Fairy Tale - Stephen King

Fairy Tale

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2022-09-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,794 Ratings


A New York Times Bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist!

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for that world or ours.

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was seven, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy—and his dog—must lead the battle.

Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: “What could you write that would make you happy?”

“As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city—deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn’t know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released the story I wanted to tell.”



    By DMluvsyou
    Wow, he just gets better and better as he goes along. “Fairy Tale” is an absolute DREAM of a book with fantasy, humor, horror and heart. He’s not called the KING for nothing!! Read it!!! 🤩🤩🤩
  • Interesting at first

    By Nessiethefoodie
    Like most King’s novels it’s managed by many plots and subplots along with regular references to other stories he’s done. I’m not a huge fan but this one held my attention then around half into it I lost interest and had a less than enthusiastic feeling bout pushing myself to finish it . It ended ok if you’re a fan this is a good read ; not for the fair of heart , it is 1000plus pages.
  • The Ultimate Fairytale

    By JodieRai
    King tells the story as if it truly happened!
  • Just Amazing

    By Emma Dolly
    I could not get enough, so well written with fantastic characters.
  • Great fantasy!

    By Wild Bohr
    One of the best fantasy books I’ve all year! Well written and draws you in!
  • A fun departure from King’s usual horror stories

    By DarthWarmonger44
    Fairy Tale is a lot of fun. I enjoy when King delves into fantasy. This book reminds me a lot of the Talisman at times as the main character travels across a fantasy land in an attempt to rescue a loved one. (In this case Radar.) The middle of the book can be a bit slow, but the beginning and the ending are absolutely incredible.
  • Must love dogs

    By Traveller 1154
    Should emphasize that the dog is the main character and drives the whole story. As I am not a dog lover, Radar, and her plot didn’t resonate with me at all. I loved the fantastical elements of the story, but again since the core is of and about a dog I wish I didn’t buy it.
  • Doesn’t stack up

    By Chimi8
    It leads you on and buries you with flashes of fairytales, books, and TCM movie references. First half of the story is captivating; it then becomes disjointed and makes you want to turn around and go back up the way you came.
  • GREAT read

    By D.S.B<3
    It starts off slow, but each chapter gives you just enough anticipation to keep searching for more. I couldn’t put it down. Now that I’m done, I find myself wishing there were more of the story.

    By jillhardy2
    Stephen King’s imagination just amazes me every time I read one of his stories. I’m there in the story, I can see what the characters see and feel what they feel. His writing is simply incredible!