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November 29th, 2007 - Rebeccafrog
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I just finished reading a fantastic book by an author I've never heard of. Kaza Kingsley's Erec Rex: The Dragon's Eye is pretty much your standard young adult fantasy fare: young Erec starts out a more or less normal kid growing up in our world. It never really occurs to him that most people don't have hatracks that wander the apartment of their own volition, because they've always had things like that. This, and other peculiarities of his upbringing, becomes rather relevant as he embarks upon a quest to find his mother (who was kidnapped this morning). It leads him to almost accidentally enter a competition to become the next king of a magical world that exists sort of in parallel with our own. A lot of it is fairly predictable, and there are some truly unfortunate puns (a wenwolf instead of a werewolf? really?) but it's an exciting story. I found myself really looking forward to the bus ride home, because I wanted to see what heppens next. The second book in the Erec Rex series, The Monsters of Otherness, was just published, and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

The thing is, I was unlikely to have found it had I not gotten an e-mail from Amazon about the second book being published: "We've noticed that you like young adult fantasy, and thought you might like to know that The Monsters of Otherness will be available soon." I get this kind of e-mail all the time, and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with Amazon's track record. Of the books Amazon has recommended, I can only think of one that I didn't love.

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