Review of 'The Eyes of the Dragon' by Stephen King
6 out of 10
The Eyes of the Dragon is definitely not what one would expect from a King novel. Dragon is King's take on fantasy. Although riveting and engrossing I felt let down when the novel finally ended.
The most enjoyable moments for me were those delving into the background of the character Flagg. Flagg is a reoccurring character in the King universe and is a key character in The Dark Tower Series by King (which I will eventually review). In Dragon Flagg is the royal advisor and magician. I would find every chapter about the menacing demon Flagg kept me absolutely glued to the pages. I would long to hear more about his dark adventures in his laboratory or about the time he spent collecting his many poisons and trinkets.
When reading about the other characters I simply felt they had little depth or meaning. The main protagonist, Peter, a prince who was framed for his fathers murder and locked in a tower, was just a bore. His brother, Thomas, who takes up the crown in Peter's place is a stout, melancholy boy is made of the same interest-less material. The dog, Frisky, who only appears in the last quarter of the story is the second most compelling character.
Speaking of dog's in King novels I noticed in both Cujo and Dragon when King is writing about the dogs perspective, the humans are always referred to as The Woman or The Tall Boy. I find it a bit adorable if I do say so. King has an excellent way with conveying the sheer devotion of our canine companions and making them very understanding characters.
Dragon is not a horror novel, don't expect there to be horrible, disturbing events. It feels like a novel he had written for his children to read to their children one day. Nothing mind blowing, but terrible. Dragon is a good novel, don't get me wrong; It kept me up until 2 a.m., but it was half wanting to know what happens and half because I wanted to take it to the thrift store.
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