I need to preface this by saying that this was the first stephen king book i ver 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 book don t be fooled though there is plenty of poisonings death betrayal Foraging for Survival etc and the villain is flagg of the stand fame that said it could be that my love for this book the second time around as an adult is deeply rooted in that first reading as a kid meaning it could be that if you read it for the first time as an adult you might not feel the way that i do about it think reading the hobbit vs reading lord of the rings and that s about the comparison to it and normal king fare the story itself could almost be considered stock fantasy but the characters are brought to life with the amazing skill that you come toxpect from stephen king you have the kingdom of delain ruled by king roland roland has two sons peter and thomas the Fragments elder peter is the golden child with thomas always living in his shadow roland himself is a weak king a virtual puppet of his adviser flagg with peter poised to take the throne after roland dies flagg must see to it that somehow thomas the weaker son who resembles his father is the one actually crowned king this doesn t sound to original does it but i doubt you can find a story in which you feel such compassion for the spineless king roland awe and respect for the venerable prince peter and sympathy blended with shame for thomas it s a uick readngaging and skillfully told if you want a fantasy story that will bring you back to your childhood this is it Book you have the right to a speedy trial review THE DEFENSE 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 Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries 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 particularlyffective THE PROSECUTION Very little action for a fantasy novel putting Dragon in the title when the dragon is only in the book for about two pagesthat s downright cruel Mr King The book s fairy tale narrative voice may not be for veryone King often speaks directly to the reader like Aesop speaking to a crowd which some might find off putting Story drags a bit in the final act THE VERDICT A fractured fairy tale as only Stephen King can deliver this book is perfect for someone who wants to see an author step out of their comfort zone and try something new NapkinsNapkinsAnd than nough too much nose picking and boogersStephen I dressed up like Jack Vance for Halloween. Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Delain King Roland is murdered and his son and heir Peter is framed for the crime Peter and his lo.
O the mythical land of Delain which lurks somewhere within Mid WorldThe book is presented by an omnipresent narrator who may very well be Stephen King himself This story was written and dedicated to his daughter Naomi after all The storyteller keeps us updated with his opinions lets us know the personae s thoughts and motives throughout the plot and reverts back to us as a reader to find out how we are getting on It is a nice touch for a pleasant story It follows the royal family of Delain King Roland the Good is an average monarch He loves his alcohol hunting and is just generally an okay guy He reminded me of Robert Baratheon from Game of Thrones His defining feat was killing the last known dragon the head of which remains in his drawing room as a trophy In his later years when his subjects are worried at a lack of an heir he is introduced to a witty charming younger lady called Sasha and thanks to a couple of magic potions to aid sexual prowess two children are born Peter and Thomas All seems nice and happy so far Peter grows to be a strapping proud and honourable young gentleman who veryone agrees will make a great next king Well all xcept one personI forgot to mention The Eyes of the Dragon includes one of the most infamous notorious villains in fiction a gentleman or demon perhaps called Flagg happens to be the King s aide and black magician Flagg goes by many names in Stephen King s novels The Man In Black The Walkin Dude Randall Flagg tc If you are familiar with King s books you probably know this dude from Dark Tower and The Stand amongst others To summarise He is one vil muthaphuckka On a grim day in Delain The King is poisoned with a vile substance called Dragon Sand which burns victims from the inside out and next in line to the throne Peter is incorrectly judged to have committed the said regicide therefore is placed on the top floor of The Needle for One Ticket To Texas eternal imprisonment 300 feet above the ground In lieu of this Roland s younger weaker impressionable son becomes King and guess who is whispering in hisar about how to rule the landFollowing this we are dealt a slightly predictable but still utterly Helpmate entrancing narrative that composes a state of mind to the readers where hope belief friendship and desire are the real magic in a story that is polluted by Flagg s plotting deceit and all sort of macabre magical nastiness The story revolves around a dolls house anndless supply of napkins a mouse a two headed parrot and a very clever wolf dog called Frisky who is presented with charming childishly human ualities by the narrator A lot of the supporting cast who I have not Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy even mentioned are well created and add to the overall uality of the tale My copy of the novel also included some amazing fantastical art including Frisky the dragon a lost looking rabbit the wizard and such which was a very nice touch I guess you need to read this so you will know what was seen when someone on the secret passage looked through theyes of the dragon and how it impacts on this awesome storyJames Tivendale. Ape plan that will take him years to xecute before taking on Flagg the powerful sorcerer who has masterminded this coup stephenkingc.
King made a noteworthy switch from straight up horror to a better than passable high fantasy in his 1987 novel The Eyes of the DragonThe King of American horror though is also a better than average writer and knows a thing or two about moving some copy and though this is a little out of character like Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West it is also ntertaining and delivers a fantasy gemVaguely reminiscent of Neil Gaiman s Stardust in tone if not in theme this change of pace to this humble reader at least most notably features his Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader epic villain Randall Flagg in this work simply Flagg the king s magicianKing has created in Flagg a universal boogeyman a timeless and undying human darkness that plays in a score of nefarious roles But than just a plug and play antihero Flagg becomes a recurringvil in a mythos built on badA good fantasy When I was a little girl my mother and father would tuck me in at night and read me a bedtime story At Christmas and Easter I would have the pleasure of listening to bedtime stories made up by my father just for me Delee The Adventures of the Pink Kittyabout a very special kitten making his way to a very special childand his adventures along the way trying to find a home with the perfect little girl ME It wasn t a logical storyit probably wasn t the best story out there but to me it was magical THE EYES OF THE DRAGON is another kind of bedtime story A bedtime story KING style Noooo pink kitties hereIn a fairy tale past there is a relatively happy Kingdom of Delain with the dragon slaying King Roland his young wife ueen Sasha and their sweet perfect little boy Peterbut there also is Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead evil in Delain a magician by the name of Flagg Who is also unfortunatelyRoland s adviserFlagg s goal is to make this Kingdomless happy and he comes up with a plan A plan that doesn t involve ueen Sashaor a sweet perfect heir to the throne So he schemesand he schemes Sasha dies in childbirth and Thomas is born A not so perfect child who Flagg takes under his wing and when the time is right all the pieces fall into placebut there are a few snags in his wicked plan Flagg is not aware of that may or may not come back to haunt him laterThis is one of my Favorite King books It speaks to my inner childand from time to time SHE stillnjoys fairy tales and bedtime stories When the majority of individuals think about Stephen King s credentials it is generally about his amazing work rate at producing memorable and top uality horror stories With that in mind in addition to The Dark Tower saga this novel is one of Mr King s lesser known creations that is definitely Tolkien than Tommyknockers It is an Bryozoan Evolution easy story to get into and I was intrigued from the first page My grandfather gave me this book when I was a wideyed Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) eleven year old lover of Goosebumps books as I possessed pretty good reading skills for that age and I lovedvery second of this tale back then Memories of the book from 19 years ago are of course hazy so I am glad I picked it up again half for the nostalgia but also to delve back int. Yal friends must battle an Silvers Edge evil wizard and Peter's usurper brother Thomas for the throne Imprisoned in a tower Peter conceives ansc.
Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologiesIn the fall of 1971 Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy the public high school in Hampden Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels