I first read this book back in 1985 and had to wait nearly four years for "The Drawing of the Three". Then I had to wait another seven for the third installment. So I gave up and decided to wait until everything was in to come back and complete the cycle. I am so glad King decided to accelerate his plans and complete the epic in my lifetime. This story (and series)is a literature lovers gold mine of foreshadowing, allusion, symbolism and goas a long way to restoring my belief that true Romantic Literature can still be produced in a cookie cutter age.