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The Eyes of the Dragon

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  68,411 ratings  ·  2,265 reviews

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.

Paperback, 380 pages
Published December 8th 1987 by Signet (first published January 1st 1987)
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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
David "proud member of 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
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
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.
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

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?
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Aug 31, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) 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
Edward Lorn
Apr 08, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Stefan Yates
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
Franco  Santos
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 nenes, no es tan infantil.

Un relato excelente, que disfruté muchísimo. En ésta el autor demuestra que su imaginación no tiene límites. Personajes bien desarrollados
Ruth Turner

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)
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
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 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
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
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
The single worst Stephen King novel I have ever read and this man has written his fair share of turds.
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
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
I loved this book. for a Stephen King book, it is a fairly easy read and I loved reading the fantasy he created. I loved the characters and I also loved how his story developed and eventually all came together at the end. also, as a side note, I love how there are elements that he grabbed from this book and used them in other books like The Stand and his Dark Tower series. all in all, I found this book to be a fairly excellent read!
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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
Angelina Mazza
"...por ti moriré miles de veces, pensó..."
Nunca pensé que King pudiera escribir una historia así, y por ello le congratulo.
Una historia para jóvenes llena de inocencia, qué bueno!! El relato me mantuvo atrapada en todo momento, recomendado para que los adolescentes amplíen un poco su universo con un cuento bien narrado.
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
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
This is my third Stephen King, but I’ve been told it’s not typical. I don’t think my others (11/22/63 and Joyland) were typical either!

I started this with some apprehension, as fantasy is not usually my genre (and I had chosen to read this because I needed a book with a dragon for a particular challenge!!) but I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s written in the style of a fairytale, although at 400+ pages, it’s a little longer than your average fairytale!

I got caught up in the story, found the charac
Marina Gareis
Martin Rondina
Breve Reseña

El libro nos lleva al reino de Delain, el cual se encuentra bajo el mando del rey Roland, quien es un buen rey y es querido por su pueblo, aunque cuenta con una personalidad un poco blanda para un rey. Roland se da cuenta de que necesita herederos para su reinado, así que comienza en la búsqueda de una mujer, algo que a el no le había llamado tanto la atención durante los años. Para conseguir a su esposa le pide ayuda a su asesor de la corte, el misterioso mago Randall Flagg, un ser
May 15, 2010 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by:
Shelves: fantasy
Between the scattered pictures throughout the story and the easy concepts and vocabulary, The Eyes of the Dragon seems like it is a children's book. While the book is devoid of Stephen King's patented terror, it's still chock full of his wry humor and warped mind. This is definitely not for the little ones.

The Eyes of the Dragon takes place in the same world as Stephen King's Dark Tower series and was the first book he published that was completely apart from the horror genre. The title mentions
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
Adela C.

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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