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The seventh and final installment of Stephen King's The Dark Tower saga is perhaps the most anticipated book in the author's long career. King began this epic tale about the last gunslinger in the world more than 20 years ago; now he draws its suspenseful story to a close, snapping together the last pieces of his action puzzle and drawing Roland Deschain ever closer to his...more
Paperback, 1050 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published September 21st 2003)
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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...more
Jason
Jan 31, 2008 Jason added it
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...more
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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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
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)...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Josh
Oct 07, 2007 Josh rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Wendell Adams
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...more
Jennifer
Oct 06, 2008 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one; it's not worth it!
Shelves: fiction
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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...more
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)...more
Erin ♥ (Paperback Stash)
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)
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...more
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...more
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...more
Lisa
Ok, folks, so this isthe seventh and final book of Stephen King's Dark Tower series

It's a longie but a goodie. As is Stephen King's style, there is alot of seemingly unnecessary back-story at points. But, if you've made it to the seventh book of this fantasy/sci-fi/amazing series, you have no doubt become engrossed in the lives of Gunslinger Roland and his Tet and the book does not disappoint. There is plenty of gunslinging going on here, as well as the promise of twists, turns, and unspeakable...more
F.R.
Dear Stephen.

First let me say, thank you.

I’ve finally come to the end of the road to The Dark Tower and I just wanted to express my thanks for the path travelled. I’ll be honest with you, it was a path I resisted for years and years. In my childhood I had a bad experience with fantasy (hobbits, if you ask. I know, ironic since it was hobbits which inspired your opus) and so have always run shy from the fantasy end of fiction. I’ve read a lot of horror (including a great deal of your work), some...more
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 an...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is it, the last volume...sort of.

The book sweeps on into the climax of Roland's quest and ties in a lot more threads. Characters are interacting in 2 worlds Roland making the Dark Tower at last with Susannah and Eddie in a New York (where a political horror is in effect in my opinion LOL). As I said, last volume. The crudity that I don't care for is still very evident here as is the at "least somewhat negative" or "fatalistic" view of this multiverse. I'll include another "but" here...but i...more
Lee
I would have to say that I am some what disappointed with this book. As a finale to the epic that really was very interesting, it fell a long way short in giving me a feeling of sitting back and admiring what I just read.

The story lacked any real meat. There were probably three key moments throughout, the rest was pretty much just palava. Instead of dramatically closing in on the Dark Tower we kind of ambled along and found ourselves there without any thing surprising happen. King had lots of op...more
Ewa Manek
I'm just going to use this space as a general review of the series. I loved the first three books. I have read them several times and I love their atmosphere and...I suppose you could call it "grittiness." My enthusiasm started to wane around book 4, but I probably would not have been so down on the series if not for one thing - King deciding to insert himself into the story. (hopefully not too much of a spoiler - they introduced it in previous books and I believe it's part of the summary blurb...more
Mel
I read The Gunslinger when it was first published and thought it was quite good. The next two books in the series were good enough for me to move on to book four when it arrived. Years passed and then I heard Stephen King was going to (finally) finish the series. I was looking forward to reading through to the conclusion. Unfortunately, he decided to take the Robert Jordan route – dull, poorly edited and worst of all he lost sight of who his characters were. I won’t even waste time on the arroga...more
Joshua
Oh my. So disappointing. Uninspired characters invented just to cover plot holes and to get other characters conveniently out of the way may be fine for some, but not me. The one thing that did save this book for me was the Dark Tower itself.


*****SPOILER ALERT!!!*****


When Roland goes through the door, and the journey begins again, I was oddly satisfied. I had friends who were howling their discontent, but I feel that it makes a lot of sense. Since this is the last book, if we decide to pick up...more
Jake Menne
So ends one of the most unique, bizarre, enthralling, emotional, and deep adventures I have embarked on.

After a long and arduous journey the quest finally comes to an end. There is not a whole lot I can say without spoilers. Just know that this one is emotional, and anyone who picked up on the foreshadowing of the first six can probably guess what happens.

The pace in the last installment of the Dark Tower series is fast. Unlike some of the other ones there isn’t much wasted time. It jumps from...more
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