The Kingdom of Delain is at stake when King Roland is murdered and his son and rightful heir, Peter, is framed for the crime. Plotting against him is the evil Flagg and his pawn, young Prince Thomas. Yet with every plan there are holes - like Thomas's terrible secret. And the determined Prince Peter, who is planning a daring escape from his imprisonment.
Stephen King has taken the classic fairy tale and transformed it into a masterpiece of fiction for the ages.
©1987 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audio
"Memorable, suspenseful, brimming with action." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"King has done a masterful job - beautifully told and beautifully illustrated." (The Cincinnati Post)
"Compelling - his most powerful storytelling." (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
I'm currently reading through the dark tower series, including some of the books that tie into it. Before this I had just read:
The drawing of the three
I've liked each book so far, but this one was very different from the others. The book is told as a bit of a fairy tale, with the narrator stopping to comment on the story, teasing what will happen next and asking you to stop and think about how you would feel if you found yourself in the story.
I very much enjoyed the narration, and while the story was simple, it was a short and pleasant change of pace.
While the book does tie in strongly with a character found in other king books, you don't need to have read anything else before this one.
If you're like me and still early on your journey through all things dark tower, I think you'll look back on this one as a nice little side vacation.
If you haven't read Stephen King and you've been meaning to start, this would be an excellent book for you. It's also appropriate for younger readers. Featuring a villain familiar to anyone who's seen or read The Stand, or The Dark Tower series, this story stands alone and is a favorite of many of King's constant readers. Fans of Ronnie James Dio, and Game of Thrones should enjoy this.
I don't believe I've ever before heard a narrator so good that I could, as they say, listen to him read the phone book. That it's Bronson Pinchot, who I've known for his many well-remembered silly-voiced characters is amazing. I'm going to go and look for more that he's done.
I have never read a Stephen King book because of the scare factor, but this is great. It would be okay for kids, too. I'm ready for another novel by King. Branson Pinchot did a great job narrating, also.
The reader simply makes a good book even better!! Great job to him. The book is great if you want a short break from reality with a classic fairy tale like feel.
The story is great. Not your typical Stephen King novel, more of a "child like" book. I've read it probably 5 times since my childhood and have always enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the speaker is terrible. Half the time it sounds like a computer is speaking. You can hardly hear the poor imitation of Flagg when he speaks.
One of favorite stories of all of King's tales.
The narrator is wooden, inconsistent, and, as noted, uninspired. Flagg is poorly presented with such a low, slow voice there are times it is inaudible.
Still a great tale, I just wish the teller was better able to deliver it.
Sometimes you can judge a book by it's cover...
Easily Flagg… predominately because the narrator was amazing with his voice and cadence.
I love this book… It is a total grownups fairytale. – That does not mean everyone lives happily ever after, but all the parts are there –.
The characters are really developed and the story is super different. It's a great adventure, Full of creepy times/ people, endearing moments, heroes, villains, and a little bit of chills here and there.
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