My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you continued on in the Dark Tower series after the subpar book 1, then you are in for a real treat. “The Drawing of the Three” is unique, well-written, and enjoyable. It’s adventurous overtones more than makes up for the utter confusion of “The Gunslinger.”
In this book we get a better picture of the mystical world of Roland Deschain. It’s also where we meet a few new characters who will play huge roles in the coming books.
On the verge of death throughout the entire book Roland comes across three doors which enter into our world at various times throughout history. The path is set for Roland and he must find a way to save his life. Along the way he finds he must save the lives of a few others as well.
The real genius of the book comes from the interactions of Roland with those in this strange world. Imagine taking a a cowboy from the Wild West and placing him in 1980’s New York City on a life or death mission. When Roland takes over the body of the sadistic Jack Mort, King’s penchant for dark humor really takes over. Roland’s attempts to converse with the gun shop owner, the police, and other characters is really humorous. I found this to be the highlight of the book.
This book really is the beginning of the Dark Tower series. If the entire series is a back and forth of highs and lows, I’d say this one was a high.