May 20, 12
Read from April 24 to May 18, 2012
I have had some time to think about my review of this book and there is so much I want to say. The only problem I find is the fact that most of what I want to say will spoil the book and the series for anyone who reads this. I can't write a review with spoilers because I want anyone who reads this review or the book to be surprised along the way as I was. So bear with me and I will do my best to write a good review.
Having read the Dark Tower series I know what happens down the beam, having a book that falls mid series, it is hard to read this knowing what happens next. It took a little of the surprise and awe from it knowing what comes next. Stephen King says in his foreword that this book can be read as a stand alone. You do not need to have read any of the Dark Tower series to enjoy this book. In this book the Ka-tet of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy have been traveling along the path of the beam towards the dark tower when a Storm known as a Starkblast hits their trail. Seeking shelter in an abandoned Town hall. While waiting out the storm Roland tells a story of his child hood. In the middle of this story he tells another story known as the Wind Through the Keyhole.
This book has very little to do with the quest to the Dark Tower but both stories in this book were very interesting and I really enjoyed the whole thing. Even though the main characters in the Dark Tower series are only in this book for a little while, picking this up was like visiting old friends again. I was enthralled to read more of Roland's life when he was a young Gunslinger and being able to visit with the rest of the Ka-tet was great fun. I will say that I would recommend this to any one who loves a good story. Since it can be read on it's own, I feel anyone with an interest in good stories and a well written book will enjoy this.