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The Eyes of the Dragon Mass Market Paperback – December 8, 1987
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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!
From Publishers Weekly
Advance publicity hails this "story" (not labeled a novel) by the popular writer as appealing to "readers of all ages," although its genesis was in a story King told to his children. King's legion of fans are likely to find that a restrained maturity marks the differences between this stylish, successful effort at fantasy (illustrated by 21 half-tones) and his earlier, sometimes overwrought writings. Eyes details the crusade of Peter and Thomas, two princely brothers, to destroy the 400-year-old Flagg, the evil magician who threatens to control the kingdom of Delain after the death of their father, King Roland, who remained unwed until he was past 50. Flagg has imprisoned Peter, the heir apparent, on suspicion of murdering the king (actually it was Flagg who did it) and installed the profligate second son, an easier mark, on the throne. Surprisingly, Eyes is a gentle story, despite violence, gore and his standard vulgarity, because King has ingeniously interposed himself between reader and narrative as if he were telling the tale aloud, with a soothing cadence practically audible in the evocative prose. This heartwarming chronicle of brotherly love may be enjoyed by young adults and their parents. 1,000,000 first printing; $300,000 ad/promo; BOMC selection.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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That said . . . This electronic Kindle version is at best a two star Edition. It is horrible that in the climactic scenes the characters are yelling "Easter!" instead of "Faster!" Or that the Kingdom of Delain is rampantly misspelled as "Detain". My old paperback never had these issues.
A little proof reading is not a high expectation, especially for a book that has probably sold thousands and thousands of copies the world over.
What a pleasure! All the awesomeness of his writing and none of the loathsome aspects of horror writing. (Look, I get that millions of people love horror fiction. I live with one of them. It's just not my thing.) I enjoyed it a great deal, and it made me look more closely at the actual descriptions of King's other novels. He writes more than horror! Who knew? Not me until I read this delightful book.
I wouldn't go as far as calling this book a "masterpiece", but it was one of the best books from Stephen King that I read so far.
The land of Delain is a dark one, ruled by King Roland, a man who most fancies the drink and who is a decades-long widow after his wife dies supposedly in childbirth. When evil magician Flagg murders King Roland, princes Peter and Thomas are respectively destined for the throne. Flagg fears Peter, the smarter and stronger of the two, so he imprisons him on blatently false accusations of murdering his father. Flagg then appoints Thomas as King, as he is easier to puppeteer and not smart enough or brave enough to stop Flagg. This book is a page-turner, and Peter's attempts at escape were especially poignant as to remain with me in the 20 years it has been since I have last read this book.
I would recommend this book to a young adult reader; there is no gratuitous violence and nearly no sex (well, there had to be or the main character wouldn't have been born, right?). The story is tight and interesting, and a great read.
Still an excellent piece of work from a great writer that proves he can write fantasy with the best of them. I would reccomend it for ages 8 and up provided you read it with them, 11 and up otherwise.