Eyes Of The Dragon
The theme of the book, The Eyes of the Dragon, by Stephen King, is to stick to
one's beliefs no matter what happens and always do what one knows is right.

Don't give up on oneself; anything is possible. King Roland was the noble king
of Delain. He was known as Roland the Good. He was, by far, not a bad king,
though he was really not a great king. He meant no harm and was successful, but
whenever he meant to do great things, he seemed to be unsuccessful. Roland, king
of Delain, had two sons and had done his best to raise them without a wife.

Peter, the oldest, was much like his father. He was successful at avoiding harm
of the kingdom. In addition, he seemed to be more successful at the great things
he attempted. Even as a little boy, Peter was loved by the kingdom, and many
were looking forward to his reign as king. When Peter was merely a boy, he stood
up against grown men for what he believed in. This was why the kingdom loved and
appreciated him. In one instance, Peter was passing through the stableyard when
he saw a lame horse about to be killed. Peter commanded Yosef, the palace
fixture, to stop. After arguing, Peter managed to convince Yosef to give Peter
one hour to find a veterinarian. Peter was to prove to Yosef that this horse
would not die if taken care of. Just short of an hour later, Peter and the
veterinarian returned. The veterinarian listened closely and agreed with Peter.

The horse would never be a working horse again, but it would certainly make a
great pet for Peter. This was only the beginning of Peter's wisdom and only a
hint of the respect he would soon earn. Thomas was a little different. He was
very quiet, so no one was really sure of him. He did mysterious things. The
citizens of Delain were glad Thomas was the younger son, for no one wanted

Thomas as king. Anyone who attempted to, could befriend Thomas and earn his
complete reliance. This great weakness caused the downfall of Delain. Roland had
become dependent on his magician, Flagg. Roland was a good man, but he wasn't
clever. It was not known, but Flagg had come and gone many times through out the
years. He had come and gone with one uncompleted goal. It was fortunate for

Delain that Flagg tended to be unsuccessful with his plans. Roland the Good was
getting old, and it was widely known that he would soon be leaving the crown to

Peter. Disappointing news as it was, many strongly believed Peter was going to
do great things throughout his reign. Peter soon grew up, and though he knew
what was coming to him upon his father's death, Peter still wished his father
many years to come. It had become tradition for Peter to take two glasses of
wince to his father's room before retiring. Each man, glass in hand, sat
together simply enjoying the company. This, among other things, made Thomas
unhappy and extremely jealous. Thomas believed that he had no family to love. He
had taken the blame for his mother's death and believed his father and brother
had also placed the blame on him. It was probably because of this that Thomas
had no friends, no confidence, and barely a will to live. Flagg, the brilliant
magician that he was, used Thomas' weakness to his advantage. Flagg had
attempted many times to destroy Delain. He waited year after year and finally
his chance arose. He hadn't completely worked out the details, but he knew
things would work out for him. Thomas and Flagg became quite close. Flagg knew
he would finally complete his life's work, and Thomas would put his entire soul
into getting what he had always wanted, a friend. Thomas confided his every
though with Flagg, and Flagg showed great sincerity. Flagg knew all the secrets
of the castle because of his coming and going throughout the centuries. Through
the eyes of Niner, a dragon Roland had killed, there were peeping holes. Through
a back hallway, one could find the hidden passage way that led to the peep
holes. Flagg told Thomas of this, and it had meant a lot to Thomas. This was to
become Flagg's big mistake. One day, an ingenious plan came to Flagg. The
magician used a special poison he had saved for centuries just for the occasion.

This poison was no ordinary