Ok, so I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago. I’ve just been SUPER busy. Most of you know that I am obsessed with Stephen King books, and the Dark Tower Series is very QUICKLY crawling to the TOP of my favorite series list. I flew through The Gunslinger, which is the first book in the series, and I loved it. This book was even better, and I didn’t think that possible. With this series, Stephen King pulls away from the typical horror genre that he’s known for, though he has written outside of the genre often (The Green Mile, Delores Clairborne, Eyes of the Dragon, 11/22/63, etc.), and shows his readers a ski-fi/fantasy side that is captivating. The characters are so well developed that you feel like you know them, or at least want to, and the story line is definitely one that draws you in and makes you want to know more. I also have to add that I had the illustrated copy of this, and the illustrations are amazing!
I have to say that I absolutely LOVE Roland as the main character of this series. He’s harsh, but for good reasons, he’s righteous, and cruel, but he’s also kind and caring. He’s everything you do and don’t want in a mentor, and I think that’s what makes him perfect! His quest to find the Dark Tower is one that keeps the audience engaged, and the continuance of the quest doesn’t disappoint in book 2. Though the series is not within the horror realm, I do want to include that the creatures known as “lobstrosities” are definitely nightmare fuel! Those things definitely gave me the creeps any and every time they are mentioned in the book. I couldn’t imagine running into one of those and their questions. I read this book literally every chance I got, usually with a cup of coffee close by in the late afternoon! =)
So in Book 2, Roland is alone on a beach continuing his quest, when he comes across a door. The door propels him into the mind of another person in another time/dimension, and Roland soon becomes aware that he will need the people he comes across to complete his quest to the Dark Tower. I don’t want to say too much more, because I HATE when things are ruined for me and would not want to ruin the book for those that have not read it. All I can say is that if you haven’t read it, give the series a chance. I couldn’t put this book down because it was just that good! Try it out, I promise that it won’t disappoint! =)
If you’ve already read this book, or series even, I’d love to know what you think/thought. Though I’m only going into book 3, it’s easily in my top 5 series, and pretty high on my Stephen King list.