The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

Falsely imprisoned for regicide, Prince Peter plots his escape, determined to defeat the wizard who framed him.

As far as I can recall, The Eyes of the Dragon marks Stephen King’s sole foray into fantasy, apart from his Dark Tower series (which I adore). It’s a shame, because he writes masterfully in the genre.

I’ve read The Eyes of the Dragon six or seven times now, and never fail to be sucked in by its simplicity and moral depth. King’s excellent characterizations imbue the tale with a tragic poignancy, and his plotting is masterful. And the quasi-historical fantasy mode frees King from one of his tragic flaws: relying on pop culture as shorthand. The book really works. It’s a story I know I’ll reread again.

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