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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  78,650 ratings  ·  2,785 reviews
Stephen King's magnum opus is finally over after more than twenty years (thirty since he started writing it). Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger of the line of Eld and his Ka'tet have the end of the quest in sight. They must save one of the last Beams holding reality together, somehow avoid Roland's "son" the were-spider Mordred who is bent on killing and eating his "Wh ...more
Hardcover, 845 pages
Published 2004 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.
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Kemper
*sniff* Oh, you surprised me. Is it time for the review? Just a second. What? Crying? Me? Don’t be ridiculous. I was just ….uh…chopping some onions…..and I’ve got a cold….then somebody broke into my kitchen and pepper sprayed me….I certainly wouldn’t be shedding a few manly tears over a Stephen King novel, would I? Oh, fine. You spend almost twenty years reading this series and tell me you got through the conclusion without a lump in your throat. Liar.

Roland and his posse of gunslingers have to
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Jason
WARNING! THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS, ONCE YOU GET PAST THE PART "THE ENDING:". DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU WANT IT SPOILED FOR YOU! YOU WERE WARNED!

I finished the Dark Tower last night. I hadn't plannet to, I really needed to get to bed, but once I got so close, I had to continue.

Wow ... hard to find the words, really. (This email will likely be longish)

THE SERIES: I think the Dark Tower series is King's crowning achievement as a writer. He has created a world as rich as any other fantasy/Sc
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Thomas
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Dan Schwent
The 2011 re-read
The quest for the Dark Tower comes to a brutal conclusion. Can Roland and his friends stop the Breakers of Algul Siento, safeguard the Beam, protect the Rose, stop Stephen King from being run down and killed, and reach the Dark Tower?

This is the end of my favorite epic of all time. I'm just going to mark the rest of the review as spoilers. Read at your own risk.
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Mark Lawrence
Ka is a wheel, my friend.

So, I loved the Dark Tower series. It's one of the best works of fantasy I've read. If you haven't started it:

a) do so
b) don't read the spoilers here

The Dark Tower series is an incredibly varied set of books, written over the course of more than 30 years - written by a young man starting out on a wholly uncertain writing future - written by an old man looking back on a glittering career - and punctuated by all his experiences, discoveries, epiphanies. King brings all his
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Kathryn
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

I don't think a sentence has intrigued me more in the literary world. The italicized sentence started the long journey of Roland Deschain of Gilead, line of Eld. And, it finishes King's telling of Roland Deschain's, dan-dinh of the ka-tet, journey.

I'm sitting here, thinking, trying to formulate the right words to say what I need to in this review. It's almost 3 a.m., and I have to be quite honest: this journey has worn me out.
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Jake
It's not just the non-ending. Its the way he spends two books essentially stripping the series of everything good about it and replacing it with trite, poorly done, nudge nudge wink wink garbage.

I waited years to find out how this would all end and to get a hastily done, sloppily written, poorly thought out book, capped with a lecture on how endings suck, swiftly followed by a non-ending is in a lot of ways insulting. I understand King didn't have a lot of desire to finish the series and was ti
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
So, the first time I read this book I rated it 3 stars, and that was probably a bit high for it, because I hated the ending. I hated it so much, left such a bad taste in my mouth, that it sort of spoiled my thoughts of the whole series. I wanted to reread it, been meaning to for awhile, since there were details that escaped my memory entirely, but I was afraid to - afraid that I would end up still hating it as much, if not more than before.

(Allow me to specify. (view spoiler)
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Becky
I love this book. This is an amazing and heart-wrenching and appropriate end to this epic series. This book is the culmination of a huge investment, both for author and reader, and it's a draining one. So much is found, and lost, and gained and lost and it makes me heartsore.

As much as I love this book, I always hit a point on re-reads where I just stall. Not because the book is bad (it's most absolutely definitely assuredly not), but because after taking this journey with these characters I lo
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Andy
Aug 31, 2007 Andy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to be let down hard.
Shelves: horror-thriller
Okay, I worked thru all seven of these "Dark Tower" Books because the first one was short and sweet and really caught my interest. And because they were "non-King-like" compared to his other books (which I don't particularly like). While a few of the books in this series are pretty good, they are hardly comparable to the Lord of the Rings, which I'm not a big fan of either. But I can tell really good story-telling from wandering around.
Of the previous six books in this series, they had some tru
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Ana
INITIAL IMPRESION
Damn it, I knew this would happen.

I can't believe this ended. I was 16 when I started this series. Two years later, I managed to own all the seven books plus "The Wind Through The Keyhole", even though four of them are in Romanian and four in English.

Now, with this installment finished... a part of my heart will relocate itself on the shelf on which they are placed. And every time I will pick up the series for another read I will find myself, aged 16 and in love, between its
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Josh
Oct 07, 2007 Josh rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Almost no one. Skip it and imagine your own ending
Shelves: fantasy
Wow, what a major disappointment. The first 4 DT books were great, and some of King’s best works. It's just too bad that King waited so damn long to finish the last 3, and also too bad that he seemed to be in such a rush to do so.

I actually did like #5. It didn't progress Roland's quest to the Tower much, but it was a good story . I quickly went to book 6 and found a fairly boring book, though at least it was shorter. Reluctantly, I picked up book 7. I got halfway through and stopped. Many thin
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Richard
9/10

What a finish to possibly one of my all time favourite series which I've ever read. I can only think of a handful of other books/series which have infiltrated my brain and emotions as much as this one and what a way to finish off. Like King said, it may not be the ending we wanted but it was the ending that was needed.

This book starts with a bit of a lag from the last book but that was to be expected after the cliffhanger finale. Once things got going though there was no stoping this, let's
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Dawn
I finished this last week, but needed time to sort out my feelings. Truth be told, after reading the ending my mind was reeling. It was hard to start another book, because I was so hung up on this one. I know a lot of people took issue with the way it ended... But for me, personally? I loved it.

BIG ENDING SPOILERS! DO NOT READ UNLESS FINISHED! (view spoiler)
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Edward Lorn
On its own, THE DARK TOWER is a train wreck. Much like SONG OF SUSANNAH, it's all over the place, and meta-as-fuck. Because of this, my review of book seven will cover the series as a whole. Say sorry. Say thankee, sai.

I read the first three books (THE GUNSLINGER, THE DRAWING OF THE THREE, and THE WASTE LANDS) when I was thirteen. When WIZARD AND GLASS came out, I read that one, and hated it. I still hate it, even after three reads. In 2003, I reread the first four books in anticipation of the
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Bookwraiths
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

The quest for the Dark Tower is ending!

All the weary miles, endless deaths, heroic stands, and lost loved ones is finally coming to an end for Roland Deschain of Gilead and his ka-tet.

And the weary but dedicated fan can finally savor that ending. An ending that will somehow, someway tie up all the loose plots and cause all their frustration about the years between novels, the endless lore changes, the confusing multiverse, and even Stephen King writ
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Jennifer
Oct 06, 2008 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one; it's not worth it!
Shelves: fiction
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C.W.
We as readers tend to value unique stories - imaginative storytelling, one-of-a-kind characters, some unique plot or place or perspective that is completely specific to that story. Give two authors the same basic idea and they'll do two totally different things with it, resulting in two totally different books. The Dark Tower series is a story that literally could only have ever been written by Stephen King, within the exact timeframe in which he wrote it. This becomes more and more evident as t ...more
Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"
.......?.........?.........! That is what I felt after reading this book, speechless. What an excellent end to an excellent series. This has been a wonderful journey indeed. I will encompass all the books in the series in this review too.... Not once did I feel the story lag in any way, even during Wizard and glass (book 4), the book some find to be dull apparently. The characters where people you grew to like, love and want to genuinely find out what happens to them. The action set pieces where ...more
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
I struggled with whether this deserved four or five stars or not. The ending is bittersweet – after all, isn’t it about the ending since the journey is over? – so why not mention it upfront? The series is one epic, long, torturous journey. Rarely have I read a quest type novel, and this is certainly the longest series I’ve experienced. No matter how complicated King incorporated a blend of genres, (fantasy, science fiction, mystery, even a small amount of romance), it still remains ultimately a ...more
Stephen
6.0 stars. A very satisfying end to one of the best fanasy series ever. As much as the coda may have flown in the face of the typical "happy ending" I loved it and think it was a terrific way to go out.

Winner: British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2005)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2005)
Nominee: Bram Stoker Nominee for Best Novel (2005)
Franco  Santos
Los finales son descorazonadores.
Final es otra forma de decir adiós.


Este es mi libro favorito de King junto con Apocalipsis.

Es la única novela que me hizo lagrimear. En este tomo la historia adquiere un tono lóbrego y triste. King no tiene piedad. Todo lo que no sucedió en los 6 libros anteriores pasó acá. En éste todo se desencadena y concluye; todo adquiere sentido y se explican las mayorías de las incógnitas que se sembraron a lo largo de toda la saga.

Somos ka-tet, uno de muchos. Hemos com
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Dustin

Having journeyed with Roland and his ka-tet once before, the events of The Dark Tower shouldn't have impacted me as they did. I shouldn't have been shocked, at times dismayed, and certainly not saddened.
Logically, I should have recalled virtually everything with utmost clarity. I did not.


To put it simply, this final volume of King's epic Dark Tower series is a feral roller-coaster ride of emotions.
Picking up where Song of Susannah left off, we see Jake, Pere Callhan, and the beloved billy-b
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Janice
ok, holy fuck

this series, as a whole, has a lot of ups and downs. periods of good, fast-paced plotting and unique and exciting character development, surrounded by dull dull stretches of nothing much at all, and plot points that border on racism and homophobia thrown in every now and then for good measure. (japanese tourists with cameras, talking in broken, l-laden english? REALLY?) there is an unevenness brought on by the fact that some books have huge gaps between the time they were written. i
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Amar
Odma napomena da je ovaj review pun spoilera !

King ovdje završava. Kraj kojeg zamalo nije bilo . "Šta bi se ovdje moglo desit" pitao sam se . Hoće li Roland stići do Kule ? Ako hoće , kako i skim ? Ko je taj "sretnik" ? Ja sam oduševljen kako je King završio sagu.

Prvi dio knjige se može objasniti ovako: Akcija , akcija i jos jednom akcija!
King počinje bez ikakvog uvoda , već odma kreće u akciju , tamo gdje je 6. knjiga stala. Nalazimo se u New Yorku , gradu koji je Džejku i Kalahanu dom. Nalazim
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Janie Johnson
My journey through the Dark Tower series has ended. It does sadden me quite a bit, but I hold so much of the journey in memory. I truly feel priviledged to have been a part of this and to have endured what the Ka-tet endured and to share in the good and the bad. To me, this series has the best cast of characters ever. All of them so vivid in my mind, so real. And the story itself was told brilliantly. Not one to ever be forgotten.

While this installment of the series was not my favorite, The Dark
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Sam
Simply epic, the perfect and heartbreaking end to an era. I started this in April of 2013, and it's taken many breaks between books to finally get done, some refreshing, some additional books of SK's to provide some understanding of the DK universe, which is entirely confusing in and of itself. I loved and cried with this book, but I can't tell you why. All I can say was in the last hour I was sobbing. This book will stick with me as an epic; and in fact the whole series will. I am a huge fan.
M Hamed
I'm scarred for life

i was going to write this long review with lots of funny and sophisticated metaphors

i was going to write about every thing i didn't like in this series from Susannah fascination with JFK and the need to say that he is the last gunslinger in every goddamn book to the way that king inserted himself in the story

i was gonna give the book a low rating but tag it as favorite non the less and bask in the glory of the paradox

i was gonna say how i love Susannah character and declare
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Sesana
I actually finished this over a week ago, but I've been sort of sitting on this review, not sure what to say or how to say it. Not even sure what to rate it, really, or I might have done that much. I'm still not entirely sure that I've fully parsed out my feelings towards this book, and towards this series as a whole, and I may not ever. So here goes. There are far better reviews out there. Read Kemper's Read Dan's.

There are certainly faults to be found here. The major villains of the series al
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Rob
Executive Summary: A satisfying ending to what has always been one of my favorite series of books.

Audio book: George Guidall was on par with his previous readings in the series. He's once again great for Roland, and so-so for everyone else. He neither adds to nor detracts from the book in my opinion.

Full Review
And so Roland's (and therefore my own) journey to the Dark Tower has once again reached its conclusion. I for one was very happy when I first reached the end. Both of them. I wonder if a
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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