The Eyes of the Dragon Hardcover – 2009
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Amazon.co.uk Review 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. Review '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 ) Product Description A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies, murdered by a strange and horrible poison. While the land of Delain mourns, the evil wizard Flagg hatches an unscrupulous plot which sees the King's eldest son Peter imprisoned for his father's murder, and the youngest son inherit the throne. Only Peter knows the truth about his own innocence and the evil that is Flagg. Only Peter can save Delain from the horror that Flagg has in store. But first, he must escape from the high tower... About the Author Stephen King was awarded the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and was voted Grand Master at the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. He is the author of more than forty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent stand-alone novels include DREAMCATCHER, CELL and LISEY'S STORY. Stephen King also wrote novels under the psdeudonym Richard Bachman. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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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 ›
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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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 1 month ago by Charles F Bond
The book arrived on time and my daughter was so pleased with the book.Published 8 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 8 months ago by Douglas
I read this book some 20 or so years ago and I loved it. It was so different to his other books that I was blown away.Published 9 months ago by Merry Jarvis