The Eyes of the Dragon

The Eyes of the Dragon

4.2 426
by Stephen King, David Palladini
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Once Upon a Time, There Was Terror…

The Eyes of the Dragon

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.

A kingdom is in turmoil as the old King Roland dies and its worthy successor, Prince Peter must do battle to claim what is

…  See more details below

Overview

Once Upon a Time, There Was Terror…

The Eyes of the Dragon

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.

A kingdom is in turmoil as the old King Roland dies and its worthy successor, Prince Peter must do battle to claim what is rightfully his. Plotting against him is the evil Flagg and his pawn, young Prince Thomas. Yet with every plan there are holes—like Thomas’s terrible secret. And the determined Prince Peter, who is planning a daring escape from his imprisonment…

Stephen King has taken the classic fairy tale and transformed it into a masterpiece of fiction for the ages.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Memorable, suspenseful, brimming with action.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“King has done a masterful job…beautifully told and beautifully illustrated.”—The Cincinnati Post

“Compelling…his most powerful storytelling.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Memorable, suspenseful, brimming with action.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“King has done a masterful job…beautifully told and beautifully illustrated.”—The Cincinnati Post

“Compelling…his most powerful storytelling.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The sorcery of Stephen King…expertly seductive…the kind of book that keeps you up, red-eyed with fatigue, until 2 a.m., because it’s not possible to stop turning the pages.”—The Washington Post Book World

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.
School Library Journal
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.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451166586
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2001
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
49,706
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.04(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“Memorable, suspenseful, brimming with action.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“King has done a masterful job…beautifully told and beautifully illustrated.”—The Cincinnati Post

“Compelling…his most powerful storytelling.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The sorcery of Stephen King…expertly seductive…the kind of book that keeps you up, red-eyed with fatigue, until 2 a.m., because it’s not possible to stop turning the pages.”—The Washington Post Book World

Meet the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
Education:
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
Website:
http://www.stephenking.com

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Eyes of the Dragon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 422 reviews.
Lure More than 1 year ago
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.
KimRN30 More than 1 year ago
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.
nhoran More than 1 year ago
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.
Pengiun222 More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Eezybelle More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite king book! i have read this book at least 5 times and will read it over again!
crf425 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it! Kept me glued to the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For one of King's non-horror/thrillr novels, this one is the best I've read so far!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best part of the book was the pictures. I think Stephen King has alot of nerve putting his name on this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a well writtin book but not one I would read again. I found it dull and not suspenseful at all. I was very disappointed and I only finished it was because it was a class assignment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt that King has done much better in his previous novels, the novel would be excellent for any other author but for King this really is lower than his normal writing technique. But since this novel ties in with the Dark Tower series and all the other novels related to the "Crimson King" it makes the book interesting to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel like I'm going against the grain to give this a mediocre review, but I personally found this to be one of the more bland books King has written, particularly within the fantasy genre. Granted this was written before he really developed Flagg into a 3-dimenstional character in The Stand and through the Dark Tower series. However, I didn't think this book had the depth of imagery or immediacy of danger that many of his other books convey. I suppose if this is someone's first introduction to King as a fantasy writer instead of a horror novelist, it does not hold up too poorly. However, having read most of his other books, it is not representative of his best (or even usual) work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and intriguing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guyd I have no time to explain,the bootyclapers are coming,and theyre gonna clap our booties
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the King you know and love, in fantasy format. A tale of presuptions, assumptions, good prevailing over evil, and the cost of such victories. A concise narration of the human condition, in which the suspense lies, not in the unknown, but in the style in which it is told. Unique artwork accents a tale to which you can vivdly picture a storyteller surrounded fireside by rapt listeners as he spins out their favorite, as if you are one of them, vivid enough to catch the scent of campfire. Wore out three hardcovers of this exceptional story, so glad to finally have a digital. Typos as minimal as the ones found herein can be overlooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago