Thursday, July 19, 2012
11th Book: Erec Rex (Dragon's Eye)
Erec Rex is a boy with a glass eye. He grew up with enchanted objects, a strange mom, and other adopted siblings. His upbringing is as strange as the reason he doesn't know why his other eye was like that.
He's no ordinary kid. There are times when he gets this strange sensation, almost like mind control that commands him to do things he wouldn't normally do,good thing, so far they are only commands to help save people.
Erec's magical adventure began when his mother was kidnapped, and together with a girl named Bethany, the two explored the lower Earth, a world where magic is not an imagination, but a reality.
The Good: Creative
Okay, there are already tons of books concerning magic, ever since advent of the Potter series, and this book is no exception.
The good thing though, is that the author is creative enough to come up with a different story.
There are some chronicles about the game which Erec joined, and I think those are entertaining for kids, I personally like the game under the sea.
The Bad: Who is that again?
Ok, for a children's book, I think the character's names should have been reconsidered. Sure Erec Rex Bethany, Jack and Oscar are easy to remember. But then you would ask yourself twice,who that Claudius... Bartimius is, as well as other ancient names listed there.
The name might be long for some reason, like it should sound as scary and lethal, but if you are a kid, seriously, are you going remember that?
There were also some instances where the story becomes just plain confusing.
Some characters were just like bombs that comes out of nowhere, explodes, and would leave you asking, who the heck was that?
Some were underdeveloped, that would leave you little clue as to why on Earth they were even there in the first place.
What's next? That's it?!
As likely as the characters, some points of the stories didn't evolved too.
There are a number of loose ends or loose beginnings, somehow I don't feel that I would see the answer in the part 2 of the book.
Don't get me wrong, those are just some observations of a reader. This book is not that bad, as I said the ideas were quite creative, maybe it's just the way it was written.