- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (8 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340899069
- ISBN-13: 978-0340899069
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.6 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Eyes of the Dragon Paperback – 8 May 2006
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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.
Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plot (Daily Express on WOLVES OF THE CALLA)
Join the quest before it's too late (Independent on Sunday on SONG OF SUSANNAH)
Top Customer Reviews
It’s a shame, because speaking personally, I loved it. In fact, it’s refreshing to see King flexing a different set of authorial muscles, and it certainly proved a point – the man knows how to tell a story, no matter the genre. It’s also a great little read if you have kids and want to introduce them to King without giving them nightmares.
The plot has a classic feel while still seeming original and innovative, following the tale of two princes after their father is murdered and the heir to the throne is imprisoned for the crime. We, the readers, know that he’s innocent, but everyone else thinks that he’s guilty because he cried when the murder was revealed to him. And so they lock him up at the top of a tower and his younger brother assumes the throne, under the beady, watchful eye of a twisted magician named Flagg.
Flagg is interesting, because he appears elsewhere in King’s work. He’s the antagonist of The Stand, and he also appears in his Dark Tower series – along with several other minor characters and several of the themes throughout the manuscript. Here, he seems like more of a cliche, but crucially he’s not too much of a cliche. It’s kind of necessary for the story to be what it is – a scintillating twist on the fantasy genre, and one that’s beautifully crafted by a master storyteller.
If you only like King because you like horror then this isn’t the book for you.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought for the other half as he loves stephen kings books , so hes happy lolPublished 9 months ago by Mrs. Jodie L. Lewis
A great read from the master thriller writer. It's a wonderful tale of power and hierarchy, whereby the main antagonist is, because of his position, well guarded. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Charles F Bond
This is a minor novel by Stephen King. It's a fantasy novel set loosely in the Dark Tower world. Flagg (yes him!!) is a court magician and is very evil. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book arrived on time and my daughter was so pleased with the book.Published 18 months ago by Teresa
In my opinion, this is one of Kings finest works. Also a brilliant piece of the fantasy genre. It's characters are enthralling and the plot is intriguing, and ends with what feels... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Douglas