“Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King’s epic work of fantasy — what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus — has spanned a quarter of a century.
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King’s most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.
In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.”
Though this book was kind of a disappointment, Stephen King still blew me away.
King has quickly become one of my favorite authors in this past year. All of the books I have read by him have been ones that I have enjoyed on some level.
This one was another one of those, though it did have its problems.
Starting off with the characters, I really liked Roland. I liked how we, the readers, had this auroa of mystery surrounding him through most of the book. We didn’t have much of his backstory or what exactly he is supposed to do as a gunslinger. His interactions with the other characters involved in the story were interesting. I do wish we had a little more character development in him in this book but other than that, a good main character, just not great.
Then going into the plot, this is where the book fell a little short for me. I was honestly bored throughout most of it. It felt rushed and there was very little world-building. I wanted to know how the world ended up the way it did. What were the gunslingers supposed to do? Why is Roland the last of the gunslingers? I have so many questions. The ending though took my breath away. King really knows how to write a good ending. The last 100 pages or so took me only 1 sitting to read. I LOVED THE ENDING. Though I was left with many questions, I can’t wait to find out the answers to them in the next book.
Overall, this book was decent. Not one of King’s stronger works of fiction. I did like how he was able to mix both the genres of fantasy and science fiction/dystopian into one work however. It worked well in this books favor. I’m very intrigued to continue on with the series.