Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Dark Tower Series

By: Stephen King

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Read if:
1) You wish to visit other worlds and or times.
2) You wish to return to your own world and or time and have been trapped in another.
3) You enjoy a lengthy epic story in an alternate dimension.



     In my opinion, this series is Stephen King's greatest creation EVAR. He spent over 30 years creating this fascinating world, an in-depth history, and characters that are impossible not to become emotionally invested in.

     There are seven books in the series. They are as follows:

  1. The Gunslinger
  2. The Drawing of the Three
  3. The Wastelands
  4. Wizard and Glass
  5. Song of Susannah
  6. Wolves of the Calla
  7. The Dark Tower
     I have read them all and yes, they are all quite lengthy but it is well worth it. Besides, once you start, it is difficult to stop.


The story follows our main character, Roland Deschain. He lives in a time far past our own. No, No, discard all thoughts about futuristic technology and flying cars. I veered away from using the word "future" for a reason. Instead, in Roland's time there are only small remnants of our society left. We are the ones Roland's people call "the ancients." We are the ones responsible for our own destruction and leaving a world in which even ice is a luxury.

     Roland is a descendant of the royal line of Eld and inherited the right to become a gunslinger. (Even guns are rare to find in Roland's world and so, the gunslingers act as peacekeepers and as you can imagine are feared and respected.) When Farson (The man who has created an army in an attempt to take control over Midworld) destroys Roland's homeland he leaves him as the last gunslinger.

     When he loses everything that he cares about, his home, his parents, his friends, his first love, he begins his journey to The Dark Tower. The keeper of time. The keeper of the worlds. The tower is failing, worlds are colliding, and it is up to Roland to restore the balance.

     This is where the first book, The Gunslinger, begins. Roland's history is explained in the later books particularly in Wizard and Glass. Roland eventually meets others along his journey who are gunslingers in heart. They are drawn to follow him in his dangerous quest to find The Dark Tower.

     This is one of those stories, no, stories sounds too mundane. This is one of those epic tales that draws the reader in, seduces them, keeps them up all night, night after night, and then leaves them longing for more. Of course I can only speak for myself so I will do just that. I became intensely emotionally invested in these books. I cared for the characters, I felt as if I knew them, and as if I were there accompanying them along their journey.

 ***Roland's journey has also been adapted into an amazing graphic novel. Which I will bring to you in the near future. There has also been talk of a movie trilogy and a T.V. show. You can read more about that here.

Also, check out the official Dark Tower website here:

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