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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three: (Volume 2) by Stephen King

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List Price: £9.99


Paperback: 496 Pages.

Published: 16 February 2012 by Hodder Paperbacks

ISBN: 1444723456

EAN: 9781444723458

In the second novel of Stephen King's bestselling fantasy masterpiece, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, encounters three mysterious doors which open - for Roland, and Roland alone - to different times in our world. He must draw the three who should accompany him on the road.

In 1980s New York, Roland joins forces with defiant Eddie Dean. The second door leads to the 1960s and conflicted civil rights activist Odetta Holmes. The final door reveals Jack Mort, a deadly serial killer, in the 1970s. Mort is stalking Jake, the young boy Roland met in Mid-World.

As titanic forces gather, a savage struggle between underworld evil and otherworldly enemies threatens to bring an end to Roland's journey toward the Dark Tower...



4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Very much part of a series

Where the first book in this series was mystical this book is very different. The gunslinger is going to draw three people to him from our world. Each of them comes from a different part of twentieth century history and all of them have problems. The gunslinger finds himself in their life and has to bring them over into his world but it is not easy or straightforward and to do it he has to inhabit the mind of two women and a serial killer.

Apart from the fact that a couple of the same characters from the first book also appear in this novel there isn't much connection between the two books. It is also difficult at this stage to see where the overall story arc is going. It seems very much as though this is just one building block in a greater story and that we won't really understand everything until we get to the end - I really hope that it all ties together then ! For that reason the story in this book is a little unsatisfying although the author does resolve the issues which arise here.

The book is enjoyable enough to read but the fact that I am not sure exactly what is going on overall rather muted that enjoyment. If I reread it after reading the whole series I may find it more satisfying.

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

The creation of the Ka-tet.

The second volume of a series of seven. The Dark Tower is a fantasy story, set in another world.

This story picks up from where book 1, The Gunslinger, finishes. At the end of the first book Roland learns that he must find three accomplices to help him on his quest to find the Dark Tower and this book tells us how that is done. We are effectively given three mini stories, two of which interlink and the main story serves to link the three.

I was left unconvinced about the love story that develops between two of the main characters and felt the actual reason they were attracted was more of need and reliance than of actual attraction. The fact that the woman loved the guy just felt false given her character.

I hope I am not giving too much away when I reveal that one of the three is a wheelchair user and I found the level of research into what this actually means in terms of the story extraordinary. As a wheelchar user myself, I usually find that movement of the wheelchair is often protrayed as if it were a tank taking every terrain in its stride until it suited the story to be otherwise. Not so here, each terrain presents it's own, authentic, problems and even the weight of the chair was taken into account. It is details like this that elevate this series.

Terrific stuff.

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