Here begins the saga of Roland Deschain…

What to Expect

In this first installment in King’s The Dark Tower saga, readers are introduced to Roland Deschain, the gunslinger. Roland is looking to reach the Dark Tower and find out its unreachable secrets. The journey he goes on to try and get there is one of King’s best stories ever told.

Written in eight installments, the first, The Gunslinger, is the reader’s introduction into the world where Roland operates. This first novel is crucial in understanding the Man in Black and the role he plays in Roland’s search as well as the world Roland moves through. Jake, a crucial character, is also introduced in this first installment.

Paperback Edition of The Gunslinger

The Ruling

While I do believe this novel sets up many characters and ideas that travel throughout all of the Dark Tower novels, it is easily the least exciting and page-turning. This novel is one the reader must push through the get to the good stuff. As you can see from the Goodreads synopsis, I rated this novel 3/5 stars. It is the least riveting of all eight Dark Tower novels. However, it lays a lot of the groundwork for later events.

Pushing through this boring first novel will yield much adventure in the future, dear reader. Push through you must. I am admittedly not a huge fan of King’s work — except for the Dark Tower series. The Dark Tower series gives us characters we care about, adventures we feel a part of, and events that spook the heck out of us.

Movie Cover Edition of The Gunslinger — we’ll get to that later

Who Should Read The Dark Tower Series?

The saga and story throughout the series is epic, similar to that of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. Around every corner, the reader is surprised, worried, anxious as to what comes next. This series is King’s masterpiece. If you enjoy sprawling stories that traverse thousands of pages, this is definitely the start of a journey for you. The Gunslinger is the shortest novel in the series, coming in at only 224 pages.

Give it a shot, and push through the find the gold on the other side of The Gunslinger.

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3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
About the Author

Sarah Moon is a stone-cold sorceress from Tennessee whose interests include serial killers, horror fiction, and the newest dystopian blockbuster. Sarah holds an M.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing. She works as an English professor as well as a cemeterian. Sarah is most likely to cover horror in print including prose, poetry, and graphic forms.

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