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Wolves of the Calla

(The Dark Tower #5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  154,546 ratings  ·  4,237 reviews
Roland and his tet have just returned to the path of the Beam when they discover that they are being followed by a group of inexperienced trackers. The trackers are from the town of Calla Bryn Sturgis, and they desperately need the help of gunslingers. Once every generation, a band of masked riders known as the Wolves gallop out of the dark land of Thunderclap to steal one ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Pocket Books Premium Edition, 931 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published November 4th 2003)
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Alexandria Stokes I'd say no! Read the whole series in its intended order. Then once you are finished and you feel lost and hopeless without your Dark Tower fix, THEN r…moreI'd say no! Read the whole series in its intended order. Then once you are finished and you feel lost and hopeless without your Dark Tower fix, THEN read it! (less)
John Bezzina I stopped with Wolves and read Salem's Lot. Once I finished I continued. I think that its the best way to go about it. Makes the book twice as big in …moreI stopped with Wolves and read Salem's Lot. Once I finished I continued. I think that its the best way to go about it. Makes the book twice as big in a way!!!(less)

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(B+) 76% | Good
Notes: Essentially one long side quest, it's hampered by a plodding back-story but recovers and ends on an interesting twist.
If someone would have told me back in the ‘90s that the way to get Stephen King to finish up the Dark Tower series quickly was to hit him with a minivan, I would have been on my way to Maine to rent a Dodge Caravan before you could say, "Bango Skank was here."

I confess this not to do more complaining about the long suffering years waiting on some advancement in the Dark Tower books, but to illustrate how utterly obsessed and frustrated I was with this goddamn series. Then King nearly came to the
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: king-stephen
Come, just stroke them, they won´t lacerate you and if, it will be so immediately fatal that you will at least feel no pain, except if bitten by a blue glowing vampire before, that could complicate both the dying and getting all the pop culture references and innuendos.

It´s getting a bit complicated with all the interconnections to the other parts, but King does a great job by using new and established settings, symbols, and artifacts to keep it suspenseful and demanding to read at the same time
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of westerns, masochists
Recommended to Rhiannon by: Uwdave
It is as though Stephen King:
1. Took me out to an arid, deserted sepia-toned no-place
2. Lit a sputtering campfire that quickly faded to embers
3. Handcuffed me
4. Sat me down Indian-style across from him
5. Proceeded to narrate to me in a hoarse, bored drawl over a series of three-to-four weeks the world's longest, most uninteresting story while my head lolled back, my lips grew dry with thirst, and my bum ached

If this book had been written by any writer other than Stephen King, it would never have
Dan Schwent
The 2011 re-read:
Roland and his ka-tet of gunslingers ride into Calla Bryn Sturgis, a town with a problem. Once every generation, a gang of marauders called The Wolves ride out of Thunderclap and steal half of the town's children. The ones that return come back roont, or brain-damaged. Can Roland and the others stop the Wolves before Susan gives birth to the demon in her womb?

It was a long wait between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. Was it worth it? Well, does a horse piss where it pl
Johann (jobis89)
"Now I think that all of us are born with a hole in our hearts, and we go around looking for the person who can fill it. You...Eddie, you fill me up."

The fifth book in the Dark Tower series finds Roland and his ka-tet in Calla Bryn Sturgis, where they must help the residents overcome a formidable enemy.

Even though this book took me what felt like a million years to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed pretty much every page (well... I’m not the biggest fan of the New York plot in this one, I’d rather ha
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All hail the King!

Full review to come...stay tuned!!!

1/30/20: Completely forgot that I never wrote a full review for this masterpiece. Perhaps a weekend project...


Commela Come Come!

Our journey has left so many behind. We have been attacked, beaten, and threatened. Yet, we persevere. Onward wayward travelers. Let us continue on our quest to the Dark Tower. Let us travel safely along the Path of the Beam

Our band of crazy MahFahs, led by the craziest MahFah yeh’ve ever encountered- Yours Truly- has seen and done much. I even let Jeff out of his prison luxiourous bedroom at my home to join us in this read. I did keep him on a leash- he’s not to be trusted.

May it do ya fine. This book did me real fine. Say thank ya.

I must be picking up the language from Calla Bryn Sturgis/Mid-World because it seems lately, I've been saying the speech of the people. I almost said, "Thankee-sai" as I was handed my receipt today at the grocery store. "Say thankee" I didn't.

Anyways, I'll stop being silly. (The grocery store thing is true, however.) What a fan-freaking-tastic book. I really enjoyed the town of Calla Bryn Sturgis, the people, and I LOVED the way they s
R.K. Gold
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book took me the longest to get through of the dark tower series, but I blame that more on school than the book itself. I found this book to be fascinating, and so important to the connection of all the worlds and universes surrounding the dark tower. It's funny though, the conflict stated in the title of the book acted more as a clock than an actual tense moment. It was a side quest you knew they were going to win so there wasn't much stress or tension. The real important parts of the stor ...more
A prequel to a sequel or a sequel to a prequel of a previous Dark Tower “review”.

Both women’s hands moved like a blur as they obliterated their targets - moving and stationary. Their pistols were still smoking as they were returned them to their holsters.

“Well met,” said the fat rancher, as he moved towards the taller of the two women, “and mighty impressive.”

“Thankee, Sai”, said the taller of the two blonde katet members and by her calm and authoritative bearing, obviously the group’s dinh.

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As my dawdling and ever dwindling ka-tet finally approaches the clearing at the end of the path—praise the Man Jesus—I find myself on the horns of a dilemma. You see, we read Wolves of the Calla nearly a year and a half ago, but I’ve left it unreviewed for a myriad of reasons. Actually . . . no, that’s not entirely true. For some idiotic reason, I began the silly practice of delaying reviews on buddy reads until all, or at least most my friends were finished reading. This delay tactic, commonly ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This 5th book in the Dark Tower series was "the worst" for me so far.

The Ka-tet arrive at the valley town of Calla Bryn Sturgis. The town, at least in my mind, is very Wild West-ish. Lots of farmers and ranchers, a hard life at a sort of frontier. The frontier to what? Well, the Thunderclap - home to "wolves" that steal children in regular intervals from the community (always one of a set of twins). Now, some farmers and ranchers want to rise up while others don't dare. So when the Gunslingers c
Jen from Quebec :0)
OH RIZA! I think this might be my favorite (so far) of all the Dark Tower series of books....which says a lot.

If you were to combine a Western film with the TV show LOST with Back to the Future with a Horror film, you would *almost* have the vibe achieved here. There is hardly anything I can say that will not spoil at least PART of the book, so I will simply continue to sing its praises.

That ENDING! King continues to BLOW MY MIND. The way that EVERYTHING he has ever written seems to somehow ser
Jul 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I didn't really realize until I'd picked up this book that I was kind of in a reading funk for a bit. Either that, or this book is just that good. Either way, I had a new life of reading when I picked up Wolves of the Calla. I was sucked right back into the path of the Dark Tower, right along one of the 6 beams. And it's not just sucked in, but I was able to pick back up after a year or two with only my rusty memory of the previous 5 (counting Wind through the Keyhole) books.

Wolves is just what
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is an epic with few peers.

The first novel, The Gunslinger, was first published in 1982 and the final installment, The Dark Tower, came out 22 years later.

This one, the fifth in the series, was first published in 2003. By this time SK had built up speed and was cruising towards the finish and truth be told, this is my favorite so far.

After I read the Gunslinger I conceded that I was on the outside looking in, that I was missing the punch line to a story loved by h
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this! The ka-tet get to be actual gunslingers in this story. We find out more about North Central Positronics and it's links to Eddie's, Jake's and Susannah's New York's , as well as Father Callahan. We find out how the Dark Tower is as relevant to their world as Roland's although it goes by a different name. We meet Andy, find about about the Wolves..I didn't see the Big Reveal about them until I was told.. it is a testament to King's skill that we don't get to the actual sho ...more
Medhat The Book Fanatic
These books become weirder and weirder with each volume, and this one is the weirdest so far.

To say that I didn't enjoy Wolves of the Calla would be a lie, but the book was too long. Though I love King when he writes big books, but this one was unnecessarily huge and 150-200 pages could have been cut off. This is one of the cases when King turns wordy.

Nevertheless, the book was entertaining and the characters were great, especially Jake, whose character-arc evolve dramatically but powerfully.

My 100th book of the year is done!

I'm not exactly sure why, but I enjoyed this more this time around than I did the first time.

I much prefer this narrator over Frank Muller. (At this end of this audio book, King himself speaks about Frank Muller and why he didn't continue narrating this series-it was due to a motorcycle accident in which he was seriously injured.

(Frank is part of the reason The Haven Foundation was created. It's to help independent authors, narrators and frelancers during time
Andre Gonzalez
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a refreshing return to the story of the Ka-Tet and their journey. After what felt like thousands of pages of flashbacks and backstory in Wizard & Glass and Wind Through the Keyhole, Wolves of the Calla returns to Roland and friends in their quest for the Dark Tower. There is so much drama throughout book five, leading up to an exciting ending that leaves you desperate to start the next book right away (which I did!). This book almost feels like a reintroduction of sorts to the main char ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, sci-fi, fantasy

Another stonking effort from the Dark Tower series in a book that has left me drooling at the prospect of what the last two books hold. Initially it seemed like a slow read, this might not be so much the book as external factors making me unable to get chance to read it, and it plodded along and then all of a sudden I was swept up with it all and was engrossed and the last few hundred pages flew by. I would go as far as saying this is in my top two DT books but the slowness of the start m
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are a few things that are taking up residence in my head that I can't get into here without blowing the lid off the series as a whole, but woooo-weeee, cowboy (or girl!) it's a doozy!

*giggles and rubs his hands together and is NOT at all surprised that the extended TV show that was supposed to DO THIS SERIES JUSTICE had been pulled*

So, who out there wants to see a wild mashup of westerns, fantasies, horrors, and science fiction?


What? Just me? No. Obviously not just me. But let'
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
And one day I just woke up
And the wolves were all there
Wolves in the piano
Wolves underneath the stairs
Wolves inside the hinges
Circling round my door
At night inside the bedsprings
Clicking cross the floor
I still don’t know how they found me
I’ll never know quite how
I still can’t believe they heard me
I was howling out that loud
- Josh Ritter, great American singer/songwriter

This book works fine as. John Wayne western featuring twin-separating wolves. It was nice to catch up with ol’ Father Callahan,
Vanessa J.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
That face you make when a book has a horrible cliffhanger:

Why, Stephen King, why?!?!

Well, anyway, no review for this. It's suffice for me to say it's a million times better than book 4 (that one's a mess - I didn't even finish it). The story gets back to the quest to find the Dark Tower, I'm finally warming up to the characters and in few words, I liked it.

A little warning for people who want to read this series: Read King's 'Salem's Lot first. The destiny of one character is told here and you'l
“First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire."
- Roland Deschain, of Gilead


Dark Tower reviews:
#1 The Gunslinger
#2 The Drawing of the Three
#3 The Waste Lands
#4 Wizard and Glass
#5 Wolves of the Calla
#6 Song of Susannah
#7 The Dark Tower
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series is fucking perfect. And that Epilogue. Literally; holy shit. That's all I have to say on the matter. Long days and pleasant nights.
Gary K Bibliophile
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wolves of the Calla is book 6 of my 20’19’ Dark Tower odyssey (and book 5 of the series). As with my other reviews this is just a series of observations rather than a full review.
* “[go then] There are other worlds than these”. This quote from Jake going back to the first book.... plays a big factor in this book.
* I have not read Salem’s Lot - it’s been on my TBR list for a while. Nevertheless I enjoyed the crossover quite a lot.
* Going back in time to stop the assassination of JFK... becaus
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
13/2 - I loved how meta this whole book was - references to Harry Potter, King himself, 'Salem's Lot (don't read this till you've read that or you'll be totally spoiled), and Star Wars abound. One of my favourite literary devices is when a character breaks the fourth wall or there are references to our 'world' in the story (one of the only lines I know off the top of my head from the TV show Charmed is from a scene where the sisters are in a mausoleum and Piper quips "Where's Buffy when you need ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot going on here. Luckily, it has the page count so nothing feels rushed. Because there's a new character (really an old one if you read a lot of King) and his backstory, and travel between worlds, and a demonic fetus, and a child-stealing evil to vanquish... Plenty to keep me avidly listening through 22 discs of audiobook.

That new-but-now character is Father Callahan, late of 'Salem's Lot. I wasn't exactly clamoring to see this guy again, and I doubt very many other people were. But
Ashley Daviau
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think it was possible to be any more in love with this series than I already was. But with each book I reread, my love for it just keeps growing. I've become so invested in these characters and their journey that it feels like they've become a part of me.

I had forgotten a lot of the details of the story so at times it's almost like I'm on the Dark Tower journey again for the first time. And it's truly a magical experience. I feel like now that I'm a bit older, I'm able to truly appreci
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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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