In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet - Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler - encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two... and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.
In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man" preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day's trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. "A person's never too old for stories," Roland says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them." And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.
King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland's world and testimony to the power of Stephen King's storytelling magic.
"Starred Review. This gripping novel is sure to put King back on the bestseller lists." - Publishers Weekly
"In his foreword, which gives a brief series background that will allow even the uninitiated thoroughly to enjoy this book, King says that he was 'delighted to discover my old friends had a little more to say,' and for that we all say thankya. Fans will be lining up for this one." - Library Journal
"[The Wind Through the Keyhole]...feels fresh and wide-open, attaining its own unique flavor among the Tower books while meshing seamlessly with the fabric of the series." - Fearnet
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Rated of 5
Another Dark Tower!
I thought it was a wonderful addition to the Dark Tower legacy. So much fun to see Roland and the others on another adventure. I'm hoping Stephen King will do even more!
Stephen King has written more than forty novels and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, the O. Henry Award, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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