty boys trying to hurt him, made up sporting event) that it is funny to try to find them. I got annoyed by the book b/c of this. However, she does have some unique ideas and I'll probably finish the series just to do it.
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