Review: The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower #7) by Stephen King

The seventh and final installment of Stephen King's The Dark Tower saga is perhaps the most anticipated book in the author's long career. King began this epic tale about the last gunslinger in the world more than 20 years ago; now he draws its suspenseful story to a close, snapping together the last pieces of his action puzzle and drawing Roland Deschain ever closer to his ultimate goal.

The seventh and final installment of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower saga is perhaps the most anticipated book in the author’s long career. King began this epic tale about the last gunslinger in the world more than 20 years ago; now he draws its suspenseful story to a close, snapping together the last pieces of his action puzzle and drawing Roland Deschain ever closer to his ultimate goal.

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Review: 5 of 5 Stars

It’s the end of an era, the end of a long-fought battle to reach the Dark Tower. A long journey of loss and pain, joy and tragedy, love and hate.

I can’t believe it’s over. Or maybe it’s not.

The ending left me in shock and disbelief. I still can’t quite grasp that Roland’s quest ended like that. My heart broke for him, for he always was my favorite, he and Jake and Oy. It’s so not fair.
At the same time, a little voice inside me says it couldn’t have ended any other way. That it was Roland’s fate, his curse, his damnation.

I did love Susannah’s ending. Stephen King did an awesome job there. He also did a great job in projecting an uncertainty and tension of whether Roland would make it to the Dark Tower, if he would really be the one to reach it. It wasn’t until almost the end chapters that you knew for sure who would make it to the Dark Tower.

The Red King was kind of funny in his insanity and made me laugh. Patrick was a delightful addition to the group. And Oy, ah sweet, brave Oy.
I found the last Dark Tower book tragic but very powerful. The ending, the knowledge of Roland’s fate broke my heart.

Review – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

Roland, the Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares- as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted mirror of our very own. With him are those he has drawn to this world, street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheelchair-bound Susannah. Ahead of him are mind-rending revelations about who he is and what is driving him.

Roland, the Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares- as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted mirror of our very own. With him are those he has drawn to this world, street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheelchair-bound Susannah. Ahead of him are mind-rending revelations about who he is and what is driving him.


Genre: Horror, Thriller

Review: 5 of 5 Stars

The Dark Tower looms ever closer and yet even further. The world has moved on and things that should be illogical and impossible, are just the opposite.

I loved this third volume especially because I got to see Jake again. He and Roland have always been my favorites. Eddie and Susannah are awesome, too. It’s endearing to see how their characters are changing, becoming stronger. Oh, yes – Jake, Eddie and Susannah are as much gunslingers as Roland is.

I enjoyed the deeper glimpses in each of their characters, how I got to know them better, how their minds work, what they feel, how each of them relate to Roland. And of course, can’t forget the loyal Oy. Oh, I want a billy-bumbler, too!!

The volumes that follow just keep sinking their hooks deeper in me. I’m so deeply entrenched in The Dark Tower that it has become my quest, too, my obsession as much as Roland’s and I badly need to reach it, till the very end.

Review – The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King

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The Second Volume in the Epic Dark Tower Series… The Drawing of the Three While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland is drawn through a mysterious door that brings him into contemporary America. Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. Once again, Stephen King has masterfully interwoven dark, evocative fantasy and icy realism.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Review: 5 of 5 Stars

The first book – The Gunslinger – was just a sort of preview of what’s to come – if a book as long as each volume is could be called a preview, lol. The second book details how Roland draws the two necessary elements for his quest into his world.

The lobstrosities always did freak me out a bit. The first time I read this book I was younger and when I’d go to the beach I’d check if there weren’t any lobstrosities coming out to get me. To think those things came out of someone’s imagination. In a world where things on paper’d come alive, those things would definitely top my creep-me-out list.

But I digress. I enjoyed this second volume very much, even more than the first and I got hooked deeper in Roland’s quest. His two companions are total unexpected surprises but as Roland says, each one’s a gunslinger in his/her own right.

And of course, Mr. King’s strategies and action-packed scenes are so totally cool! I loved everything about this second volume, especially the very satisfying climax.

In the first book, Roland’s choice disappointed me but this time he was my hero once again, with how he set things right.

Highly recommended.