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With 1987’s The Eyes of the Dragon, Stephen King ventured into the realm of heroic fantasy with this exciting tale for young adults.
When King Roland was young, he was an accomplished archer, slaying a dragon with his famed arrow, Foe-Hammer. Now old and infirm, he depends on his magician-advisor, Flagg, to help him rule...unaware that Flagg has a diabolical plan. With a goblet of poison, Flagg ends Roland’s life, frames the teenaged Prince Peter for the crime, and has Thomas, Peter’s bumbling but malleable 12-year-old brother, crowned king.
But Peter, too, has a plan, and, aided by Thomas, he must bring forth Foe-Hammer and battle Flagg for his throne. Includes 21 half-tone illustrations by David Palladini.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Viking Penguin USA ( January 01, 2007 )
Item #: 10-287424
Product Dimensions: 6.125 x 9.25 x 0.84inches
Product Weight: 19.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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 take on a Young Adult level Fairy Tale. The story takes place in the Kingdom of Delain, which is located in In-World, the setting of the Dark Tower series and is told from the perspective of a story teller who is telling the reader a tale of old from his lands.
I enjoyed the perspective that King chose to tell the tale from and the way that the teller poses questions and comments directly to the reader. I think that this method works great especially considering the target audience of the story as the story teller method keeps them a bit distanced from the harsher elements of the story (which isn't entirely pleasant, duh it's King!) while involving them more in the story by asking them to come up with their own conclusions about certain aspects and not entirely holding their hand through the whole thing.
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable tale of suspense with a good mix of emotions brought to the reader from betrayal, redemption, perseverance and yes, even a little love.
I got this when the book I had ordered went out of stock thinking how can I go wrong with Stephen King? It was interesting to see something of his written in th 80's for the first time...a nice journey back. Well written fantasy: a good book for a winter's night with cocoa which is how I read it.
I borrowed this book from somebody at work when I finish the book I was reading. I did not think that I would like it as much as I did. WOW I was pleasantly surprised. It is one of the best books I have read. I did not want to put it down.
And now?...Absolutely, hands down, without a doubt my most favorite book ever! Young or old, fantasy lover or not, Stephen King fan or not you MUST read this book!
I am not a Steven King fan. I do not like suspense and terror to the degree that he writes it. I read the review for this book and just had to read it...and I loved it! I am hoping that this book will have a sequel. Loved the purpose of the dragon, I loved the inclusion of the dollhouse and I love how all twisted things became unraveled. An excellent book!