This excellent series is finally getting into the meat of the King novels. Having read the first one when it came out initially many years ago, a lot of this is new to me but stirs some faint memories (as Roland would say "deja view"). We are now at the point where Roland meets Jake, the young man who died on the streets of New York, and has appeared (who knows how) in mid-world.
Roland is reluctant to have Jake join up with him, for he knows that those who become close to him have an uncanny way of dying on a regular basis. Jake is interesting, though, because he has already died and, apparently, been reborn. Thus Roland takes Jake with him in his search for the Man in Black, across trackless deserts and impossibly high mountains.
Jake is captured by a succubus, and Roland rescues him, promising to return once Jake is safe. He's as good as his word, and we get an eerie scene in which the succubus gives Roland a foretaste of what is in his future, including three people that will be involved with his quest. That's all that he learns, but it doesn't help him in feeling that there is grave danger for Jake, and also, of course, for himself, but the quest goes on.
I do have a vague memory of Jake's future, but that is to be told in the next installment in this most excellent series. If it takes in the whole of the Dark Tower stories, my bookshelf is going to be groaning under the weight of all those volumes. Who cares, they are fantastic!
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