While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland, the last gunslinger, encounters three mysterious doorways on the beach. Each one enters into the life of a different person living in contemporary New York.
Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.
The overall ideas in this book are great and parts of it were really interesting/fun, but the majority of it was not well executed. There were parts that had me questioning if King has actually ever met another human being before or if all of his knowledge is just from extreme cartoons.
Seriously – Odetta Holmes? I was literally cringing while reading her parts. She left me feeling like King needed to apologize to women in general and black women in particular.
Initially, I was picking this book up again to keep reading out of curiosity, but for the last third I was picking it up more because “It needs to be finished,” and I know the addition of Odetta Holmes was the turning point. I’m shocked I stuck with is as long as I did (three months!!) as I usually DNF a book that I can’t get through within a month.
When I first finished this I gave it three stars because I was still interested enough in the overall story/world to eventually pick up the next one and this series is so deeply beloved in the fantasy community I feel like I really have to stick with it.
However, more than two years all I remember about this book is how disappointed I was in the cheap characters and poor writing and how cringingly racist the portrayal of Odetta Holmes is. And while I do still think I’ll eventually read the next book (giving this book one last shot due to its staggering reputation), it hasn’t even been on my radar. A fact that is just sad considering that I am a sucker for a series.