My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you’ve made it this far in the series then congratulations! The light is at the end of the tunnel and hopefully some closure on this epic series. The action really picks up in this book and overall it’s a good page turner.
You can see the books (for the most part) get stronger as the series continues. Written over a 30 year period, the style changes with the growing skills of the author. At this point you’ll see much more confident writing from the mishmash that was “The Gunslinger,” the first book in the series.
I was also relieved to see a resolution to the Mia pregnancy storyline. I was rather tired of the constant back and forth between the characters on the mysteriousness of the “chap” and its birth.
Most people have a strong opinion on Stephen King inserting himself into the book. For this it is a failure on the part of the author. He made the crux of the book about himself, which an author not writing an autobiography really should not do. For me, I felt the writing concerning himself was forced and awkward at times. He loves to play on the this theme of writers creating life through their craft (See The Dark Half) and while it is fascinating at times, it’s just not that intriguing to throw it into the Dark Tower series.
My advice is to not let this ruin the book or the series for you. Take it as it is and move on. It’s still a well written book with exciting and emotional action scenes.