The lighter side of King, July 24, 2000
Reviewer: "arualeiram" (Madison WI)
Eyes of the Dragon is a definite departure from King's usual horror-esque genre. It is a work of pure fantasy that won't disappoint King fans because it sticks to King's tradition of examining the morality of good versus evil with his uncanny knack for adding plot twists. It is also a great story for those who want something lighter (and prefer not to stay up all night with images of pure gore).
The story is set in the kingdom of Delain, which falls under the influence of the evil magician Flagg (who appears in several other King novels) every few hundred years. The beginning of the story nicely sets up how Flagg influences King Roland the Good and continues with the ongoing history of Delain. The story is exciting, full of adventure and woe and suspense.
One of the best points of this book is the fairy-tale feel. As a reader, I appreciated the commentary made by the narrator. Although his identity is not revealed, his comments add new light to the story as it unfolds. The perspective always includes something to keep in mind as the story progresses so that the reader has a more enjoyable experience as well as examines every angle of the story. You can almost feel the narrator talking to you as you read! In this sense, the story really comes to life.
Read this book and you too will be able to see through the Eyes of the Dragon.
A well told tale of a murdererd king and a young prince imprisoned for life due to the designs of an ancient evil magician bent on the destruction of everything. But that's just the beginning.
Once upon a time there was terror and dragons and princes-evil wizards and dark dungeons...an enchanted castle and a terrible secret. With this entralling masterpiece of magicall evil and daring adventure, Stephan King takes you in his icy grip and leads you into the most shivery and irresistable kingdom of wickedness...THE EYES OF THE DRAGON.
Months later I'm still shivering. Different read from King.
Hard to believe this was written by Stephen King. Not a horror story at all. High fantasy at it's finest with attention to character development and detail. Highly recommend.
A great read, I don't usually read dragon/prince/evil wizard type books but this one had me from the first page.