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"The Gunslinger": Book I of "The Dark Tower Series".
by Stephen King

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
315 pages; ISBN: 0451160525

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Judith Woolcock Colombo


“The Gunslinger” is the first in Stephen King’s masterpiece The Dark Tower Series. I enjoy some of Stephen Kings other works; however, this series is certainly King at his best. This brilliant chronicle is an endeavor that has been ongoing for over twenty years. These stories are beautifully told fantasies that blend the magic, mystery and medieval chivalry of the world of Gilead with the technological mastery of our world. The result is high art.

In “The Gunslinger”, we are introduced to Roland of Gilead who is in an endless struggle with The Man in Black. The Man In Black is not only Roland’s mortal enemy, but he is also a mighty wizard. Roland, as all true knights, is on a quest. He seeks the mysterious Dark Tower. We have no clear idea, especially in this first book, what this tower is. All we know is that it is responsible for Roland’s world having moved on. We will discover in the other books in the series that if our hero and the companions he gathers around him are not successful in finding the tower then all the worlds will move on.

In “The Gunslinger” Roland encounters his first companion, a boy named Jake. The Man In Black pulls Jake at the moment of his death in our world into Roland’s world. Jake becomes Roland’s first companion on his quest to find The Dark Tower, and Roland becomes Jake’s substitute father.

Will Roland sacrifice Jake to his quest? Will he lose him only to find him again? How will this first in the series end? I will leave you to find out. This book as well as the others in the series is well worth reading.

Hopefully, there will be many more in the series because Roland has not yet found The Dark Tower nor has he defeated The Man In Black. These are the goals he must accomplish before the series end, or all our worlds will perish.

I loved this book and highly recommend it and the others in the series.



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