The main character in this story is Peter, a good prince destined to become king until a scandalous plot shows him guilty of murder. His mother, the queen, was a beautiful, wise queen. She taught him his manners, and the difference between kings and other men. She died in child birth, killed by the midwife who was obliged to do it as she was in debt for the life of her son. The king, Roland, was an ugly figure. He was often sad, and confused, compelling him to drink. It hurt his head when he thought to hard, therefore he made Flagg king in all but name, letting him make all the decisions. Unfortunately, this was exactly what Flagg wanted. Flagg was a magician, and he had wreaked havoc in this country hundreds of years before. This time though, he didn't just want to mess up the country, he wanted to ruin it. His pawn was Peters little brother Thomas, who is as stupid and confused as the king.
As a child, Peter was allowed to attend a feast with his father. His mother, Sasha, coached him in manners, telling him they were very important as he was to be king. After the feast she told him that he performed beautifully except for one thing, he hadn't used his napkin. She gently reprimanded him that after he is crowned a king grows invisibly. Peter remembered this forever. He never went without a napkin again. Sasha also had a beautiful dollhouse that Peter would play with for hours. In this dollhouse everything worked. The stove heated up, the loom wove, and the lights lit up. He got to be very talented on the loom.
Flagg, in the meantime, was spending time with Thomas. He showed him many things, amazing things, frightening things, important things. One of which was a passageway that led to the back of a dragon's head. King Roland had killed this dragon himself, and had it hanging in his sitting room. By going to the back of it through this passage way, you could look upon the king himself. By this method, Thomas watched Flagg poison his father.
Flagg took a poison that would burn you from the inside out and put it in the kings wine, bringing it to him late one night.He then took mouse, killed by the same poison, and a packet of that poison, put it in a box that he had stolen from peter, and hid it in a secret place in Peter's room. When the butler found it Peter was convicted of murdering his father and sentenced to life at the top of the spine, a tower that overlooked the kingdom. He bribed the guards into giving him a napkin with each meal, and his mothers doll house. He also managed to get out a letter to his friends and servants, praying that they were still faithful to him.
Meanwhile, Thomas was crowned King and let Flagg do the same thing that Roland let him do. Thomas the light bringer became Thomas the tax bringer to the kingdom, due to Flagg raising taxes so high no one could afford to eat. Peter's letter got through to those who were still faithful to him, and a rescue mission started to fit together. Peter used threads he ripped out of the napkins and wove them into rope using the loom.
The review of this Book prepared by Alyssa Jayne
In the kingdom of Delain, the old king Roland the Good, finds himself, near the end of his life, without an heir to the throne. He marries a young woman named Sasha, who bears him his first child Peter. There is a magician, who has lived for hundreds of years, always leaving Delain and returning under a new name, to plunge Delain into chaos. This time around he comes as Flagg, the king's advisor. Flagg is content with Roland as king, for although Roland is a good man, he is an idiot. An idiot who can be controlled by a man cunning as Flagg. However when Peter is born, Flagg instantly realizes the threat to his power. Peter is brave, and intellegent, the stuff of legends. Peter would not be controlled as Roland was.
The cunning magician secretly plots to kill Roland, and frame Peter. Then Peter's brother Thomas, five years younger than he, would become King. Thomas was not like his brother, he was dumb and was terrified of Flagg. Flagg could use this to control him. Peter imprisoned in the Needle, a 300 foot tower, meanwhile plots a daring escape, with the help of his friend Ben and without him knowing it, the same man who had convicted him guilty of murder; Judge General Anders Penya.
The review of this Book prepared by Colby Sullivan
"Once in a kingdom called Delain, there was a king with two sons." One son (Peter) was talented and charming, and everybody liked him, and the other (Thomas) was dumpy and fat and everybody (including himself) thought him a fool.
This is the story of this kingdom and the murder of it's king and the confusing events that take place after. For the real murder gets away and the rightful heir is imprisoned in a needle tower in the sky and only one man can right what is wrong by telling everyone what he has seen through the eyes of the dragon.
The review of this Book prepared by Joseph DeMarco
The evil magician Flagg poisons the king and sets up Prince Peter to take the blame. After Peter is imprisoned in a tower for life, Flagg sets Peter's little brother on the throne and manipulates him. Meanwhile, Peter plans a daring escape. An excellent book- one of King's finest.
The review of this Book prepared by sayruh
Set in the far past, King takes us to a land ruled by King Roland where he lives with his two sons, Peter and Thomas, and a magician named Flagg. All is well in the kingdom until tragedy tears the kingdom apart and loyalties are tested to the utmost length possible.
The review of this Book prepared by Meredith Griffin