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Review: The Dark Tower 01: The Gunslinger

Rating: 3 out of 5.


In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.


The writing feels like a rough draft and a lot of things that the Gunslinger thinks and says are juvenile. I had no problem believing that King came up with this when he was fifteen because it sounds like it was written by someone who is fifteen. That being said, the main plot points and the world itself are pretty cool and it definitely didn’t hurt that I imagined Idris Elba the entire time reading this.

I’ll at least read the second one, but pull back my expectations of this beloved series.