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The Eyes of the Dragon
The Eyes of the Dragon
Author: Stephen King
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!
ISBN-13: 9780451151254
ISBN-10: 0451151259
Publication Date: 12/8/1987
Pages: 384
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4 stars, based on 273 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
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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.
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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.
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Once upon a time there was terror and dragons and princes-evil wizards and dark 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.
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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.
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A great read, I don't usually read dragon/prince/evil wizard type books but this one had me from the first page.
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King Roland is left to raise two sons after his Queen dies. One prince will soon be king, and sooner than anyone would think. An evil wizard who lives off of chaos plans to end the King's life and blame one young Prince. In a kingdom that is drowning in darkness and turmoil with no end, people will rise to fight but they may not win.

Out of Stephen King's books, this is a tame one. Very minor horror but there is a character that does show up in his other books and if you are a fan you know him right away. This was a second reading for me. I read it many years ago and did not remember much of it. I enjoyed it. It was clever and original in some places.

I had hoped for more fantasy and magic in a book with a wizard. Most of the story was pretty dark and I felt similar to what a minor depressive state feels like when I read it. I did not remember feeling like that when I read it the first time.

I love the fact that this story was written for King's daughter and that he was willing to branch out into a non-horror. I don't know if he has written anything like this since because I have only read a hand full of his books. I feel it is worth the read if only for the character who reoccurs in his other books.
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I read this book years ago and have always wanted to read it again I'm glad it is back in my library. Now I can share a great Stephen King book with my children that will not give them nightmares.
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Very good book, also introduces a few characters mentioned in the Dark Tower Series.