The Wind through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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A gem of a novel, enchanting and enchanted . . . King is utterly at home in Mid-World, and the cadences and rhythms of the vernacular he has created provide a language fitting for the stories and legends he recounts. (Guardian)
[A] phantasmagorical folk tale . . . King's ability to entertain and unsettle cannot be denied. The skill with which he delivers a shock or sense of gothic terror is simply unmatched (Independent on Sunday)
Perfectly balanced: another excellent example of King's sheer skill as a storyteller. (Daily Express)
Like John Steinbeck, he's an unfussy writer whose voice is rooted equally in the rhythms of everyday speech and the mythic made manifest in everyday life. Indeed, reading King, you often sense the presence of the dustbowl America of The Grapes of Wrath . . . a King novel has a sparse elegance that most novelists never achieve in a whole career. Put it down to the insistent, economical and wholly distinctive authorial voice. (SFX Magazine)
A frantic-paced puzzle-box adventure that encompasses gunslinger Roland Deschain's early years, werewolves and powerful storytelling. (Shortlist)
King is one of the great popular artists of our time. (Independent)
Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plot (Daily Express on WOLVES OF THE CALLA)
Superbly energetic, it's King at his best. (Mail on Sunday on WIZARD AND GLASS)
Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
So I was happy but rather wary to find out that King had penned another Dark Tower novel. How would it fit in with the story already told ?
Well this book is written to slot in between novels 4 & 5 of the series. It can be read as a "stand-alone", but I think that those already familiar with the series will get more from it. It's a tale within a tale within a tale, that is not really part of the main story, but gives us another glimpse of the fascinating "Mid-World", and a very brief glimpse of an interlude in the quest of the main characters (the ka-tet) from the Dark Tower series.
A terrible storm (a "Starkblast") is on the way, and the ka-tet have to take shelter in an abandoned village. During the course of the storm Roland tells them about an episode from his youth, when as a young gunslinger he is sent by his father to investigate reports about a murderous "Skin-Man" (a sort of shapeshifter)in a distant dusty town. During this adventure he encounters a terrified young lad whose unconscious mind may hold the key to uncovering the human identity of the shapeshifter. Roland tells the lad a story that his mother had told him when he was a child, a story about a brave boy (Tim "Stoutheart" Ross), who has to leave his village and face the wonders and perils of ancient Mid-World to find a magical cure for his mother who has been gravely injured by his violent stepfather.Read more ›
This is a stand alone story in its own right. As ever, if you're a DT aficionado you will pick up references to the bigger stories, if you're not you won't. It's a story within a tale within the journey to the dark tower, although that does little more than set the scene for the tale.
The story is Mid-World's equivalent of a Grimm fairy tale. Only as it's Mid-World it's nastier and scarier. A boy faces up to challenges beyond his years, showing the strength that will ultimately turn him into a gunslinger.
The tale is one of Roland's youth, of inexperienced gunslingers being sent to deal with an unusual problem.
It's a joy to read a new tale of the DT, but this is a bonus to the main story, offering no additional depth to the quest for the DT. That aside, it's an enjoyable addition to the collection. Not SK's best but good enough.
In part 1, we meet up with Roland and his Ka-tat, or if your familiar with the rest of the books, you can call them, our old friends :)
Heading once again along the trail of the beam, towards the Dark Tower. Though it isn't long before danger strikes, a devastating storm known as a Starkblast approaches forcing Roland and his companions to take shelter in an abandoned town hall.
Stranded until the storm passes, Roland sits everyone down and passes the time with a story from his past.
The story of the hunt for the Skin-Man (shapeshifter)
We find a young Roland once more (this takes place not long after the events Roland spoke about in Book 4, with Susan and Wizard's Ball)
accompanied by another gunslinger, Jamie De Curry, the two set off on a task set before them by Stephen Deschain. A beast believed to be a Skin-Man has been tearing people limb from limb and its up to Roland and Jamie to figure out who it is and how to stop it before a few killings turn into a Bloodbath.
During the Skin-Man story, we are subjected to a Story within and Story, as Roland, Young Roland, begins to tell yet another story.
The main story within the book is, as you may have guessed from the title, 'The Wind Through The Keyhole'
Which is a great tale of Tim Ross, the son of a Lumberjack and his wild adventure packed full of magic, horror and excitement.
I dont wish to explain too much about this story. Only that, at first I was like "Awww, I just want to hear about Roland, I don't care about this other kid" but before long, I found myself unable to put the book down as Tim's story turned from a classic sounding fairytale into some-sort of a, Mystery, Horror, Thriller. It's brilliant.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it. I like the story within a story idea (as in book 4), showing more of Roland's past. If you're reading, Mr King, then more companion novels like this would be great.Published 4 days ago by Andy Graham
A story within a story within a story. Beautifully written and unmissable if you love the Dark Tower series. Thank ye Sai King, and may it do ya well :)Published 1 month ago by Paul Huntley
Great book - thought I had forgotten the stories from The Dark Tower books but this book brings them all back, wonderful read even if you haven't read the others in the series, can... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sharnap
I loved the dark tower series, and was sad when it ended and the way it ended, I wanted so much more for Roland . Read morePublished 3 months ago by Valerie
I'm very grateful that King saw it fit to add a little more epic, melancholy beauty to the Dark Tower series with this amazing work. Say thankee.Published 4 months ago
As a diehard King fan, I have 3 classifications for his work - bad, boring and brilliant. I keep reading for the brilliant. This is boring. A Dark Tower cash in, in my view.Published 5 months ago by Gasman