The Eyes of the Dragon, written by Stephen King, was published in 1984.
Myself never being a fan of Stephen King’s books (not because of his writing, but because of his preferred genre), I loved this book by him. I do not much like suspense or horror stories, and being able to enjoy Stephen King’s skill in a fantasy setting was wonderful!
This is definitely a good vs. evil kind of story, with very clear lines between who is good, who is evil, and who is pitiable. I feel like one of the most difficult things for an author to do is make you, the reader, feel what they want you to feel. King definitely makes it clear how he wants you to feel about each of the characters in this story, and I think makes you feel it strongly.
The antagonist is great, and easily hate-able. The protagonist is strong, smart, and patient, everything that you would want your protagonist to be. The story is complex, and King makes sure you see every angle of that complexity. However, as complex as it is, it still feels young, making it a refreshing change from the material he would normally write. I highly recommend this book, so if you haven’t read it, please pick it up and let me know what you think of it.