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The Eyes of the Dragon [Paperback]

Stephen King
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11 Oct 2012

While evidence is gathered, and the land of Delain mourns, Flagg the King's magician, unscrupulous, greedy and powerful, plots. Soon the King's elder son, Peter, is imprisoned in the needle, the top of a high tower, for his father's murder. And Thomas inherits the throne.

Only Peter knows the truth of his innocence, and the true evil that is Flagg. Only Peter can save Delain from the horror the magician has in store. He has a plan, but it is rife with danger. And if he fails, he won't get a second chance . . .

A captivating tale of heroic adventure, of dragons and princes, of mysterious mice and men from the pen of the master storyteller.There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Daily Express as 'a fabulous teller of stories', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.

The King is dead, murdered by an unusual poison.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444723227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444723229
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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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! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


A fabulous teller of stories (Daily Express)

King's imagination is vast (Guardian)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit different!? 12 Sep 2003
By hippo
Most people either love or hate King's work, strangely i'm in the middle. Christine, Salem's Lot and Bag of Bones really bored me ( although i can appreciate why people would enjoy them) yet It, 'Everything's Eventual' and The Dark Tower series took my breath away. I read this after IT and the two books are poles apart in storyline but close on high quality. Flagg, is mentioned in the Dark Tower books and is a brilliant character, the intertwining plot is well written and comes together beatifully at the end.

Some people would call this a book for young adults and is a little below the age range of normal king readers but that is a little narrow minded. The easy to follow style of writing makes it accessible for most ages. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy the Dark tower area of King's writing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tale with a Stephen King edge.... 25 Nov 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the things I like about Stephen King is his versatility as a storyteller. Yes, he focuses on horror and the supernatural -- telekinetic teenagers, vampires, creatures from other dimensions and even a really "killer" flu -- and is therefore not considered to be a "serious" writer. However, considering the vast output of King books and his longevity as a bestselling author, if nearly 30 years of novels, short story collections, screenplays, original teleplays and a loyal fan base doesn't make him a serious writer, I don't know what would.
I used to buy each new King novel either in paperback or, when I could afford it, in hardcover. Gradually my tastes shifted to military fiction by Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts and Harold Coyle, but I never stopped liking King's books.
One of my favorites is his 1987 excursion into fantasy, The Eyes of the Dragon. Essentially a story for younger readers -- aimed at kids 12 and up -- and beautifully illustrated by David Palladini, it's a classic story of sibling rivalry between the sons of King Roland of Delain. Peter, the bright and handsome first-born, is heir to the throne, while Thomas, who is not as smart and takes after his short and stout father, tries hard to cope with the knowledge that his status in life is secondary to Peter's. Worse, even though he tries hard to gain the love of his father, Thomas is clumsy and not very skilled with his hands. (In one sad scene, Thomas spends a whole day making a small wooden sailboat for his father the King, only to hear his dad remark that it looked like a dog dropping with a handkerchief attached to it.)
Thomas' only friend is the court magician, a pale and brooding fellow named Flagg. He takes a keen interest in Thomas, but not for altruistic reasons.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun! 10 May 2010
I do agree with other readers in that this is basically a children's book, for the slightly darker-attuned imagination of 12 year olds and above but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. A fantasy where Roland (of Gilead, from the Stephen King epic, The Dark Tower) is trying to sort out his children, Peter and Thomas. Thomas, being the younger brother to Peter and is not as skilled as he is no matter how hard he tries, feels slightly isolated and unloved, but finds refuge in the court magician, Flagg (Any fan of King's work will recognise that name and know that it is synonimous with evil and treachery). As you can imagine, political, supernatural and familiar treachery and intrigue ensues. It is a lot of fun, and not to be taken as seriously as The Stand or Duma's Key, and it is the most child-friendly. Some of the scenes are very dark though so be aware when reading to children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasy Book by King 15 Jun 2006
First of all this isn't the kind of King novel that we are used to. It is much more fantasy than horror but still a thoroughly enjoyable read.

It's one of his early books so his style isn't quite as refined and its quite an easy read but its still a great book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story! 30 Dec 2004
King goes away from his norm with this tale. If you're looking for a 1 night reader, this is it. In my opinion, one of King's last good tales that he manages to see through to the end. He has a weird habit of writing a great tale for 500 pages, then reaching climax and resolution on pages 501 thru 502. More in spirit of a Dungeons and Dragons fantasy, the author sticks with the story and pulls it off without a lot of effort. I don't imagine the hardcore King fan will appreciate this ( except for the inclusion (introduction?) of Flagg ) quite as much as most of his horror works. I loved it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale in the vein of The Dark Tower series. 21 Feb 2004
By Sue Lewendon VINE VOICE
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As a few have already mentioned, King wrote this for his children. Therefore it isn't as gruesome as his other works, but having said that, it is still a fantastic read. There are still characters you really care about and there are baddies you love to hate!
It's similarities to the Tower series made this all the more enjoyable for me. No-one can write like King in my opinion and that's great. He has been compared with authors like Dean Koontz but I feel they are completely different.
This is a story that I would gladly give to my teenage daughter to read were she able to tear herself away from watching t.v. for long enough!!! Many people have said that they can't imagine many kids today enjoying this book as it's a bit too wordy and long, but I have three children aged between 10 and 14 and they have all read the Harry Potter books and been enthralled. Those books aren't much different to this one in the way they are wordy and long.
This is a wonderful tale of good vs evil that needs to be read more than once. Try it yourself and sit back and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book is AMAZING! I love the story line and the feel of the book. The author and a brilliant mind to write this
Published 2 months ago by Elena
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read from Steven king
Another good book from a master story teller I have read most of his books and this one did not disappoint.
Published 3 months ago by bandit
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I had an interest in this book for a long time, I am a King fan (although I seem to be stuck re-reading the same anthologies, I haven't really read that much of his work yet), but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura of Lurking
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
Published 8 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars First King
This was the first King book I ever read and I had to buy another copy after my first fell apart!
The story is brilliant and it got me hooked.
Published 9 months ago by lucy r
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King
Bought as a gift for a friend. No my type of book but she rates it very highly. Will buy others for her.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Marion Balderstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and Evil
It's different from his other books but that doesn't mean it's not as good. I loved the story. I loved the "clues", the way King linked every tiny bit of information and in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Teresa Fortes
3.0 out of 5 stars Might be better writing
Of course, this book is connected with the Gunslinger and the Dark Tower. One of the tales of MidWorld. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eva Schwanenflugel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eyes Of The Dragon
I pay this book for a friend for her brithday because she like stephen kings books & she like dragons.
Published 14 months ago by D. S. Sloman
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow
Not King 's best effort. Very slow and dare I say it, a little boring until over half of the way through.
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