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The Dark Tower

(The Dark Tower #7)

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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 2004)
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Jacob Tittle Holy hell! So glad someone feels the same way about that nonsense. Feels like he threw that in there as a way to help close the story easier, no real …moreHoly hell! So glad someone feels the same way about that nonsense. Feels like he threw that in there as a way to help close the story easier, no real value. Still, thoroughly enjoyed the series.(less)
MH B I loved the ending, but got really annoyed at the warning interlude from Stephen King. To me it broke the momentum of the story and was slightly conde…moreI loved the ending, but got really annoyed at the warning interlude from Stephen King. To me it broke the momentum of the story and was slightly condescending. ''Well you won't like this ending but it is because you readers cannot fully grasp the beauty of story telling''. Argh(less)

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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
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Mark Lawrence
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Jayson
(B+) 79% | Good
Notes: A memorable final hundred pages to a book and series that were highly imaginative but also drawn out and uneven.
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: king-stephen
It´s not just that one understands the whole inner logic much better after finishing this, it´s a feeling of having experienced something so unique in its special quality that I would call it incomparable to any other series so far. But make sure you reach the end in one piece, (view spoiler)

Ah Mordred, what a cool little fello
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Jason
Aug 30, 2007 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
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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.
(view spoiler)
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Daniel Greene
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finishing this book is like ending a relationship you don't want to be over, but is was certainly a relationship that needed ending. You will be frustrated, angry, and WANTING MORE LIKE A DAMN DRUG!

Stephen King is the master of mind f*cking his readers. Rarely has he done it so well as here.

Full Review Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP_0q...
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Johann (jobis89)
“It'll be your damnation, boy. You'll wear out a hundred pairs of boots on your way to hell.”

How does one even begin to review the conclusion to what I believe is one of the greatest series of all time? I simply cannot put into words what this series means to me and how much of an emotional rollercoaster this final book is. It’s also really freakin’ hard to review any book in a series!

If you’re in any way invested in this series, the last book is pretty much 800+ pages of saying goodbye, which i
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Thomas
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Bookwraiths
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
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Emma
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars.
This just fizzled out for me. It wasn't so much the ending itself - the wheel of ka seemed quite apt -so much as the let down of so many loose ends of the story. How events and characters had played such a large part in the story, only to come to almost nothing. I didn't like Stephen King's inclusion in the story. In the previous volume I thought it was quite clever, but in this volume it really read like he'd just run out of ideas and was prepared to throw in any old nonsense in order
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Jacob Jones-Goldstein
Sep 10, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Jeff
WARNING!! Although it’s a non-review review, it’s still spoiler-y.



This spoiler-laden review was brought to you by the number 19!

With Special Guest Star: The Eraser



Hi kids! I’m the Eraser. Remember stay in school and don’t do drugs!

The gunslinger waved to his pal, The Eraser, and thanked him for his help in dispatching the Kooky Krazy King of Krimson.

“Thank you, Mr. Eraser!

“That’s The Eraser, you twit!”

“Sorry, Mr. The Eraserhead.”

“Bah. I’ve got the holiday fever. I wonder if there’s an interdim
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Bradley
So. I've been sitting here staring at this screen for about 2 hours after finishing The Dark Tower. It was pretty touch-and-go for a bit.

I couldn't see much through the tears.

But I'm back now. It's not like this is the first time I read the book. I had a book hangover then, also, but I think I'm recovering slightly better than that last time.

I'm afraid I can't say ANYTHING about this book without going into spoiler territory. It's brilliant and it's epic, of course, and it keeps blowing my min
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Lyn
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
“If at his counsel I should turn aside
Into that ominous tract which, all agree,
Hides the Dark Tower. Yet acquiescingly
I did turn as he pointed: neither pride
Nor hope rekindling at the end descried,
So much as gladness that some end might be.”

- Robert Browning

And so we come to the clearing at the end of the path.

Stephen King’s epic poetic prose inspired by Browning’s poem is a unique and troubling masterpiece of fantasy.

Looking back over the seven principle books, from The Gunslinger first publis
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Markus
”The roses of Can'-Ka No Rey opened before him in a path to the Dark Tower, the yellow suns deep in their cups seeming to regard him like eyes.”

Journey’s end approaches, and the last gunslinger at last sets his gaze upon the great shadowy column at the end of the road. Yet dangers still lie in the way, and secrets, and the greatest mystery of all: what lies beyond the gate? What can be found at the top of the Tower?

Reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series has now been a journey spanning years. I
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Elizabeth Sagan
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My first thought was, he lied in every word...
Isn’t it funny? So, you read 7 books (8, if you count The Wind Through The Keyhole), you’re at the end of the last one and you’re wondering how the heck will it end. It’s not about the journey anymore. The journey is over. It’s 110% about the destination. You have no predictions, no clues, no nothing. You can’t even try to guess because your mind is completely empty and all you have are the words you’re reading, page after page after page. It’s like
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Kathryn
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Stepheny
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Original Buddy Read Review:I almost forgot to include my chap Ryder in this epic buddy read!

He says: Saddle up, pards!



New and Excruciatingly Long-Winded and Passionate Review:

Well, here it is, folks. The end.

We have travelled long and hard. (That’s what she said.) We have had many ups and downs, backward flips, dips, dives, shucks and even a case of good old-fashioned demon rape, say thankya. Say thankya big-big. We’ve had fallen comrades, we’ve had tagalongs, we’ve had mysterious disappearan
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R.K. Gold
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took me longer than every other book in the series and I think that’s because I really didn’t want to finish it. It was so nice to have this book to go back to. It was so nice to say I was still working on the dark tower. But it’s over now and I can never again read the dark tower series for the first time, which is fine I suppose since everyone who has read it before knows that once we complete the journey, restarting it is only natural.

I loved this series. I really did. If the point of book
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Paul O'Neill
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
PFFFTT... What?!? Perfect ending, perfect series (although wizard and glass was a bit of a snooze).

One of those endings where you need to go back and read the whole thing all over again.

Long days and pleasant nights
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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)
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Trish
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The body was far smaller than the heart it had held.

What a journey - for the characters as much as for the readers! In a way, it feels as if we had been on the road to the Dark Tower forever. All the more reason why saying goodbye is so hard.

So this is the end.
It started where the previous volume left off: Mordred is being born and things ... don't exactly go as Mia had hoped they would. Callahan and Jake are there - as are myriad servants of the Crimson King (including some vampires).
Roland
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
I feel like I'm broken in 10 different places. It's over. It really is over. Roland Deschain of Gilead has finally completed his quest to reach The Dark Tower - none for the better, none for the worse.

There were so much losses, heartbreaks, and blood. SO MUCH BLOOD WAS SHED. And I have suffered through every....damn..... bit .... of......it. Cried my way through too.

When I've patched up all 10 broken pieces of myself, I'll be doing a super lengthy review of the entire Dark Tower series. It real
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Brandon
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King’s Dark Tower saga comes to a conclusion with the seventh (or eighth if you’re counting “The Wind Through the Keyhole”) and final novel appropriately titled, “The Dark Tower”. In the series’ finale, Roland and his ka-tet draw ever closer to their destiny as the Tower is finally within reach, however, death and destruction lie ahead. Can Roland reach his ultimate destination without paying a heavy price?

It took King nearly twenty-two years to finish the series (from the publication of
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Andre Gonzalez
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok, wow. The ending for this series was everything I could have hoped for. Every loose end from the series is tied up by the end, and we get closure with each of the main character's. Getting to finally "see" the Dark Tower was such a relief, after 6.5 books of searching for it, Mr. King will make you feel as if you're standing at Roland's side the rest of the way. I highly recommend this series as a whole, but would suggest reading a few books before going on this journey: Salem's Lot, It, Inso ...more
Medhat The Book Fanatic
I started my journey with the Dark Tower series on the 26th of July 2017, and now the journey is over.

I am both glad and sad that I am done with the series. Glad, because the journey was too long and I needed to see the end of it. Sad, because I will miss everyone.


The Dark Tower series is an epic tale of chivalry, friendship, adventure, love, and obsession. The tale grows in a very organic way with each book, and with it we see and feel the remarkable change and development of each character.

In
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Timothy Urges
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Josh
Sep 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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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
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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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