Synopses & Reviews
In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar. A classic tale of colossal scope crossing over terrain from The Stand
, The Eyes of the Dragon
, The Talisman
, Black House
, Hearts in Atlantis
, Salem's Lot
, and other familiar King haunts the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page.
And the Tower awaits...
The first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series...
This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, it
features one of Stephen King's most powerful creations the gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages,
from ancient myth to frontier Western legend.
The gunslinger's quest involves the pursuit of the man in black, a liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, and a friendship with the kid from earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger is stunning proof of Stephen King's storytelling sorcery.
"In the interest of fair criticism, The Gunslinger is still a good read....[It] strives (successfully, on some levels) to invest the high fantasy genre with a uniquely American angle. Filled with plenty of strange creatures...and just the right amount of dread, foreshadowing and poetic prose, The Gunslinger is a quirky, interesting start to Roland's journey." The Denver Post
"Brilliant, fresh, and compelling...will leave you panting for more." Booklist
"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The foundation of the epic Dark Tower series
This heroic fantasy, set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace, features one of Stephen King's most powerful creations-The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier Western legend.
Table of Contents
The gunslinger -- The way station -- The oracle and the mountains -- The slow mutants -- The gunslinger and the dark man.