Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Eyes of the Dragon review

One TBR read down! Heh :D

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.


Kailana said...

I had not even heard of this one by him before. I might try it.

Maree said...

Let me know what you think if you do! :D

Debi said...

Oh my gosh, it's been a loooooooong time since I've read this one, but you're making me want to reread it. And I think perhaps I will for OUaT this year. Whenever I think of this book these days, I can't help but think of Chris--he was traumatized by this book when he was young. About the puking. Do ask him about it. :P

Maree said...

Debi, I loved it so much, I wish I'd read it earlier. Lol - poor Chris :-)

Ana S. said...

This is actually a great candidate for my next King. And knowing there's a Chris story is just extra motivation :P

Maree said...

Ana: Heeee!!! I really enjoyed it, I hope you like it :-)