Book Review: Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower Series) by Stephen King

Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower V)Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After taking a break from progressing the plot of the Dark Tower series with ‘Wizard and Glass,’ Stephen King returns to form with ‘Wolves of Calla.’

If you’ve read the previous books you can start to see how things are coming together. Snippets of seemingly meaningless subtext in previous books make their way to the forefront of the plot. The past, present, and future collide for the reader just as it does for the characters. King sets up future battles over Susannah, the rose, the Crimson King, and the internal struggles of each character.

Of all the Dark Tower books so far, I enjoyed this one the most. As always, there are some head-scratcher moments (like the Dr. Doom lookalikes wielding light sabers) but they’re not ridiculous enough to turn off the reader. In fact they make you want to know what is going on even more. Even with the highs and lows of the series I’ve committed to reading the entire series. I find myself wanting to get to the Dark Tower almost as much as the characters, which I suppose was the author’s intent.

I won’t ruin it for you but the final dialogue before the book ends is really humorous. Stephen King dares to meld his fiction with his reality in an intriguing and amusing way.

If you’re plugging away in this series and you’re not sure if you should keep going after ‘Wizard and Glass’ then I recommend you keep going! This book is worth it!

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