For readers coming to the epic bestselling THE DARK TOWER series for the first time - and for its legion of dedicated fans - a fabulous new book about Roland's first quest and a perfect introduction to the series.
It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka-tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.
This Russian Doll of a novel, visits Mid-World's last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. Roland tells a tale from his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt ridden year following his mother's death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a 'skin man,' Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, 'The Wind through the Keyhole.' 'A person's never too old for stories,' he says to Bill. 'Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.' And stories like these, they live for us.
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With the film release coming up, this novel has been promoted as being the one for 'newbies' to read to be able to watch and enjoy the film without reading all the other books in the series. It's not. It gives a glimpse into the world of gunslingers but there isn't enough about characters other than Roland, and the middle story has nothing to do with Roland at all. That said, I did enjoy it, I will no doubt read it again. However, I would be more likely to give a friend "The Gunslinger" to get a quick rundown of what to expect in the Dark Tower movie. Or I'll just watch it alone!
Superbly energetic, it's King at his best. * Mail on Sunday on WIZARD AND GLASS * Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plot * Daily Express on WOLVES OF THE CALLA * King is one of the great popular artists of our time. * Independent * A frantic-paced puzzle-box adventure that encompasses gunslinger Roland Deschain's early years, werewolves and powerful storytelling. * Shortlist * Like John Steinbeck, he's an unfussy writer whose voice is rooted equally in the rhythms of everyday speech and the mythic made manifest in everyday life. Indeed, reading King, you often sense the presence of the dustbowl America of The Grapes of Wrath . . . a King novel has a sparse elegance that most novelists never achieve in a whole career. Put it down to the insistent, economical and wholly distinctive authorial voice. * SFX Magazine * Perfectly balanced: another excellent example of King's sheer skill as a storyteller. * Daily Express * [A] phantasmagorical folk tale . . . King's ability to entertain and unsettle cannot be denied. The skill with which he delivers a shock or sense of gothic terror is simply unmatched * Independent on Sunday *
Series: The Dark Tower
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 28th February 2013
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1