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The Eyes of the Dragon

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A fantasy of heroic adventure, set in the kingdom of Delain. It involves a king who is poisoned, a young and beautiful queen, a prince locked in a high tower while his younger brother assumes the throne, and an evil magician who harbours terrible secrets and malevolent plans.
Paperback, 427 pages
Published May 13th 1993 by Time Warner Paperbacks (first published February 2nd 1987)
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When I was a little girl my mother and father would tuck me in at night and read me a bedtime story. At Christmas and Easter- I would have the pleasure of listening to bedtime stories made-up by my father, just for me- Delee. The Adventures of the Pink Kitty...about a very special kitten making his way to a very special child.....and his adventures along the way trying to find a home with the perfect little girl. ME!!! It wasn't a logical probably wasn't the best story out there- but
Oct 31, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

Hands down, this is my FAVORITE Stephen King book.
I'm not saying this is his best piece of work, but (personal preferences 'n all) this is just what I happen to enjoy the most.
Erica has a stellar review that explains why this book should be revered above all other King books. And also touches another review that is total crap, written by a man who can normally be counted on to give good book recommendations.
Even though he tends to ramble, and add musical lyrics to all his reviews.
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
"Book, you have the right to a speedy trial" review

- He may have switched from horror to fantasy with this one, but Stephen King's trademark gripping prose is still in full force!
- A scene-stealing villain who creates chaos and is just so much fun to watch, Flagg would fit right in at Gotham City!
- Despite the fantasy setting, the emotions of the characters always feel real.
- King takes some narrative risks that really pay off. (The segments told through the POV of a dog are
Aug 08, 2007 Swaps55 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy/Stephen King fans
i need to preface this by saying that this was the first stephen king book i ever read. he is my father's favorite author, and i grew up staring at the dozens of hardback books all in a row on the shelves of his office, all with king's name on them. i really wanted to read one, see what it was dad read, and the reason he handed me this one was the same reason king wrote it: so his kids could read something he had written. in other words, it's kid-friendly, and actually written as a children's bo ...more
I read this about ten years ago and just read the book again about two years ago. Well, I'm delighted to say that it still has all its magic.

As an aspiring writer, I was breaking down the story, trying to figure out what made it special. It's not so much the setting as there are many fairy tale legends which are similar to this one . .. nor is it the actual idea as many good princes have been unjustly imprisoned and then tried to redeem themselves later.

This tale's strength is in its narrative p
Mar 09, 2016 Choko rated it liked it
*** 3.40 ***

A buddy read with my fairy tales loving friends at BB&B!!!

I have never jumped on the Steven King fan band wagon, but it was never because of his writing. It usually relates to the thematics and my inability to cope with thrillers and imaginative mind, which brings all his monsters to life and I just can't deal...

However, this book is not his usual fair. It is a fairytale!!! And I am a humongous fan of anything resembling a classic fairytale or Fantasy... So, this is how several

Two of my favorite people have vastly different opinions on this book. Delee gave this book 5 glowing stars while Jeff gave it two and used such eloquent and moving words to explain what exactly he disliked so much about it.

When Delee told me I had to read it I could not tell her no! Literally she has read every single book I have ever requested she read. Literally. She’s amazing. And I knew how much this book meant to her. And Jeff insisted I skip this book; that it just was not worth my tim
Oct 26, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it


And more than enough nose picking and boogers.

Stephen “I dressed up like Jack Vance for Halloween” King made a noteworthy switch from straight up horror to a better than passable high fantasy in his 1987 novel The Eyes of the Dragon.

The King of American horror, though, is also a better than average writer and knows a thing or two about moving some copy and though this is a little out of character (like Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West) it is also entertaining and deliv
Paul Nelson
Sep 09, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books-read
The Eyes of the Dragon is in my book a kid’s fantasy tale and one with a merrily joyous feel good factor, it was all just too nice and goodly good for me. If my only way of escape was to fashion a rope out of strands of napkin, worked on a toy and it was going to take over a year, then I'd have thrown myself out of the tower on day 3, fuck it as they say and goodbye happy ending.

Flagg is the man in black, the evil magician who's been around for ever, changing faces and involving himself in the r
Jun 13, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
This is one of Stephen King's fantasy offerings and it is quite delightful. I do not always enjoy adult fairy stories, but this one catches you up into the action and there is nowhere to go except to read and enjoy the whole book. The way the story is told is quite original. The chapters are all different lengths, sometimes just one paragraph, sometimes a normal length. Quite often the author lets the reader know what is going to happen and then goes back to fill in on how it came about that way ...more
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Once, in a kingdom called Delain, there was a King with two sons. Delain was a very old kingdom and it had had hundreds of Kings, perhaps even thousands; when time goes on long enough, not even historians can remember everything.”

King used a unique narrative style for this fairy tale, where he flexes his writing muscle and offers something much different than his usual fare. Fans of the Dark Tower series will see some name similarities and tributes here like King Roland (much different pers
Xime García


A veces, la gente tenía cosas raras.

Lo terminé con una sonrisa. Fue como un helado de frutilla con salsa y frutillas y crema y compartido con la persona que te gusta. Sí, así se sintió.

La historia no parece nada del otro mundo, y sin embargo, cuánto me gustó. Tenemos a Roland, un rey simplón y "patizambo"; a su hijo mayor, el príncipe Peter, buen mozo, inteligente y honesto; a su hijo menor, Thomas, celoso, inmaduro y temeroso; y, finalmente, a la estrella de la noche, e
May 08, 2016 Joca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Delain far away....

Seriously, why didn't this book started that way? I can hear someone in the background barfing at the cheesiness of it but this chick right here lives for that kind of beginning in fairytales. ESPECIALLY in a Stephen King's book.

The Eyes of The Dragon is all things fantasy. Something I have never read from The King of Horror. It's always a big fun to read an author stepping out of his usual comfort zone. And King nailed it!

This book may
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Aug 31, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: A person who wants to read Stephen King but doesn't want the shock value
To me it's pretty interesting that my favorite Stephen King book is not horror at all, but rather, fantasy. It makes sense, really. I don't enjoy reading about people being tormented and murdered. I like to read about people overcoming their fears and the villains they encounter in life. So it was nice to read a story by King in a setting I love, fairy tale land. This is a fairy tale, with all the usual trappings, and he does a great job with it.

I think this story really shows what a good write
Jan 16, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it

I really missed out reading this book when I was 14. King packed this baby with all of the tropes YA fiction should contain and made a fun, page turning novel - even if we know how everything is going to turn out. The snarky narrator is an extra bonus.

And how cool is it that he wrote this book for his daughter? He even gave a character in the book her name. Did he win Father of the Year when this was first published?
Edward Lorn
Apr 08, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King completionists and gluttons for punishment
Recommended to Edward by: Mom
I understand that this was many readers' first King book. I understand that this book rests in the hearts of thousands. I understand this is meant to be a fairytale, and that I am not the target audience. I understand all that and I still choose to hate this book. How'd Bobby Brown put it... "It's my prerogative."

The Eyes of the Dragon was slightly more bearable this go around because Laddie from Perfect Strangers read it to me, and I highly suggest you take the same route when/if you decide to
Ruth Turner
Mar 26, 2015 Ruth Turner rated it liked it
Shelves: stephen-king

Audiobook – Narrated by Bronson Pinchot – Outstanding narration.

This is the first audiobook book I’ve listened to by Pinchot, and he really is excellent.

If you liked the book, and enjoy audios, this one is a must.

If you didn’t like the book then maybe the audio will change your mind. It did for me.

Thanks to Edward Lorn for the heads up!


This is a first-time read for me. When The Eyes of the Dragon was published in the eighties I wouldn’t even open the cover. King wrote horror, and he wrote
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 24, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Interesting and slightly odd mixture of Stephen Kings story telling and a slightly more classic/mythological tale than we're used to from the modern prince of horror.

This is described by some as Stephen King doing children's literature". Well, I wouldn't really call it that. I'm aware that Mr. King dedicated this to his daughter...but I would suggest that you read it yourself first before giving it to a child, at least a child younger than say, 12. Just my opinion. It's how I'd handle it.

The sto
Stefan Yates
Dec 03, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Well, this was a REALLY quick read for me. I remembered liking this one from the first time that I read it, but I didn't remember the storyline at all. It turned out to be one of those stories that I just didn't want to put down for long.

Eyes of the Dragon is very different from most of King's other works. Written for his tween-age daughter because she complained that he had not written anything that she was interested in or felt comfortable reading, the Eyes of the Dragon is basically King's t
May 27, 2015 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please note: The rating above is a spite rating, though, in all honesty, I'd have given this all the stars in 1987, too. However, I am spiting Jeff whose opinion is horrible and should be rectified with electro-shock therapy, or something.

Interestingly, I'm stealing my review from a comment I made in another of his S. King threads. This is all getting very meta.

Aww, man!
I loved The Eyes of the Dragon!
It pissed my mom right off, though. She got it when it came out and was expecting
Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Un libro escrito para su hija, por ende, es más bien infantil: para chicos.


King trató un tema de reyes y magos, de conspiraciones y secretos, de tragedia y traición de una manera soberbia. Es una novela que no tiene escenas macabras, ni sexo ni vocabulario burdo; es una obra para todas las edades. Porque, si bien está dirigido a los niños, no es tan infantil.

Un relato excelente, que disfruté muchísimo. En este el autor demuestra que su imaginación no tiene límites. Personajes bien desarrollados
Apr 12, 2016 Kenchiin rated it really liked it
The Eyes of the Dragon... more like "How the most generic medieval fantasy story can turn into a charming tale you won't ever forget".
Recommended for all ages :)
The single worst Stephen King novel I have ever read and this man has written his fair share of turds.
Probably King’s most atypical novel. A fairytale-style story about two brothers disputing over the throne in a vague Kingdom where the power is manipulated byt the evil wizard Flagg. Not much reminds us that we are reading a book by Stephen King here. There’s Flagg, who is the most memorable part of this book, and then there are of course those boogers… It is told by a narrator from out time which at times feels a bit askew. The story has some nuance and atmosphere. Some parts hold together well ...more
Nick Iuppa
Mar 21, 2016 Nick Iuppa rated it liked it
I read that this is a story that King told to his children when they were young. If so, it makes perfect sense. The tone of the narrator is patient; he never asks that his readers make any kind of leap across difficult concepts. Instead he leads us slowly and carefully through the events that mark the dangerous passage from the reign of Roland the Good to that of his Son King Peter in spite of the wicked plottings and murderous acts of the Royal Magician, Flagg. In other words folks, this is a f ...more
This is still one of my favourite King books -- a whimsical fairy tale set in a magical landscape; a Dark Tower for younger readers if you will. I couldn't quite give it five stars this time around, since it's not as epic or grand as something like The Talisman, but my sheer enjoyment of the story has not diminished with the years. King weaves a truly engaging spell with this one, which prominently features the uber-villainous Flagg (who has shown up in many King novels, sometimes under other na ...more
Mar 02, 2007 Matt rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans will devour it eagerly.
Before he began his quest for the Dark Tower, King took an earlier foray into the fantasy genre with a book called The Eyes of the Dragon. Written for his thirteen-year-old daughter who didn’t much appreciate his horror stories, Eyes takes place in Delain, a kingdom like many another. The court magician Flagg plots to assassinate King Roland and frame the murder on his heir, the noble Prince Peter. With Peter imprisoned, Flagg has free reign with younger Prince Thomas under his sway.

The set-up i
Alissa Patrick
Nov 09, 2015 Alissa Patrick rated it really liked it
This was a great fantasy novel! Dragons, evil wizards, poisoning, what more could you want?

Sorry Jeff. You totally read it wrong.
Miss Kim
Nov 08, 2010 Miss Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy and magic
Recommended to Miss Kim by: The Huntress, and Jon
Add together one ailing king, two sons, an evil magician, and Stephen King, and what do you get? A great story! This reads as a narrator from modern day tells the story of the kingdom of Delain. King Roland doesn’t mean to love his son Peter more than his son Thomas, but he cannot help himself. Everyone knows that Peter is the boy who would be king, and is beloved by all. The king’s magician, Flagg, has been waiting for hundreds of years to cause mayhem on the kingdom. He is the king’s advisor, ...more
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