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After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, King's Constant Readers finally have the conclusion they've been both eagerly awaiting and silently dreading. The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal. The body count in The Dark Tower is high. The gunslingers come out shooting and face a host of enemies, including low men, mutants, vampires, Roland's hideous quasi-offspring Mordred, and the fearsome Crimson King himself. King pushes the gross-out factor at times--Roland's lesson on tanning (no, not sun tanning) is brutal--but the magic of the series remains strong and readers will feel the pull of the Tower as strongly as ever as the story draws to a close. During this sentimental journey, King ties up loose ends left hanging from the 15 non-series novels and stories that are deeply entwined in the fabric of Mid-World through characters like Randall Flagg (The Stand and others) or Father Callahan ('Salem's Lot). When it finally arrives, the long awaited conclusion will leave King's myriad fans satisfied but wishing there were still more to come.
In King's memoir On Writing, he tells of an old woman who wrote him after reading the early books in the Dark Tower series. She was dying, she said, and didn't expect to see the end of Roland's quest. Could King tell her? Does he reach the Tower? Does he save it? Sadly, King said he did not know himself, that the story was creating itself as it went along. Wherever that woman is now (the clearing at the end of the path, perhaps?), let's hope she has a copy of The Dark Tower. Surely she would agree it's been worth the wait. --Benjamin Reese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I agree with some readers that SK was in this book WAY too much!
This is one of the things I like most about King; like real life everything is up for grabs, the good guys don't always win and sometimes our favorite characters die.
First, most of the characters have their bit of the story end in an unsatisfactory manner.
A great ending to a great series. I am very sad that I have to finally leave Roland's where and when.Published 7 days ago by xyz23
What is there to say about the Dark Tower? It is everything. It is all things. All things serve the Beam.Published 7 days ago by Lilum Honkonen
If you have read all of the gunslinger series you have to read this.Published 9 days ago by IMHammer
It would be 5 stars except for 1 thing.............. can't sayPublished 9 days ago by John M. Sandy
I thought the ending was appropriate for the long series. Not disappointing at all.Published 11 days ago by Linda Ray
I purchased this book for my brother. He really likes Stephen King.Published 11 days ago by Barbara Jordan
The series peaked with book four. Books 1-4 of The Dark Tower are the best of the series. Books 5-7 had intriguing parts, but felt like Stephen King lost the "Song of the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Azul Simmons