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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.
I read all the other 6 in 2months and the last one in 1.5...didn't want to let it go but the world had to move on. I read till the very end, including Coda, still great!Published 1 day ago by Dorin
I am the ultimate Stephen King fan and as with all of his books I suggest this one as well. Classic King at work.Published 6 days ago by Sally A. Ferguson
Perfect ending to an amazing saga. Last line of the epilogue was amazing!Published 9 days ago by Eric
The whole Dark Tower series represents the very best Stephen King has to offer.Published 9 days ago by Matthew Edward Bechard
Good tale. I listened to Dark Tower VI and just had to know how the story ended. It ended just right in VII.Published 14 days ago by Donna M
Well I did it to myself I started the Dark Tower series again (third time for the first two books). I absolutely loved The Gunslinger... Read morePublished 16 days ago by VMAXBOY