Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Eyes of the Dragon review
Stephen King is of course, best known for his horror novels, but once in a while he takes a look down a different aisle, tests out the goods.
The Eyes of the Dragon can be found down one of those offshoot aisles.
Written, apparently, for King's daughter who didn't like horror stories, The Eyes of the Dragon is definitely a departure.
Not that that's a bad thing. Not at all because The Eyes of the Dragon is great. If it has to be categorised, I would say it's YA Fantasy. It's actually a very straightforward fantasy novel, and I mean that in the best possible sense of the word.
It's set in a magical kingdom, where king Roland is a foolish if kind king, with two sons - Peter and Thomas - and a shadowy magician adviser called Flagg.
When Roland is murdered, Peter is accused of the crime and imprisoned in The Needle.
Peter is, of course, innocent, and Flagg is determined to make mischief.
There's something oddly comforting about The Eyes of the Dragon and I can't quite put my finger on it. It feels like the narrator is telling you the story personally, and all of the elements are familiar, and it just all pulls together into a cosy, remarkably readable whole.