Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Wind Through the Keyhole

I am a fan of Stephen King’s, Dark Tower series.  In total there were seven books that wove their way through Mid-World that mark Roland Deschain’s, the last Gunslinger from the line of Eld, journey from Gilead to the shadow of the Dark Tower following that man in black across the desert.  Along the way he and his Ka-tet (posse, so to speak) have many epic adventures and most recently, Sai King brought the Ka-tet back together for a story that fits right between “Wizard and Glass” (book IV) and “Wolves of the Calla” (book V). 

I am not going to spoil anything save to say that if you have enjoyed the epic that the Dark Tower really is then this needs to move to the top of your reading list.  This is not ‘retirement’ King; this is King using his powers at full throttle, and it is a great read.  He “has not forgotten the face of his father.”  King uses some wonderful devices here with a trinity of nesting stories that introduce some new legends that will have you begging for more.  Also, if you are rusty with your Low and High Speech from the other seven novels, don’t fret; it will all come back to you Thankee Sai.

“The world has moved on” but fortunately Roland’s Ka-tet has returned for another round in the chamber.  I can only hope that Sai King has other tales waiting to be told along the path of the Beam.  Ye know as well as I, Gunslinger, “There will be water if God wills it.”

You will be well-met to pick it up and read it.  Do so before the Throckens dance before the moonlight and the Starkblast hits.  You won’t be disappointed.

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