The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book 7) Review

The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book 7) The Dark Tower by Stephen King
My review
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As I mentioned before, this is probably going to end up being more of a review of the whole Dark Tower series than just the final book. You’ve been warned.
The Dark Tower 7 closes the circle on our gunslinger (quite literally, as you will find out if you read the series, and no, that’s not really a spoiler). Not unexpectedly, our ka-tet of heroes – Jake, Eddie, Susannah, Oy and Roland the gunslinger – do not arrive at the Dark Tower intact. I’ll let you discover what happens along the way, and you’ll see why the author puts the Trent Reznor quote (“What have I become?/My sweetest friend/Everyone I know/Goes away in the end/You could have it all/My empire of dirt/I will let you down/I will make you hurt”) at the beginning of the book. It’s an entertaining ride.
Stephen King inserts himself into the action once again, this time bringing his brush with death into the story. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn’t just annoyed at this juxtaposition. In fact, I thought it worked. Not wonderfully, mind you, but well enough.
As for the rest of the story (which is the bulk of the 845 pages), well, I was satisfied with it. That’s actually saying a lot, believe it or not. It would have been quite easy to be really disappointed with the end of a 7 book series. But I felt that all the pieces fell into place and came to a nice conclusion. When you take King’s ending, and put in into context with the end of Robert Browning’s poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” (which King includes as an appendix), I think it comes to a nice conclusion indeed.
“The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.” I followed the gunslinger too, for almost 20 years. For the wonderful journey, I say thankya, sai King.
Next up, All Those Mornings… At The Post by Shirley Povich. Povich was a sportswriter for the Washington Post in a career that spanned 8 decades.