Series: The Dark Tower #4.5
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Western
Published on April 24, 2012
Published by Scribner, Simon & Schuster
Format: eBook, 498 pages
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First sentence: During the days after they left the Green Palace that wasn't Oz after all - but which was now the tomb of the unpleasant fellow Roland's ka-tet had known as the Tick-Tock Man - the boy Jake began to range farther and farther ahead of Roland, Eddie, and Susannah.
If someone would ask me to describe The Wind Through the Keyhole in two words, it would be: Storytelling Inception. 😀 Yes this is a story in a story in a story and as usual the core of the novel (the third story) is the best.
It all begins with the ka-tet we all know and love. We hang out with them for about 10-15% of the book, but we will not learn much new here, it’s just a setting for a Roland to tell his friend another story about his start as a gunslinger.
I don’t know about you, but I loved these backstories in previous Dark Tower books. As Eddie sums it up, Mid-World is “mysterious yet strangely hilarious” and the same can be said about his history.
Roland tell us about murders he is sent to investigate by his father. (That’s another 30% of the book.) The story is solid and although there are not many unexpected twists, it keeps your attention and is interesting. Also, we have a chance to glimpse a little bit more of Roland’s personality and feelings after his mother’s murder.
And then we get to the real jewel of this novel. While waiting for murder suspects to arrive, Roland tells a little boy witness a story. The tale ‘Wind Through the Keyhole’ that his mother used to tell him when he was a boy. This story is 50-60% of the book and it has it all: mystery, magic, dragons, fairies, murder. And another cool North Positronic device. I don’t know how to start talking about it without a spoiler, so I won’t.
So, if you are a Dark Tower series fan and you would like another glimpse into the mysteries of Mid-World, read this book. And you would probably want to re-read the whole series again, just like me. 🙂
If you haven’t read first 4 books in the Dark Tower series, I would not recommend reading this book. Although they advertise it as a stand alone novel, there are a lot of references to the previous events and some thing that are just skimmed here, are explained in previous books. But if you like fantasy and you are looking for a something different (like bad-ass cowboy main hero), give The Gunslinger a try, I think you will not be disappointed.
I recommend this book only to the fans of Dark Tower series.