Overview (No Spoilers):
While reading Wizard and Glass, fully immersed in the story and reveling in the mysteries finally being unraveled, I found myself reflecting back on how far this story has developed since The Gunslinger. It is no secret that I was wholly unamused by the first installment of The Dark Tower series, however I’ve come to realize that this series is not about the initial steps but the journey as a whole, with each subsequent novel further building this intriguing literary world. This series is a great example as to why I have such a hard time not finishing out even mediocre series as one or two books rarely represent the author’s master vision. However, let me be clear, this is by no means a run-of-the-mill series. In the fourth book of The Dark Tower series, we finally find out Roland’s backstory, well at least a key part of it. Alas, his tale is just as heartbreaking as previously alluded to. Along the same thread, we finally are introduced to Roland’s childhood companions, Cuthbert and Alain, who we’d only been given hints to thus far in the series. Oh, and by being completely caught up thinking and writing about Roland’s backstory, I totally forgot that the delightfully devastating cliffhanger The Waste Lands left us in was resolved in the beginning of Wizard and Glass in a most appropriately suspenseful fashion. Overall, Wizard and Glass was fast paced action throughout, while simultaneously unveiling Roland’s murky past and the parallels that exist between his two ka-tets.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- How will Rhea come back to haunt Roland throughout this story? Is she still alive? If only they had dispensed of her the first time around. It was terrible sad when Roland killed his mom. What did his father say?
- How do Cuthbert and Alain end up dying? I kept waiting for one of them to die throughout this story. Where will their story go next?
- Ugh, poor, poor Susan. Her fate was just awful! Roland had even known that she was carrying his child. He could have at least been planning to bring her back to his parents.
- What happened to the Wizard’s Glass? What would happen if someone had actually broken it?
- I loved the Wizard of Oz connection! Also, the blatant connection with The Stand. Will they meet up with Mother Abagail at some point?
- It was a bit anticlimactic when they killed the Tick Tock Man. What was the point of the Ageless Man bringing him along?
- How did they ‘sleep walk’ so far outside of the Emerald City?