Reader Question – The book about the prisoner in a tower that steals one thread from a napkin each day to make a rope…

by Maryse on December 21, 2017 · 2 comments

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Oh my sister is looking for a book title too. Perfect timing since she’s coming to see my for the holidays, and maybe we’ll have the answer for her and we can buddy read it.

This is for all of your Stephen King fans (which I am) however I do not know this one, and now I know why. It’s under a pen name!!! :)

She asks:

It is a book about a kingdom that Stephen King wrote but under another name.

Someone is prisoner in a tower and asks for his tiny play house because he knows that it has a tiny (sewing machine or spinning wheel???) That he uses to make a rope by stealing ONE thread of linen from the napkin they supply with each meal.

Rings a bell?

Sounds awesome and creepy, and I wanna know it!!!!!! How I love the eerie stories. ;)

Anyone?

Sabrina: Ahhhhh! I read that one too and can’t remember the title!!

Lisa: I think this may be: The Eyes of the Dragon (formerly titled Napkins), but it shows as being by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon is a fantasy novel by American writer Stephen King, first published as a limited edition slipcased hardcover by Philtrum Press in 1984, illustrated by Kenneth R. Linkhauser. The novel would later be published for the mass market by Viking in 1987, with illustrations by David Palladini. This trade edition was slightly revised for publication. The 1995 French edition did not reproduce the American illustrations; it included brand new illustrations by Christian Heinrich.[1]

At the time of publication, it was a deviation from the norm for King, who was best known for his horror fiction. This book is a work of epic fantasy in a quasi-medieval setting, with a clearly established battle between good and evil, and magic playing a lead role. The Eyes of the Dragon was originally titled Napkins.[2]

Carrie: The comment on the blog got it right! It’s the dragon one by Mr King. It’s one of my favorites!

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Lisa Aiello December 21, 2017 at 12:48 PM

I think this may be: Eyes of the Dragon (formerly titled Napkins), but it shows as being by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon is a fantasy novel by American writer Stephen King, first published as a limited edition slipcased hardcover by Philtrum Press in 1984, illustrated by Kenneth R. Linkhauser. The novel would later be published for the mass market by Viking in 1987, with illustrations by David Palladini. This trade edition was slightly revised for publication. The 1995 French edition did not reproduce the American illustrations; it included brand new illustrations by Christian Heinrich.[1]

At the time of publication, it was a deviation from the norm for King, who was best known for his horror fiction. This book is a work of epic fantasy in a quasi-medieval setting, with a clearly established battle between good and evil, and magic playing a lead role. The Eyes of the Dragon was originally titled Napkins.[2]

Sabrina December 21, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Ahhhhh! I read that one too and can’t remember the title!!

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