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The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon (original 1987; edition 1987)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Eyes of the Dragon
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1987), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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The Eyes Of The Dragon by Stephen King (1987)

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The passage through the castle is dim, sensed by few and walked by only one. Flagg knows the way well. In four hundred years, he has walked it many times, in many guises, but now the passage serves its true purpose. Through the spyhole it conceals, the court magician observes King Roland -- old, weak, yet still a king. Roland's time is nearly over, though, and young Prince Peter, tall and handsome, the measure of a king in all ways, stands to inherit the realm.

Yet a tiny mouse is enough to bring him down, a mouse that chances upon a grain of Dragon Sand behind Peter's shelves and dies crying tears of fire and belching gray smoke. A mouse that dies as King Roland does. Flagg saw it all and smiled, for now Prince Thomas, a young boy easily swayed to Flagg's own purposes, would rule the kingdom. But Thomas has a secret that has turned his days into nightmares and his nights into prayed-for oblivion. The last bastion of hope lies at the top of the Needle, the royal prison where Peter plans a daring escape...

This book is a departure from Stephen King's typical horror writing. He wrote this story so his 13-year old daughter could read one of his books. I think he succeeded in writing a delightful fantasy story that can be enjoyed by both young and older readers. There is strong theme of Good versus Evil and a struggle to "do the right thing". As the story progressed, there really weren't any surprises, but while not unexpected, the ending was satisfying.

I listened to the audiobook and thought the narrator did a great job. Flagg's evil was palpable, including a hissing speaking voice. I liked the way the "storyteller" spoke to the reader and hinted at things to come. And as the story came towards the end and the suspense amped up, the chapters were very short. It was like we couldn't waste any time; it made the end come very quickly.

Recommended to:
Fans of fantasy stories with distinctly good & evil characters. It can be read by middle school students and above. (Note that many fans of Stephen King did not like this book.)

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  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
a fun and simple fairytale story, told in more simple language than i'm used to with stephen king. it suits the tale, though. enjoyable, and with nice ties to others of his books. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Feb 1, 2016 |
Great story by a great story teller. Listened to the audio with my husband during a road trip. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
This is King's 'fairy tale' book. ( )
  Belles007 | Jan 17, 2016 |
On my continuing saga of re-reading King's books in chronological order. I actually wasn't looking forward to this much as it was the first one that I had absolutely no recollection of the story. I couldn't bring to mind one thing about it though I do certainly remember reading it and have a faint remembrance of enjoying it. King really brought something new to his readers with "The Eyes of the Dragon" as this is his first book not for adults. In the '80s there really wasn't such thing as Young Adult books, but by today's standards, this would be classified as YA. Most of the book is suitable for children but the beginning is somewhat bawdy, making it hard for me to recommend for younger than teens.

This is not a traditional fantasy, but more of a fairytale with Kings, princes and a bad magician. King writes in the all knowing voice of "the storyteller" often speaking to the reader telling them to make up their own mind on certain matters. It is a good story, well-written (with touches of Tolkien in style) and will delight the fairytale fan. But it is not like his other works; it starts off dramatically then turns into a slow-paced ponderous tale, making the reader think about the nature of man. Only one character is truly evil, many of the others are what I usually call "grey". Slower than one expects from King but quite a good tale.

As to connections with his other books, it connects to "The Stand" via Flagg and is part of "The Dark Tower" universe having the magician Flagg and a King Roland. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jan 6, 2016 |
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Once, in a kingdom called Delain, there was a King with two sons.
Perhaps it was luck that saved him, or fate, or those gods he prayed to; I'll not take a stand on the matter.
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A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies and his successor must do battle for the throne. Pitted against an evil wizard and a would-be rival, Prince Peter makes a daring escape and rallies the forces of Good to fight for what is rightfully his. This is a masterpiece of classic dragons-and-magic fantasy that only Stephen King could have written!

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In the kingdom of Delain, a young prince must struggle against powerful forces to gain his rightful inheritance.

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