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The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower #7)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  105,575 Ratings  ·  4,031 Reviews
This volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the Dark Tower. A journey which means he must leave his faithful friends as he closes on the tower. His steps are followed only by Mordred, half-human, half-terrifying creature.
Paperback, 736 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by Hodder (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)
Marie-hélène Beauséjour 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…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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*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
Mark Lawrence
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

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
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.
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.
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Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
”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
Reseña de la saga completa* ¿Porque deberías leerla? Sin spoilers

Por fin lo he terminado y debo decir que valió la pena. Después de 8 libros directos relacionado con la historia y de otros que la complementan he llegado al tan ansiado final y debo decir que me ha encantado. No pudo haber uno mejor.

Mucho autores hacen bosquejos y mapas mentales de sus sagas y antes de comenzar a escribir ya tienen todo completamente estructurado y bien planeado (El caso de Brandon Sanderson), eso es la forma com
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.
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
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
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK lets palaver!

Don't pay any attention to the time it took me to read this, it is misguiding as life got in the way. However in a way I am pleased because I got to live the journey for just that much longer, easing my way to the thrilling end.

Although it's not really an end, nor is it a new beginning. It 'finishes' in the midpoint of a perpetual loop. As we started out on the first page of the Gunslinger, Roland finds himself alone but there are mini endings along the way. All of the characters
Elizabeth Sagan
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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)
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
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 .... 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
Andre Gonzalez
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to be let down hard.
Shelves: horror-thriller
Okay, I worked thru all seven of these "Dark Tower" Books because the first one was short and sweet and really caught my interest. And because they were "non-King-like" compared to his other books (which I don't particularly like). While a few of the books in this series are pretty good, they are hardly comparable to the Lord of the Rings, which I'm not a big fan of either. But I can tell really good story-telling from wandering around.
Of the previous six books in this series, they had some tru
Sep 22, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2016 -
I just finished my year-long quest to read everything Dark Tower and listen to everything DT I could find on audio. There is a very different feel to the tale when read to you by someone else. I loved it, but sadly, the final CD broke about halfway through. Weird, right? I think it may have been God's way of telling me to read the end, not listen. That brings up a very interesting thing that just occurred to me.

I don't want to spoil anything, but for those who have read it (and had their h
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
Gorgona Grim
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Isuse Hriste na biciklu...

Bilo je potrebno toliko toga da Roland učini i toliko prepreka da zaobiđe. Na početku sam, a potom sa svojim saputnicima. Bilo je potrebno da Džejk umre, da mu Valter prorekne sudbinu, da svojim rukama nasilno dovuče Edija i pomogne Odeti da prihvati Detu, da naiđu na prvi pravi putokaz u vidu Zraka medveda, da se ponovo sretnu sa Džejkom i prihvate bambura Oja za saputnika. Bilo je potrebno upoznati Rolanda i njegove prijatelje, njegovu voljenu koja je nastradala i nj
Ana  Vlădescu
Damn it, I knew this would happen.

I can't believe this ended. I was 16 when I started this series. Two years later, I managed to own all the seven books plus "The Wind Through The Keyhole", even though four of them are in Romanian and four in English.

Now, with this installment finished... a part of my heart will relocate itself on the shelf on which they are placed. And every time I will pick up the series for another read I will find myself, aged 16 and in love, between its
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read September 2016

It's been 8 years since I first read The Dark Tower series and I was impressed by how little I remembered. What I never forgot though, was how it made me feel and there was no difference in that the second time round. The last installment of the series is full to the brim with all kinds of sentiments and mostly an overwhelming sense of the approaching end. It's known from the start that the mission to enter the Tower is Roland's alone but knowing doesn't make it the least b
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this last week, but needed time to sort out my feelings. Truth be told, after reading the ending my mind was reeling. It was hard to start another book, because I was so hung up on this one. I know a lot of people took issue with the way it ended... But for me, personally? I loved it.

Kyriakos Sorokkou
DTProject2017 | Book 7

Finally, I've reached the Tower. The quest ends here (?)

Starting at the beginning of January I started this project called #DTProject2017 where we were reading one book a month from the series.

Now, at the beginning of August I finished the 7th book and started the 1st book (I won't tell why unless you read the series). So in a few days this Dark Tower experience will belong to the past.

I'm a little bit sad to say goodbye to this world, its characters and their stories but
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, western, sci-fi

What a finish to possibly one of my all time favourite series which I've ever read. I can only think of a handful of other books/series which have infiltrated my brain and emotions as much as this one and what a way to finish off. Like King said, it may not be the ending we wanted but it was the ending that was needed.

This book starts with a bit of a lag from the last book but that was to be expected after the cliffhanger finale. Once things got going though there was no stoping this, let's
Scott Rhee
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
I seriously don’t know how to write this review without sounding maudlin and turning into a blubbering love-fest for Stephen King. It was an extremely emotional experience reading the seventh, and final, book in the Dark Tower cycle.

“The Dark Tower” is masterful storytelling, but it’s more than that. It is the culmination and peak of King’s talent as a writer and a creator of worlds. His ability to take loose ends started in previous books, intertwine them with other storylines that seemingly h
Edward Lorn
On its own, THE DARK TOWER is a train wreck. Much like SONG OF SUSANNAH, it's all over the place, and meta-as-fuck. Because of this, my review of book seven will cover the series as a whole. Say sorry. Say thankee, sai.

I read the first three books (THE GUNSLINGER, THE DRAWING OF THE THREE, and THE WASTE LANDS) when I was thirteen. When WIZARD AND GLASS came out, I read that one, and hated it. I still hate it, even after three reads. In 2003, I reread the first four books in anticipation of the
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