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Publisher's Summary

Life is not easy for 12-year-old Erec Rex. His single mother can barely support her six adopted kids. And they've moved into an apartment so tiny that Erec sleeps with the washing machine. Worse, there is a strange force within Erec that is making him do odd things. His urge to obey these thoughts grows -- until it becomes impossible to resist them. Then one morning, Erec's mother is missing. The force inside Erec commands him to find her, leading him on an adventure that will change him forever. When he arrives in Alypium, a hidden world where old knowledge of magic is kept, Erec learns that his mother and the entire kingdom are in peril. And he might be the only one who can save them.
©2006 Kaza Kingsley (P)2009 Simon and Schuster
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3 out of 5 stars
By John Williams on 10-24-09

Not for the whole family

I bought this book because I have quite enjoyed a number of works listed for young adults. Neil Gamin has never disappointed, Eion Colfer is interesting fun witty and charming. Terry Pratchett whether writing for adults or children is one the best authors of this generation.

Also I love Simon Jones and believe he could read his laundry list and make it entertaining.

This book was not bad, but it felt like it was extremely abridged, I constantly found myself skipping back a few minutes, because I believed I most have lost concentration and missed something. But no there just was not much meat on the bone here. The plot is interesting, but the details are lacking, the motivations are weak.

The book had enough potential that I’m thinking of listening to the last book in the series to see if the skills of the author improve over time, but I will not re-listen to this book which is very unusual for me.

If you are an adult who sometimes reads a light hearted children’s book because you are waiting for Audible to add to their collection, this is not the book for you. I would recommend the Graveyard book by Neil Gamin or anything by Pratchett or Colfer.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katelyn on 04-15-09

Very cute!

This book is well worth the price. I love these kinds of books about magic and alternate worlds. It is a little predictable but it's a kids book so what did you expect? The concepts are very unique and the dialogue isn't as cheesey as some others. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in need of another magic series like Harry Potter or Septimus Heap.

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