Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Wind Through The Keyhole (Book Review)

Title: The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel
Series: The Dark Tower 4.5
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
Source: Gift from friend

Goodreads Summary:

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.

I love the Dark Tower series and not because the stories are so good, because trust me I was disappointed by the storyline a lot of time, but because the characters and the world he wrote about became so real and such a part of me and my life that I could just never put the books down. I was a little skeptical when I heard there was another book coming out and especially when I heard that this one would only feature the ka-tet a small amount.
But this story within a story within a story really fits right in with the other Dark Tower books on my mind. I loved seeing these beloved characters back at it. And as Oy has always been my favorite it was fun to read another story about other bumblers as well. The storyline in this book works pretty well too although I'm still not sure it really explains the beginning of book 5. Maybe there will be a Book 4.75. We can only hope.

Rating: 5/5

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like King put a good effort into this one, not relying on the success of the others to fuel it. He is supposed to be working on a sequel to The Shining, so it will be interesting to see what he comes up with.

    On another note, I currently holding a giveaway of The Key by Simon Toyne, and I thought you might be interested. It is a smart, religious thriller that I really enjoyed. Check it out if you get a chance. Thanks for writing great reviews!