Overview (No Spoilers): My journey through The Dark Tower series has finally come to an end. I have delayed for almost two weeks writing this review due to my conflicted feelings regarding this concluding installment. The Dark Tower started off action packed as the events that had been taking place at the end of the Song of Susannah picking back up full steam. However, rather quickly the pace reversed with King spending what felt like the majority of this book making the connections and tying up lose ends. With that being said, from an analytical perspective, the tying together of the remaining plot holes was quite satisfying, albeit it was done so in a way that caused this final novel to have the feel of moving pawns instead of big plays leading up to an action filled climax. Of course eventually our ka-tet finally made their way in the direction of the tower, although the same level of intensity that was lost during the lull was never quite recaptured. I’ll have to admit, King was back to his old antics with heart wrenching deaths resulting in tears a plenty. As someone that loves her happy endings, I find myself still mulling over the final few scenes. While I won’t give away spoilers here, King toyed with what appeared to be a relatively contented ending and turned it on its weary head. Overall, as a fan of many of King’s other works I’m thankful I went on this journey with him to The Dark Tower. This series as a whole was a work of art as it drew forth so many conflicted emotions from the reader, ranging from annoyance at the inaugural The Gunslinger to edge of your seat suspense in Wizard and Glass. Due to King linking all of his novels to this overarching series, the reader can’t help but feel nostalgia when coming across familiar names encountered in previous reads, which simultaneously mingles with pride for identifying the glaring Easter Egg. So, while I’m giving The Dark Tower series as a whole a glowing recommendation, I know I will be pondering that controversial ending for the near future.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- In the end we see Roland starting his journey over again from the beginning line in The Gunslinger. How many times has he repeated this journey? If he begins from The Gunslinger does that mean his youth cannot change?
- When Susannah met back up with Eddie and Jake I couldn’t help but think that this was too happy for a King’s ending.
- I have yet to read King’s Insomnia so I was left at a bit of a disadvantage when Patrick Danville was introduced.
- I thought rather like cheating when Patrick just erased the Crimson King from the story. This was the ultimate evil that the story had been building to and there was no real ending battle scene or conflict.
- Mordred’s death was another one that had been built up and been talked about over and over and over again. However when the end came I had to reread that section again to make sure Roland had really dispatched of his offspring.
- The side of saving King was interesting and definitely suspenseful but felt such a distraction from the end goal of reaching the tower. No wonder his creations hated him so much. Poor Jake.
- Ted Brautigan was another character I missed out on the backstory due to never reading Hearts in Atlantis. Alas the reading list grows ever longer.
- We finally saw the death of Randall Flagg and was it ever gruesome.