The Search for Truth (Erec Rex Series #3)

The Search for Truth (Erec Rex Series #3)

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by Kaza Kingsley, Tim Jacobus
     
 

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Erec Rex’s quest to become king continues in this all-new NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED third installmant. He is now on the fourth of the twelve herculean trials he must complete in order to rule Alypium. As the quests become harder, not only is Erec thrown into grave danger, but he must put his loved ones in harm’s way as well. Only a trip into his own

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Erec Rex’s quest to become king continues in this all-new NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED third installmant. He is now on the fourth of the twelve herculean trials he must complete in order to rule Alypium. As the quests become harder, not only is Erec thrown into grave danger, but he must put his loved ones in harm’s way as well. Only a trip into his own childhood will save him. But what he finds out there will change everything. . . .

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"This imaginative universe will delight and enthrall readers of young adult fantasy and have them eagerly awaiting the next installment." — VOYA

"Kaza Kingsley has outdone herself with The Search for Truth, and Erec Rex has come into his own as a standout character in the world of young adult fantasy. This latest tale is packed with adventure, humor, and a delightful imagination that will keep you entranced." — J. S. Lewis, author of the Grey Griffins series

"Hilarious, spellbinding, and heartwarming at the same time. I couldn't put it down, straight to the jaw-dropping ending." — Devon Werkheiser, star of Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
The third book in the "Erec Rex" series picks up with its namesake as he struggles to fulfill even more quests, hoping to fill in his amulet and become one of the three rulers of Alypium. This time, however, even more is at stake. Upper Earth is in danger, and if Erec does not succeed in his tasks, it could cease to exist altogether. Erec will once again rely on his friends, most importantly Bethany, in order to help him along the way. In Book Three, readers will see still more of the budding romance that not-to-subtly, penetrates this action packed adventure. Author Kaza Kingsley continues to add dimensions to her characters as Erec proves to be likeable, humorous, but most importantly real, as he struggles to control his ambitiousness and focus on saving Alypium from destruction. The Stain triplets once again terrorize Erec and try to sabotage his every move, and this time they have some help from one of Erec's own friends who unknowingly leeks information to the evil Baskania. The "Erec Rex" series continues to be strong in the ever-growing fantasy genre of young adult literature, and, while it may draw many Harry Potter fans, it stands alone as a series to be reckoned with, complete with its own version of quests, magic, good, and evil. Most will find it to be a very relatable, action-packed fantasy adventure! Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
VOYA - Cindy Faughnan
This third series title finds Erec Rex on a new quest where he must collect the five Awen from their hiding places and connect them to a crystal so they can be contained. If he fails, Substance, which is necessary for Upper Earth, will be out of balance and Earth will be destroyed. Erec and his friends explore areas controlled by the Awen where they find that Erec becomes so ugly no one can look at him, the group must speak in opposites in order to communicate, and the area is in a constant state of destruction. Erec finally learns the identiy of his real father and, in so doing, brings about a prophecy that the scepter will belong to him. Erec must survive a battle with the evil Stain triplets and Baskania, write false notes to his friend Oscar because he has become a conduit for information to the bad side, and travel back in time to his three-year-old body to try to change the events of the future. Characters spend a great deal of time shouting at each other or giving long speeches explaining the rules of the world and necessary backstory information. Some of the magic is violent. People are sliced open to find an amulet, eyes are stolen and reinstalled on Baskania's forehead, when Erec is angry he has "cloudy thoughts" and grows scales and breathes fire, and there is a lot of throwing up by characters who are sick because of the events. Libraries with a high demand for fantasy with dragons and gadgets could consider this series. Reviewer: Cindy Faughnan
VOYA - Heather Pittman
Thirteen-year-old Erec continues his struggle to fulfill the necessary quests in order to become king of Alypium. If Erec fails, the evil Stain triplets will inherit the throne and hand over power to the cruel Shadow Prince, ending life as they know it for the people of Alypium and Upper Earth. Erec and his friends must discover the nature of the quests, decipher the cryptic messages of the Fates, and then complete the insanely difficult tasks asked of them. Erec travels to other countries and realms and goes into his past as well, where he discovers several shocking truths. Along the way, he contends with the Stain triplets, the Shadow Prince, and a possible traitor in his circle of trusted friends. This third series entry is even more creative and intense than the first two. The action is continuous, from the first scene where Erec begins turning into a dragon in the supermarket to the informative ending. This book is also darker than its predecessors, with more violence and gruesome imagery. The characters are developing nicely, with plenty of faults to offset their bravery and ingenuity. Abundant humor keeps readers laughing even as some of the scarier moments leave them gasping. Kingsley's vast array of magical gadgets continues to thrill as do her oddball secondary characters. This imaginative universe will delight and enthrall readers of young adult fantasy and have them eagerly awaiting the next installment. Reviewer: Heather Pittman
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Erec Rex and his friends Bethany, Oscar, Jam, and King Piter are back. So, too, are the mean Stain triplets and the evil mastermind Thanatos Argus Baskania. Erec is still on a quest to become king. The story starts out with him turning partially into a dragon while in a grocery store and soon after being captured by Baskania, who intends to remove Erec's all-seeing dragon eyes and use them to gain control of the world. The protagonist and his friends spend much of the book dodging Baskania and the triplets as they try to complete quests three and four. Quest three has something to do with a "behind," and Kingsley milks that and other incidents for all the toilet humor possible. Quest four, on the other hand, is inspired by Welsh mythology. Throughout, Erec searches for his true parentage and attempts to understand a vision of the future in which King Piter's castle is destroyed. The boy hero with the smart girl sidekick, the wacky magical items, and even the silly food are reminiscent of the "Harry Potter" books. The ongoing adventures that will eventually lead to rulership are suggestive of Garth Nix's "The Keys to the Kingdom" series (Scholastic). Kingsley doesn't have the skills of Rowling or Nix but the excitement keeps the story rolling along despite some clunky dialogue. The book is certainly of interest to readers of the earlier works in the series but is not an easy place for others to start.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416979883
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Series:
Erec Rex Series, #3
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
649,154
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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