In honor of Father's Day, this week's Oldie but Goodie is...
The Eyes of the Dragon
by Stephen King
First Released 1987
I know what you're thinking.
Stephen King? Have you lost it?
The answer is - Nope. I have not lost it. If you are unfamiliar with this story, this King novel is like nothing you are expecting.
The novel 'The Eyes of the Dragon' is about love, after all.
The love two sons have for their father.
The love that father has for his sons.
The story of 'Dragon' opens up in the kingdom of Delain. King Roland is the current reigning monarch, and he has two young sons - Peter, the Crown Prince, and his younger brother Thomas. Flagg, the court magician, has been plotting for years a way to overtake the throne, and discovers the perfect means through Thomas.
One night, Flagg puts his plan into motion, and Roland dies. Peter is convicted of his murder, and Thomas becomes King.
And the entire kingdom is thrown into despair. Oh, not all at once. It starts with small things, like higher taxes, and snowballs to whole families disappearing in the middle of the night. And through it all, Flagg continues to poison the mind of young Thomas, who is too weak-willed to stand up for what is right. His actions spark a rebellion against the throne for the first time in many generations, and through it all, Peter is plotting escape from the Needle - a prison cell atop the highest tower in the castle - reserved only for royal prisoners.
As Peter gets closer and closer to the time when he will attempt his brave escape, Flagg gets more an more uneasy, knowing something is off. Timing is everything, and with the help of his friends, Peter makes a bold move that could either save his kingdom from destruction, or seal the fate of everyone in his land.
What struck me most about this story was how well King's writing just sucked me in. I am a big fan of his writing, but when I read this one, I was struck at how detailed his world became to me. As always, Mr. King has weaved a wonderfully engaging tale, and you should make it a point to read this one. You will not be disappointed.
(And if you have read anything else by Mr. King, the use of the name Flagg will not be lost on you)
Happy Reading, and Happy Father's day!