Book Review: The Dark Tower by Stephen King

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Posted August 13, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 5 Comments

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

by Stephen King

Series: The Dark Tower #7
Publisher: Simon & Schuster on September 16, 2004
Genre: Fantasy, Western
Target Age Group: Adult
Rating: ★★★★

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Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room—really a chamber of horrors—in Thunderclap's Fedic; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and Sixty-first with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters.

Thus the book opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. You've come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.


I reviewed this book in depth last March, so I am going to keep this brief and to-the-point. 🙂

The Dark Tower is one of my least favorite books of the series, mostly because of the events that unroll within it.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely well-written, and the last 45 minutes of the audiobook are my favorite in the series.  It’s just that I’ve spent a lot of time invested in these books, and I don’t like seeing the characters I fell in love with, die.

I mean, fundamentally, that stinks in any book, but after about the 50% mark, I get a whole lot less invested in the story, because it loses that je ne sais quoi for a while.  I just get bored?

The twist at the end, though, is one of my favorites any book.  It’s funny, because I can wade through all the hundreds of pages while Eddie is dragging a nearly dead Roland along the shore of the South Sea, but Dandelo bores me.  If it wasn’t for the “Oh no!” just a short breath before the end, that thing that shatters your mind a little so you’re grounded just as the story ends, I wouldn’t be able to revisit this series.  But, because of it, I’ve discovered so many lost details and have been pulled in time and again.

The Dark Tower is really a commitment.  It’s thousands of pages.  It contains the signature Stephen King long windedness.  But the twist is excellent and you meet a lot of really solid characters along the way.  If you are patient, you will be rewarded.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★
Pacing: ★★★
Narrator: ★★★ 1/2
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★

4 Star Rating


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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5 responses to “The Dark Tower by Stephen King

  1. I enjoyed the first book In the series… Although, GOOD GOD, STEPHEN!! SO MUCH DESCRIPTION, YET AGAIN!! Was this the one, or is it the second book where the crab things on the beach attack the guy? Because if I had to read ONE MORE PARAGRAPH about that!! I swear it was an entire chapter about his finger and his toe! “but hhis finger and his toe hurt, and he couldn’t shoot his gun because of his finger, and his show was filled with blood becauee of his toe…. Etc etc….” AHHHHH!! STOP! Ha ha!! But, as usual, behind all of the blathering was a great story. ?

    • Amber

      There was SO MUCH blathering! Yeah, it was book 2 where the lobstrosities got him. I can only really get through King’s stuff if I really like a character – luckily for me I love Eddie and Jake because you do have to dig through ALL THE WORDS to get to the story. It can be rough and definitely requires patience!!!