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The Waste Lands by Stephen King
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Feb 28, 2009

it was amazing
Read in August, 2006

Stephen King's novel "The Waste Lands" is the third instalment of the seven part epic "Dark Tower" series. The novel runs for 512 pages out of the series total of 3712 pages.

Here we see Jake finally reunited with Roland Of Gilead once again, as the group continue their quest towards the Dark Tower. The novel develops the characters previously set down in the last two novels, allowing the reader to become further attached to this unique collection of individuals.

The book takes you deeper into King's desolate world as you are introduced into a much more action packed and violent scenario. The tale builds towards the group's arrival at the city of Lud, which has been ravaged by war and time, leaving it in a almost post-apocalyptic state. A war is being fought between the two different inhabitants of the city as Roland's group try to make their way through its streets and towards the wastelands that follow.

King has managed to keep up the characterization throughout the book whilst managing to keep the novel fast paced and full of surprises. More hints as to the reasons behind this massive quest are thrown in to the tale, without actually revealing the true nature of it. This will keep you guessing at the underlying air of mystery about the whole series. The novel also clears up some of the intentional loose ends from the last two novels, that draws the books tighter together.

The book is a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish, ending with another dramatic cliff-hanger to lead into the next instalment "Wizard And Glass".
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