Roland’s tale just keeps getting stranger and stranger, yet more addicting too. I’ve really struggled to pin down a rating. I want very much to give it four stars, yet there are too many parts of me that shouts ‘it isn’t quite worthy… just yet’. I have a feeling that by the end of the book three, I’ll be singing a different tune. So I’m settling for 3.7 stars lol.
There were still a lot of places that I had to re-read because the wording just threw me off. I couldn’t quite picture exactly what was going on, and that bothers me. Then, in some magical hindsight way, as the next scenes would come into play, the things that were already read actually made sense. You can definitely tell that the Dark Tower Series was some of King’s first books, he’s made it a LOOOOONG way with his writing!
It’s hard to write a review for this book because basically anything and everything about the plot is a spoiler from book one…. SO, if you’re yet to read this series then I suggest you just stop right here and pick it up at the beginning. I’ll try to keep it basic without giving away much, but I can’t promise it won’t ruin it for you.
Roland, or The Gunslinger, accomplished much in book one. He trudged the desert, befriended and traveled with a kid, aaaannnnd he uncovered his fate… kind of. There were three cards drawn, and he was told by the Man In Black that three is his fated number. Now, as he’s wandering a horrid beach, and fighting strange lobster type monsters, he follows his intuition. By going the very direction that he feels is right he stumbles across random doors. The first door is a trip… in every way really.
When Roland enters the door his spirit enters the mind of a man in an airplane, in a whole different place in time than the one Roland comes from. Eddie, the man whose mind he’s invaded, is in the process of smuggling drugs internationally. The beginning of Roland and Eddie’s story pretty much covers the whole first half of the book. There are twists, deadly shockers, and insane details in this half. What happens with Roland and Eddie is only the beginning of their camaraderie. I wouldn’t exactly call it a friendship, but they’re not enemies either. I actually enjoyed it better than the second half of the book. I did enjoy the second half, but felt a little disappointed. I wanted more from it.
The second half is the Lady of Shadows, yet it also covers The Pusher, which was also foreseen in book one by the Man in Black. I really like what King did with the Lady of Shadows. She’s a very strong, dysfunctional, strong willed character. There is much depth to her as she starts out as a split personality… just wow! Talk about opposition. She has a tragedy that takes both of her legs. Roland helps her immensely before taking her back with him to join himself and Eddie. Although a little off in the head at first, she really transforms into so much more than what you’d expect.
All in all, this series is picking up. I was iffy about the first book, and had I not been in a reading group to discuss it all, and to hold me acountable for commiting to the series, I likely would’ve abandoned it. I’m very glad that wasn’t the case.
Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba
The second volume in Stephen King’s #1 bestselling Dark Tower Series, The Drawing of the Three is an “epic in the making” (Kirkus Reviews) about a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.
“Stephen King is a master at creating living, breathing, believable characters,” hails The Baltimore Sun. Beginning just less than seven hours after The Gunslinger ends, in the second installment to the thrilling Dark Tower Series, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. Each one enters into a different person’s life in New York—here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, to save the Dark Tower.
“This quest is one of King’s best…it communicates on a genuine, human level…but is rich in symbolism and allegory” (Columbus Sunday Dispatch). It is a science fiction odyssey that is unlike any tale that Stephen King has ever written.