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Welcome back to Mid-World with new story from the master of horror himself, Stephen King
on November 5, 2013
Welcome back to Mid-World with new story from the master of horror himself, Stephen King. Journeying on their way to the Outer Baronies, Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are waiting out a storm. As they rest, Roland tells a tale of his hunt for a "skin-man" on a quest after the death of his mother Gabrielle. As he takes the lone survivor of the skin-man's streak of terror, Roland tries to ease the young boy's mind with a story once told to him by his mother, long ago in his own childhood. Welcome to the adventure...
Oh Stephen King, what happened? You are a brilliant writer who can bring chills to my spine with your words. The Dark Tower is one of my absolute favorite series ever (Second only to the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery. Yes, I know... a strange combination - Roland Deschain and Anne Shirley) I had such high hopes for the new Dark Tower book and I was literally jumping up and down in excitement when I first heard there would be another book in Roland's story. But... I was so disappointed.
I absolutely hate to say this about any book in the Dark Tower series, but Wind Through the Keyhole just didn't satisfy me. I think maybe I'd have liked better if I read it myself, rather than listening to the audio book. It was just too hard to follow in audio with the story within a story within a story.
There was almost ZERO mention of Roland and his ka-tet, with them pretty much just book-ending the rest of the novel. This is a flash back story, where we find Roland telling his ka-tet about one of his adventures in his early days as a gunslinger. If you ask me, it would have been better suited to not be called part of the series, even though young Roland is in it a bit, as is a gunslinger that predates him.
Wind Through the Keyhole strikes me more as a combination of the Talisman books written with Peter Straub and Eye of the Dragon. As a Dark Tower book, it fails miserably. Were it NOT a Dark Tower book I think I'd have liked it a lot more. I wanted to hear more about Roland and company, especially since this book was supposed to explain what happened to the ka-tet in the time between the Wizard and the Glass and Wolves of the Calla adventures.
It pains me greatly to rate this book at only a 3, but I just can't in good conscience rate this one up there with the rest of the series. I still love your writing Stephen King, and I will never stop buying your books as long as you keep writing, but Wind Through the Keyhole just left me cold.
(c) Kelley A. Hartsell, June 2012. All rights reserved.