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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.

In the kingdom of Delain, a young prince must struggle against powerful forces to gain his rightful inheritance.

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Overview

Unabridged CDs, 9 CDs, 11 hours

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.

In the kingdom of Delain, a young prince must struggle against powerful forces to gain his rightful inheritance.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
It's just not possible to stop turning the pages.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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.
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YA -- A fantasy set in the mythical kingdom of Delain. Aging King Roland is murdered by his court magician, who sees to it that the king's eldest son and heir, Peter, is blamed for the crime. Peter is imprisoned and his younger brother Thomas ascends to the throne. Thomas is easily manipulated by the evil magician, and the kingdom's last hope is Peterif he can escape from prison and set things right again. The Eyes of the Dragon starts out slowly, but, as in most of King's books, the pace speeds up steadily, building to an exciting and satisfying climax. While some King fans who want their favorite horror writer back might grumble, fantasy or adventure fans of more open mind will find The Eyes of the Dragon a thoroughly entertaining book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142427880
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 5.34 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King

Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    Decent book, massive amounts of grammatical errors in eBook format

    The book itself was decent, a bit predictable at times, not terribly original in concept. Kept my interest regardless.

    I would describe the story as mostly character driven. If you're looking for a book with a lush and intricate fantasy world this is not it. Barely a mention is made of the world at large outside the small boundaries of the castle.

    I can't imagine reading it a second time but the first time was a pleasant experience aside from the massive quantity of grammatical errors. No idea who is copying these books into ebook format but they need to move a little slower I think.

    "his eyes would 'bum' a baleful, hellish red." Sorry did you mean 'burn?'

    "it would 'bum' off my hand when it went in." Sheesh, I guess whoever copied this to ebook format has a fetish for bums or something.

    If that sort of thing doesn't bother you and you enjoy a simple read that doesn't make you think too much, I believe you will enjoy this book.

    22 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    My favorite Stephen King story

    This book, while still a dark story, is a completely different type for Mr. King. I loved it. Stephen King takes you into a whole new world that somehow feels familiar with all of the other fantasy types stories that are written. I recommend it, whether you enjoy his writing or not. You will not be disappointed.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2010

    King strays from genre

    The eye of the dragon
    For a renowned author, known for horror, mystery this mid-evil fiction is out of his style, The eye of the dragon by Stephen king. Captivates and entrances the reader through the world of Delain. Through betrayal and deceit, Prince peter is blamed for the murder of his father by someone close to the king himself.
    Eye of the dragon, Follows the life of peter and Thomas the princes of Delain. There fathers council betraying him and peter. Flagg a magician of at least 400years in age. Deceptive and full of betrayal. The eye of the dragon is full of twists and turns.
    The storyline was brilliant, but lacked suspense. Stephen king mad a wonderful book. But by the story you can't tell he is out of his typical element. So for a book lacking suspense this is still a wonderful read.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    One of my favorites

    This was a re-read for me. Since I first read it years ago, I have recommended it a number of times...especially to those who say, "Oh, I don't like Stephen King's books." When the book was published, I recall reading a statement by King that he had written it for his daughter, who at the time was a middle schooler, because he regarded his other books as being too gory for her to read.

    Bottom line, it is a classic tale of good vs. evil with richly drawn characters. I enjoyed the second time round as bit as much as I did the first time round.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Great story from the time of kings and castles

    Great read!! it was hard for me to put this book down. Finished it in 3 days. Not sure if there is a sequel to this book but if there is ill gobble it right up

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    One of his best!

    I have a lot of respect for this book and its author. This was the first SK book i read many years ago, given to my by aunt who bought it at a garage sale for a dime. being younger, it took me a while to get through it but i absolutely loved it and became immediately hooked on SK books from there on in. A truly amazing story that holds a deep place in my heart. I would read it again in a heartbeat.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

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    Loved This Book Since Childhood

    I have had this book in hardcover since I was a child. I have no idea where or when I got it, but I have loved it since my first read. I have since enjoyed several King books, but none as much as this first foray. This is a lovely story about two young princes, a loving but flawed father, a counselor that has too much influence, and the struggle that the younger prince has with his jealousy and doing what is right. In grand King fashion, there is madness and secrets and ultimately redemption and triumph of goodness, but not without cost. Although I read this as a little girl, I think it is an excellent read for boys and would be an excellent choice for a parent to read with children and have discussions about the different natures of people and how to choose right from wrong. I will be shipping a copy to my nephew and hoping he loves it as much as I do.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Best ever

    This is by far my favorite king book!
    i have read this book at least 5 times and will read it over again!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    Horribly weak...

    The story line was okay, it was something new since king does mostly horror and sometimes modern fantasy (nightmare and dreamscapes, everything is eventual) Not with this book, this would be more of your old fantasy, dragons and dungeons kinda of thing. Be warned if you are reading this for mythical creatures there are none in this book. It's pretty simple to understand and not a lot happens in it. The plot is so easy to figure out.
    Like all fantasy novels the good guys win.
    I would personally recommend this book only if you have nothing better to read, they're are many other good S.K titles out there and this doesn't seem to be one of them.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

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    This is hands down my favorite book when I was a kid. The only

    This is hands down my favorite book when I was a kid. The only book I liked and would read back then. Wonderful story of good vs evil. The insecurities in us all and how we overcome them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Good King Read

    This really needed to be about 100 pages shorter. Like most King books, a lot of pages are dedicated to very little plot momentum. This a fun read for fans of Stephen King, but I found the book slightly overlong and bloated where it needed to move forward quickly. Truly, this book needed to be in one of his novella collections.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Loved It!

    Absolutely loved it! Kept me glued to the pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Eyes of the Dragon

    For one of King's non-horror/thrillr novels, this one is the best I've read so far!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    I love this book!

    When I was in High School, I thought I would try to read a scary novel and decided on a Stephen King book. I picked this one out and was blown away by what happens to be one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. Even though I was looking for a scary story, I was not let down in the least. I work in a book store and have read many fantasy books. This has to be one of the top must read fantasy books on anyone's list!!!!! You will not regret it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Boaring

    Very slow. Couldn't finish it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

    Different

    While Steven King is known for scarry tales set in new england, this is a bit off his normal track. It's still a thriiler of a book, but set in a long ago time in a far off kingdom. It's interesting due to the facts sprinkled through the book as well as animals' points of view. It also has all the evil plots I'd expect.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    The Eyes of the Dragon

    This book makes reference to The Dark Tower series. Not one of King's best.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2006

    DISAPOINTING!!

    The best part of the book was the pictures. I think Stephen King has alot of nerve putting his name on this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    ZZZzzzzz...

    I actually fell asleep when I had read this book! I feel that it lacked action, imagination, and suspense. It clearly isn't one of his best books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    Sorry, but...

    In his book On Writing, Stephen King goes over many dos and dont's of the craft. One he doesn't cover, interestingly enough, is ending a chapter by telling the reader exactly what will happen over the course of the next five chapters. Definitely a don't, I would say--yet something King does several times in Eyes within the first hundred pages! Suspense? What suspense?! How is suspense even possible when the author keeps doing this over and over again? The Kingdom of Delain was far from impressive, a fantasy world constructed of papier mache, cardboard, and popsicle sticks. Granted, too much detail is annoying and unnecessary, but practically none at all causes a world to be barren and sterile, as is the case here. The characters, likewise, are pure cardboard--the only thing fleshy about them is the little stand holding them up. And of course there's Flagg...Ah yes, we all know Flagg, probably the most overworked villain in modern literature. Really, doesn't this guy ever get a coffee break? A chance to wash his hooded robe maybe? Okay, I'll stop already. I think my point is made.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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