Looking Into Stephen King’s ‘Eyes of the Dragon’

Title page from the original 1984 Philtrum Pre...

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The next book on my docket is an oldie but (hopefully) a goodie: Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon, a sword-and-sorcery fantasy first published in 1984 as a limited-edition hardcover by Philtrum Press, then in a mass-market version by Viking in 1987.

King is known as a master of horror, and rightfully so, but I sometimes feel that this label doesn’t do him literary justice. King is, first and foremost, a really good writer. Period. Getting more specific, he’s really good at horror, but he’s really good at other things as well, including fantasy. He’s well-known for his Dark Tower series, but The Eyes of the Dragon was his first published stab at the genre. I’m only about 25 pages in, but so far it’s what I would expect of a classic fantasy—kings and queens, dragons and magic—and what I would expect from King—well-written prose. Though I heard of this title long ago, it wasn’t until recently that I learned it was a classic fantasy tale. I have high hopes for it, and I’ll keep you posted.


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