Overview (No Spoilers):
The Drawing of the Three is a prime example as to why you should continue in a series that the vast majority of individuals rave about despite loathing the introductory novel. The Gunslinger earned one of the lowest ratings I’ve dolled out on the Critiquing Chemist, as I was frustrated throughout with the one dimensional world building and the snail’s pace. Needless to say, I was less than enthusiastic regarding picking up the next installment, however right from the onset this book picked up a completely different pace, unapologetically jarring the reader from the stupor they had previously been lulled. King has the story resume with our Gunslinger finding himself shortly in dire straits, and the edge of your seat action continuing through the remainder of the book. Moreover, King showcases his unique world building skills by introducing novel viewpoints and perspectives that lay the foundation for Roland’s world and its connection with our own, while still maintaining a thick veil of secrecy to lead us into book three. We are introduced to a handful of well developed characters that add depth to both Roland and the adventure at hand. Thus far, two books into The Dark Tower series it feels as though King is maneuvering pieces in a chess game. The first installment involved toying with a few expendable pawns, with The Drawing of the Three bringing forth a few of the key pieces, defining the character direction of the series. Overall, when fellow readers continually give a series high acclaim, there has to be a reason behind the praise, as such keep reading even if the pilot is less than inspiring. I’m excited to see where book three takes our three musketeers.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- At one point, in the car heading to Balazar’s it is mentioned that Roland and Eddie are going to the Tower. Also, significant time is spent describing the gang leader’s towers of cards that he was building. Is that the Tower in Eddie’s world or just a hint that Roland was on the correct path? Are their multiple Towers?
- The crab monsters were horrifying. The scenes with them, especially when they were attacking were brutal and hard to read!
- Will Roland have to sacrifice Eddie or Susannah? Will it be like Jake all over again?
- I really enjoyed Roland’s adventure into Eddie’s world. I was a little disappointed that he did not spend more time in Susannah or Jack’s world.
- It was interesting that Roland had to kill the pusher, Jack. How was that crime spree/death explained away in the world?
- Or for that matter, how was Susannah’s disappearance explained? Her scenes were a little confusing because it felt like there were flashbacks, upon flashbacks. What will her poor chauffeur think regarding her disappearance?
- Roland saved Jake from getting pushed. Was Jake actually saved in that world or does he still end up in Roland’s world?