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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.
it was a long series and I read them one after the other. Quite a marathon!
Had to know the outcome and it was worth the read. Read more
I say thankee sai for the well told tale that ended at the beginning and satisfied in doing so - I regret leaving itPublished 4 days ago by Barry A. Brown
I loved it and I cried when I finished it. I'll miss Roland and his pals. Haven't read the books yet? What are you waiting for? King at his best.Published 6 days ago by mariela
this is a review on book 1 in the series. odd story, but keeps me turning the pages. hope this helps.Published 7 days ago by Tugnail
the conclusion to the dark tower series featuring the character of roland... Stephen kings classic western series as the way I see themPublished 7 days ago by thomas c dobeck
I have loved this series across may years. The ending was a crash and burn. He turned the Dark Tower into a Cuckoo Clock that Roland pops out of at regular intervals. Read morePublished 11 days ago by JShipley
The ending is perfect. I am sad that the tale is over. As with any great book I feel a loss when I have finished reading it. ::sigh::Published 12 days ago by allan rosenthal