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The Eyes of the Dragon

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A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 8th 1987 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Swaps55
Aug 08, 2007 Swaps55 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
StoryTellerShannon
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...more
Brian

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?
Stefan
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...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Aug 31, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
Trudi
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
Matt
Mar 02, 2007 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Nick Smith
At times, King's approach to writing from a storyteller's perspective is a little cloying, and there's a lot of old-fashioned narrator presence in this one. "I'm sorry to say," "It's not for me to tell," "You'll have to make up your mind"; to me, this stuff is cute in very small doses but betrays a little too much the mechanics behind writing itself. It's difficult to get really lost in a story when the author continually reminds you that it's a story. Other than that, this is a good adventure y...more
Miss Kim
Nov 08, 2010 Miss Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Alissa
The Eyes of the Dragon was written for a different audience than the one King usually writes for. I was fine with that for most of the book until the pages leading up to the ending. It was a suitable ending but it fell a little flat with me, I wouldn't consider this a spoiler just my opinion. What had been a fairly solid, nicely spun tale ended up with some holes in the yarn. Other than that the book was enjoyable and the ending was fine, just lacking.

King managed to craft a "fairy tale" with ho...more
Evan Mcclellan
I have terrific memories of reading this book. As my brother and I left our sisters house one summer afternoon, she shoved this book into my hands and told me I'd like it. On the forty-five minute drive back to our house I started reading it out loud to my brother. By the time we got home we were both hooked. We took turns reading out loud to each other, doing voices for the different characters and the narator until we finnished it. The experience was almost like that of William Goldman, when h...more
Adela Cacovean


Mă simt nevoită să recunosc, cu regret, că aceasta este prima carte scrisă de Stephen King pe care am citit-o. Nu am cu ce să o compar, dar, din ce am citit, este diferită de ceea ce scrie el de obicei. King a scris această carte pentru fata lui, pe vremea aceea adolescentă, căreia nu-i plăceau romanele scrise de el.
“Intr-o zi, m-am asezat la masa mea de lucru si am inceput sa scriu aceasta poveste. Cand am terminat-o, i-am dat manuscrisul lui Naomi care l-a luat cu o lipsa de entuziasm nedisimu
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c.o.lleen ± (... never stop fighting) ±
2 1/2

There is something that some authors who usually write for adults do, sometimes, when they are writing for a younger audience - and that is that they clearly write for a younger audience. This book had some of that sing-songy tone to it that adults sometimes use with children when they're sort of talking down to them. That whole "Now pay attention, boys and girls, while we see the big, bad magician trick the silly people." It's... annoying. And it makes me want to almost mark this book as j...more
Rollie
King Roland is dying and he’s supposed to choose among his two sons who’ll take his crown next to him as a king. Would it be Prince Peter, who he admires the most for the excellence he’s achieving on his lessons; or his second and youngest son, Prince Thomas, whom he relates himself during the days he was the age of Thomas?

Everything is planned to whom will King Roland pass his throne and even the people of Dellain has approved on King’s choice. But in a trick of fate everything changes—from the...more
Jon
Stephen King. For kids? Yeah, sometimes. Eyes of the Dragon is as close as King comes to being for all ages.

This is a shift from most of King's other writings, but carries much of King's traditional thematic and style. Stephen King's world is connected to our own and it's in that world that all his stories hang out, blending together in fascinating and engaging ways. One can't help but see the connections in Dragon to other books; The Stand, It, The Dark Tower. Maybe it's just that I really like...more
Benjamin Stahl
I didn't expect I would like this one, because I'm not a fan of fantasy novels. Nor do I like it when Stephen King writes something for his children (this was written for his daughter) because you know its going to be a pretty tame read as far as violence and horror goes. But while I was a quarter way through this, it suddenly dawned on me that I was enjoying the book. It's very simply written, and there isn't anything particularly scary or intriguing about it, but all the same it is very entert...more
Jeff Miller
I don't think I have ever come away from a Stephen King book and thought "delightful!". Yet that was the case here.

This book had passed me by and I picked it up recently since it was on sale and sounded interesting enough.

This novel is more straight-forward fantasy, but with a quest or a long-winded adventure. Instead there is a focused narrow story arc involving the King and his two sons. Betrayal and then seeking for justice. Yet not a self-serving justice tainted with revenge, but a thirst fo...more
Jennalyn
I have a confession to make: I've never read a Stephen King novel before. I've read several of his essays (and been quite impressed), but I'm just not a fan of horror as a genre.

But I do love a good fantasy or a twisted fairy tale, which is precisely what we have in "The Eyes of the Dragon." And it's delightful. The plot is simple: an evil magician murders the king, frames the crown prince, and then proceeds to install the younger prince as king... a king whom the evil magician can control. But...more
Stephanie Jobe
Oddly enough this is the only Stephen King I have ever read. I keep telling myself I will read others, but obviously I have a lot of things I want to read. When I think of this book I think the ultimate fairy tale. Okay, there is not really romance but still there is something so wonderful about the imperfect king, the benevolent queen and all the tiny details that make up this story. I don’t think this story belongs exclusively to Peter or anyone. The magician Flagg has been plotting the downfa...more
Cristy
Apr 11, 2012 Cristy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: kids, dark tower fans
Recommended to Cristy by: my aunt
This is one of my favorite Stephen King books of all time. I was an avid Stephen King fan at an inappropriately young age, and devoured every one of his books I could get my hands on. The Eyes of the Dragon was purchased for me by a family member for my 10th birthday as a more age-appropriate book because he had written it for his daughter when she was young, so she could read her dad's work. It is by far less gory and dark than his regular works, but even as a die-hard fan I would not recommend...more
Tom
Feb 23, 2013 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: King fans, Classic fantasy lovers
I re-read this book to check if it was suitable for my 11 year old daughter to read. It's sometimes referred to as "Stephen King for children" but on re-read, I find that's not really true. There is some pretty direct sexual euphemisms at the beginning... how the "King's sword hardened before the Queen's forge," frank talk about how babies get made, allusions to sexual violence. But more than that, you can't really tone down Stephen King's zeal for murder, torture and mayhem. The bad guy is REAL...more
Maria
I've always been jealous of people who remember their childhood well. I can hardly recall even a few things I enjoyed doing when I was a child. I do, however, remember how I used to read the books I liked at night, hiding under the blanket so my parents wouldn't have noticed. One of these books was Stephen King's The Eyes Of The Dragon. I find it's funny that I'm doing the very same thing now, and, though it's not by far as thrilling as it was with my parents constantly trying to catch me, it's...more
Michael
Jan 04, 2014 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Jedigal
This book was, for me, an easy and enjoyable read. I liked the bits when the author spoke to me, the reader. The ending was rather predictable. I read the Kindle edition and was surprised by the misspelled words. Often Delain, the kingdom, was Detain and doll-house became do//-house. Perhaps that was a product of the process of making the book into a e-book. There seems to have been difficulty with the letter L.

So, I liked it but wasn't all that impressed with my second Stephen King book. It's n...more
Nikki
This one's very fun. It's aimed at a younger sort of audience, I think, than Stephen King's other stuff like The Stand, so the tone is quite light. I like the narrative style -- the storyteller flavour of it. The story itself is quite simple, really, and quite fairytale ish, but the little details are really awesome -- the things that are mentioned early on and later become relevant, such as the doll's house. I found the presence of Flagg interesting, too.

It's nothing terribly substantial, and t...more
Meljean Brook
Okay, I haven't read this recently, but just thought of it while writing the Full Dark, No Stars review.

I love this book to death. Although it's not anything like some of my other King favorites (IT, The Stand), and is more fantasy-based, everything in this book just comes together SO PERFECTLY at the end. I love the characters, love the story, I love the little illustrations that pop up now and then ... this is one of those books that I can pick up every few years, and enjoy it just as much as...more
Lee
I don't think that they called them YA books back in '87. But, back then spinning this fantasy tale for his daughter, I'm sure she was more then pleased with this tale.
Adventurous young hero's,trying to save the young king.. a wicked old magician trying to keep him from being the new king. With the wonderful descriptions of the landscape and the feel of that cold and drafty castle, this was a fun yarn. Recommended reading for young fantasy fans.
Kelli Lee
What can I say other than I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters, the story, the whole shebang. And the story, it was a charming fairy tale written by the deliciously demented and mega talented Stephen King. And strangely, it remained as just that, a fairy tale. Frankly, I kept waiting for the deaths and misery and scares galore. They never came. So, so glad I picked up this book.
Camila Carbel
Me encanto este libro. King no deja de sorprenderme!
La forma en la que esta contado me gusto mucho y facilita la lectura y te mete 100% en la historia.
Una historia muy tierna, llena de magia, valentía, honestidad y amor.
Es muy distinto a los libros que ya leí de King, distinto pero igual de bueno.
Totalmente recomendado!
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