The Gunslinger by Stephen King

  • Title: The Gunslinger
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Series: The dark tower series book 1 of 7
  • Would recommend to: fans of Stephen King, spaghetti westerns or fantasy.
  • Available in library?: Yes

The Gunslinger“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Stephen King calls this series his magnum opus; and for good reason. An epic tale that draws from source stories you would never really imagine could work together: Arthurian legend, The Lord of the Rings and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (and British rock bands, it seems).

The novel chronicles the journey of Roland Deschain, the last of an order of peacekeepers known as the Gunslingers, as he searches for a mysterious place known as the Dark Tower. To achieve this goal, he must track down the Man in Black, an enigmatic character who works for the master of the Dark Tower. Along the way, he must face moral dilemmas, which he deals with in unorthodox ways. (Not revealing anything, but some of the things Roland does are genuinely shocking.)

The Gunslinger was a great book. Who would have thought that the fantasy and western genres would have worked so well together? Memorable characters, a bleak, post-apocalyptic setting and a plot that is seemingly simple but slowly grows into something great and mysterious; this book has it all and melds them together fantastically.

I look forward to reading the next book and continuing this great series!

For information on Stephen King and his other works, visit his website here.

Books in order

  1. The Gunslinger
  2. The Drawing of the Three
  3. The Waste Lands
  4. Wizard and Glass
  5. 4.5 The Wind through the Keyhole (Officially the 8th book but chronologically 4.5)
  6. Wolves of the Calla
  7. Song of Susannah
  8. The Dark Tower VII
  9. Prequel to The gunslinger: Little Sisters of Eluria (Short story)

What now?


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