This series absolutely blew my mind in so many ways. The characters are real enough to touch, the storyline is gripping, and the worlds I entered as a reader often seemed more real than the one I live in. I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a mind-boggling journey through multiple worlds and realities in search of the ultimate truth through dedication, sacrifice, and redemption.
I thought the series would be difficult to follow through the many wheres and whens, but Stephen King is the master of leading the reader through each turn in such a way that I was never left behind. The Dark Tower series follows the last gunslinger's journey across infinite universes in search of the Dark Tower, reputed to be the nexus of all existence. Along the way he is joined by Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and others through various twists in the story. Each character is made astonishingly real by King's masterful description, and as a reader I was profoundly attached to each one through intimate knowledge of their innermost thoughts, feelings, beliefs, motivations, and desires.
I am being deliberately vague about the details of the story in the hopes that everyone who reads this review will be inspired to discover the Dark Tower series for themselves, and I would hate to reveal something that would detract from that experience. I have personally read through this series twice now (no small feat -- there are seven books in all and a few of them are quite long) and each time I enter the worlds of Stephen King's epic masterpiece I am reluctant to leave. This series has at times left me with some very intense layers of emotion including awe, suspense, surprise, exhilaration, eagerness, disgust, redemption, joy, sadness, and most of all a sense that an all-encompassing yet fragile force is connecting us all.
Please don't be scared off by the sheer volume of paper in this series. Reality will never be the same once you've experienced it, for reading the Dark Tower series will bind you with myself and other readers in the way that long-lost friends share a bond of common experience. Truly a masterpiece.
These books are unlike any other Stephen King has ever written, which is probably why I liked them so much. My review is limited strictly to, "Read Them". On a personal note, for me they answered many questions I had about life and the world in general. They also gave name to many of the things I had thought, believed, and felt long before Mr. King ever shoved paper into typewriter. If I ever met Mr. King, I would … more