(1997) Stephen King, Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99, trdpbk, 672pp, ISBN 0-340-69661-3
With at least three more parts to go to the conclusion of this 'epic', some readers may be getting bored. Unlikely, I know; each part is probably "eagerly awaited". This volume tells more of the background of the Gunslinger, Roland, furthers some plot threads and introduces others. There's enough foreshadowing of the remaining volumes to keep the readers' interest up, and King surely has his 'following' sorted by now, but casual readers will by now be lost. Nothing to be done about that but read the first three books -- you know they're available!
See also Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower 5, Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower 6 and The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower 7.
Also see The Dark Tower, A Concordance vol.1 by Robin Furth.
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