This book is so difficult to review, so I’m not really going to review it. Stephen King is a master of his craft, and the first book in the Dark Tower series is no joke.
This book focuses on word building and filling in backstory; sort of a 200 page prologue. There is so much going on in this short book that it’s almost difficult to comprehend. I want to continue with this series but may need to read this again first.
What surprised me the most is how violent and gory this book is – for some reason I suspected a bit of a lighter fantasy. Nope, this is classic King.
We follow the Gunslinger as he follows The Man in Black. Along the way he meets a boy from another time / dimension. That’s, more or less, the point of this book. We also learn a bit about the Gunslinger’s past and relationship to the man in black.
I’ll be circling back to this book in 2018 if I decide to take on the entire series. I’m not a fan of fantasy (too realistic and cynical I guess), but I’ve always wanted to tackle these books.
From the publisher:
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.
“Stories are wild creatures…When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”
This little book had me crying my eyes out; I absolutely loved it. I’ll do my best to sum this up without any spoilers. Conor’s life is spiraling downhill: his father has moved away and started another family, his mother is ill, and he has nowhere to turn for relief from his misery. One night, a monster visits. Over time, the monster tells Conor three tales that blur the lines between right and wrong, and good and evil. The fourth tale will be Conor’s, and what a tale it is.
A brilliant idea from Siobhan Dowd turned into a beautiful work by Patrick Ness.