Erec Rex Is Not A Harry Potter Clone.
I want to get this out of the way first. The books do share some generic fantasy elements.
That’s just part of fantasy. Lots of books before Harry Potter used those, and lots more will. Shoot, it doesn’t even need to be books. Plenty of RPGs share the same kind of framework.
Are we all on the same page now? Good.
Erec Rex: The Dragon’s Eye
Erec Rex is a normal 12 year old living with his mom and five siblings. Only… things aren’t so normal. Erec is troubled by “cloudy thoughts”. Thoughts that take over and compel him to do things. What they make him do is often strange, but never bad. Erec is worried that someday that might change.
Erec wakes up to find his mom missing. His “cloudy thoughts” make him go look for her. What he finds is something he never expected. A world different from the one he grew up in. A world of magic.
This world is amazing, but it has it’s own problems. King Piter of Alypium is in bad health. Piter’s kingdom is deteriorating because of his illness. A new King of Alypium must be chosen, so a competition is being held to find Piter’s successor.
Along the way Erec finds friends that want to help him, enemies that want to stop him and questions about his own past. The only way he’s going to find his mother and get back home is by competing to become the new King.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I did what I normally do when I want to find out more about a book, I checked the reviews at Amazon. I can sum up a lot of those reviews for you right now. “It’s just like Harry Potter, but I kept reading and really liked it. I can’t wait for the next one.” Now you see why I started this review the way I did.
I’ve read a lot of fantasy. There are books that are just as similar, but were written long before Harry Potter. Now, if you like Harry Potter then you’ll probably like Erec Rex. Erec Rex is a solid fantasy book.
What I liked
- Mythology. Tons of references to mythology. Mostly Greek/Roman, but with some Celtic and Norse references scattered around.
- Pacing. Once the book gets up to speed you don’t want to stop reading.
- Reading Group Guide. This is great for a young adult book. It could get kids thinking about what they read. Shoot, it’s great for any book.
What I didn’t like
A couple of things about springball bugged me, mostly it was the “Super A Team”. I kept picturing a team comprised of… a crack commando unit sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Alypium underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as springball players. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can play against the Super A Team.
Woah, sorry. I went back to the 80s again didn’t I?
Invented sports tend to bother me. Actually, any sports bother me.
Erec Rex: The Dragon’s Eye is not Harry Potter, but if you enjoyed Harry’s adventures then you’ll enjoy Erec’s as well. It’s rooted in myth and legend, with some pretty cool updates.
I would definitely suggest this book to younger readers. They probably won’t be picturing Mr. T and George Peppard playing springball like I did.
I think older readers of fantasy would enjoy it as well for the references to mythology.
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