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Literature: The Eyes of The Dragon
The Eyes of the Dragon is a novel written by Stephen King, published in 1987. Contrary to what you might expect from Stephen King, it's a high fantasy novel.

Roland the Good, the king of Delain, has tried to be the best king he could be. As he nears the end of his life, his son Peter will soon take his place — unless the king's magician, Flagg, can make sure Roland's younger son Thomas ascends the throne instead.

Not to be confused with The Eye of Argon.

This work provides examples of:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Sasha, as well as Peter before he is framed.
  • Action Girl: Naomi
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The narrator is very insistent that Thomas was not a bad child. He was weak, jealous, sensitive, easily manipulated and not particularly bright, but at heart he wasn't evil.
  • All Men Are Perverts / All Women Are Prudes: Entirely inverted with Roland and Sasha. Not only does he have little interest in sex (and usually needs Flagg's potions to have it in the first place), but when he does sleep with his wife it is for her pleasure, not his own.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Peter manages to make one out of threads plucked from the embroidered napkins given to him daily and woven together on the tiny but functional loom in the dollhouse he requested to keep in his cell over the span of several years.
  • Canon Welding: Flagg first appeared in The Stand.
    • In The Dark Tower series, Roland mentions that he met Thomas and his steward Dennis during their pursuit of Flagg after the end of the book.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Many. The peephole in the dragon skull that Flagg shows Thomas, where Thomas sees Flagg poison his father and Dennis finds out, years later, that Peter was innocent, bringing about Flagg's downfall. Peter's need for a napkin at every meal and his mother's old dollhouse are this as well.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Archery is mentioned as being Thomas's best skill, the one thing he is better at then Peter. He gets a chance to demonstrate it when he puts an arrow through Flagg's eye.
  • Covers Always Lie: Some later editions tried to market the book as being a horror novel. One such cover's tagline is "Once upon a time, there was a terror..."
  • Death by Childbirth: Sasha, while giving birth to Thomas. At least, that's what Flagg set it up to look like.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: As a king, Thomas becomes an alcoholic because he knows that Flagg poisoned Roland and framed Peter for it.
  • Evil Chancellor: Flagg.
  • Eye Scream: Thomas shoots an arrow, the same one that killed Niner, through Flagg's eye. The wound is apparently not fatal for Flagg, however.
  • Here There Were Dragons: Although magic still exists in Delain, dragons themselves do not; the last one, named Niner, was killed by Roland.
  • The High Queen: Sasha, who is beautiful, moral, and quick-witted. The people of the kingdom adore her.
  • Ironic Nickname: "Thomas the Lightbringer" is the tool that Flagg plans to use to plunge Delain back into Dark Age Europe.
  • King on His Deathbed
  • Lemony Narrator: The unnamed storytelling narrator, who often speaks directly to the reader and shares opinions on the characters.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Was published as such in 1984, three years before the book's official release.
  • Love Potion: Roland doesn't really like sex, so he usually drinks an aphrodisiac potion made by Flagg before having it (at first, because he needs to produce a heir, later because he wants to pleasure his wife).
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: Thomas imagines that not only his father, but pretty much everyone in the kingdom is thinking, "We lost your mother, and we got you instead?"
  • Necronomicon: Flagg has one.
  • Old Man Marrying A Child: A rare positive example: Roland is fifty when he marries the seventeen-year-old Sasha, but the two seem quite happy together.
  • Parental Favoritism: Roland favors Peter over Thomas, interestingly because Thomas is just like him; not very smart and unattractive.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Flagg persuaded the king to marry Sasha because he believed that she, a very minor noble who was little more than a child at the time of the marriage, would be weak and easily manipulated. He was proven wrong when Sasha turned out to be intelligent and clever, and the king genuinely came to love her so much that Flagg backed out of a murder attempt on her because he felt the king's love for her was so great that he would not have rested until he uncovered her murderer. Although it didn't stop him from eventually figuring out a way to discreetly dispose of Sasha.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: The titular eyes of the dragon Niner, rather than a traditional portrait; it serves the same purpose.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Thomas to Flagg: "You told me only lies, magician."
  • Puppet King: both Thomas and his father were this.
  • Rightful King Returns: The plot in the latter half of the novel.
  • Sequel Hook: The novel ends with the statement that Dennis and Thomas eventually found and confronted Flagg, but that it is a tale for another day. The Drawing of the Three makes reference to this, but almost three decades after the novel's initial publication the plotline is still dangling.
  • Shout-Out: Flagg's spellbook, which drives you mad if you read it too long, was written by Alhazred, in the land of Leng.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Peter is essentially the golden child, being handsome, intelligent, multitalented and beloved by all, whereas Thomas is a meek boy who feels overshadowed by his older brother, his only talent being archery.
  • Spare To The Throne: Thomas is a textbook case.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Or two sides of people: "God" and "dog".
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Flagg's spell book. It is bound in human skin, and contains spells so terrible that even Flagg won't use them.
  • Unexpected Successor: Thomas
  • Walking the Earth: The fate of Thomas and Dennis.
  • Writing Against Type: From The Guy who brought us a Haunted Hotel, an Evil Car, a Monster Clown and a Shrinking Violet with Psychic Powers, brings us a High Fantasy Novel.

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