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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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Only Stephen King could make napkins interesting. And I mean that literally. This book really should be called The Royal Napkins for the prominent role those handy dinner accessories play in this rare fantasy gem by the master of horror. And one would think that a novel featuring napkins as a crucial plot point can only lead to sheer boredom… but leave it to Stephen King. He can take napkins and make them as fascinating as the scariest of monsters.

Luckily for those who are still wary of a book about square pieces of linen, The Eyes of the Dragon isn’t just about napkins. It is an old-fashioned fantasy with dragons, magic crystals, magic poisons, magicians, kings, and princes, with murder, betrayal, loyalty, and wrongful imprisonment, and with napkins… of course. The novel chronicles the lives of two royal princes: the older brother Peter, and the younger, Thomas, and their father, King Roland the Good, who rules over the magical kingdom of Delain. Roland is advised by the sinisterly evil magician, Flagg, who wants to wrest more control over the kingdom, so he murders the king, and frames the older (and far more courageous) son, Peter for the crime. When Peter is sent to prison “at the top of The Needle,” the younger and weaker brother, Thomas, takes the throne. He rules in name only, however, since Flagg really holds the power.

And Peter may be trapped in his cell at the top of the tallest tower in Delain, but he has an escape plan. Peter’s staunchest allies, including his childhood friend, Ben, and his former butler, Dennis, are doing everything in their power to get Peter out too. But can they get past the dark magician? Can Peter prove his innocence and claim the throne that is rightfully his? And what did Thomas see the night his father was murdered?

A very fun read, and it is obvious in the tone and style of the novel that King had fun writing it. There isn’t much depth to The Eyes of the Dragon as found in some of King’s other works, but that is kind of the idea here. Kick back, relax, and enjoy a fun romp through an equally fun fantasy world. Watch Peter grow up, first under the quietly intelligent eye of his beautiful mother Sasha, and later under the tutelage of palace staff. Watch him become a man in his prison cell, and hatch his crazy escape plan, which (SPOILER ALERT!!) will involve napkins. Conversely, watch the delicate and borderline-sniveling brother, Thomas, cope with his jealousy at his stronger and more confident older brother by hiding in castle corridors and spying on his father. Watch him regress when he wakes up one day and finds himself king. And throughout the narrative, watch the viciously evil Flagg wreak his black havoc… because he can.

There isn’t much to be gained from The Eyes of the Dragon – besides a new appreciation for the power of napkins – and that is a-ok. It is a fun ride. Thank you, Stephen King, for taking me on it. ( )
  parhamj | Nov 16, 2014 |
The Eyes of the Dragon by [a:Stephen King|3389|Stephen King|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1362814142p2/3389.jpg] doesn’t have dragons in it. Not one bit. But when I was in middle school, I didn’t know that. I saw a book I hadn’t read with the word “dragon” in the title. For me, that was enough. I just knew the book had to be awesome with the word “dragon” in it.
Even when I figured out there were no dragons in the story, I still loved this book. It’s just a nice piece of fantasy storytelling.
This book taught me a lot about breaking preconceived notions that authors can only write one genre.
Read the full review here: www.ravenoak.net ( )
  kaonevar | Nov 12, 2014 |
Really a delightful children's story that is also a good read for adults. Very simple yet clever. ( )
1 vote AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
Mr. King is one of my favorite authors. But for some reason I could not get into this book. It's a good fantasy story, but just not quite up to King's usual work. ( )
  hredwards | Oct 5, 2014 |
this is probably the 100th time i have read this book and it never, ever, disappoints. perhaps i have a soft spot for it, as it is the first 'no pictures" book i have ever read almost over 25 years ago. the characterization is phenomenal and you become a part of not only the characters but are invited into their psyche. it's a magical, mystical, mysterious read with moments of sincerity mixed with darkness. it's luxe and i love it. ( )
  leanne.atutis | Oct 3, 2014 |
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This story is for my great friend Ben Straub, and for my daughter, Naomi King.
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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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