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The Dark Tower December 16, 2004

Posted by batduck in Books, Reviews.

posted Thu, 12/16/04

The Dark Tower

Stephen King

Date: 11/04   —   35.00   —   Book

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The Dark Tower series has been Stephen King’s Magnum Opus.  Many (all, according to the Dark Tower series) of his books have ties back to characters and events that relate to the Dark Tower.  The Stand, Salem’s Lot, The Talisman, IT, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, Rose Madder, Desperation, The Regulators, Bag of Bones, Black House, From a Buick 8, Skeleton Crew, Hearts in Atlantis, Everything’s Eventual and more have some type of reference or connection to the Dark Tower series. 

The story:  Roland Deschain of Gilead is the last of an ancient order of Gunslingers.  The first line of book I is “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”  Roland was in pursuit of the man in black because he held the key to find the fabled “Dark Tower” which  has been Roland’s obsession since he was a child.  He must find the Dark Tower because it is in danger of being destroyed by the Crimson King.  The Tower itself is a focus point of all of existence.  It is suspended upon 6 Beams which criss cross at the Tower.

Along his journey he encounters friends (his kat-tet) to help him on his quest and many foes that want to stop him from reaching his destination, but ka (fate) has always been on his side.  Now, in book VII, Roland and his ka-tet have reached a land where they are beyond Ka and it is not certain which of them if any will survive the journey to the Dark Tower.

This being the last book in the series, I find myself missing the characters already.  They’ve grown into more than just players in a story.  They  had a life of their own and were very real to me…at least in my mind.  The final part of this long tale is just as good as the rest, which is to say outstanding.  The ending was as unnerving as it was thrilling.  I found myself at the point of tears several times throughout this book, which is impressive for me.

The only complaint I have cannot be completely expressed without giving away a vital part of the story (the ending) but suffice it to say that I wasn’t completely satisfied with it.  It wasn’t “bad” per-se, but I just don’t think that some of the characters deserved what they got after going through so much hardship and suffering to get to that point.

I still give it 5 stars.  I highly recommend the book, but you MUST read books 1 through 6 before trying to tackle 7.  You won’t be disappointed.



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