"great Dark Tower story"
After recuperating from the final door confrontation (see
THE DRAWING OF THE THREE), Roland trains Eddie and Susannah
on how to survive as gunslingers. All goes well until a
seventy-foot-tall bear attacks Eddie. Susannah and
Roland team up to kill the bear, who actually is one of the
twelve guardians of the beams.
The gunslingers follow the bear's trail, which takes them
to a portal that enables the trio to follow the Beam, a
of energy that connects pairs of portals with the center
being the Dark Tower. They now know the way, but it may be
too late. Roland seems to be losing his mind as a paradox
he caused by saving Jake's life on earth has begun to eat
at his brain because dual memories of death and rescue seem
impossible. They need Jake to complete the team, but to
do so they must construct a door where a demon resides.
The third book in Stephen King's great Dark Tower series
continues the adventures of Roland, but this time he has
associates to help him complete his quest. Though well
written and quite exciting, THE WASTE LANDS somewhat feels
like a middle book needed to move the tale forward. Still,
Mr. King shows why he is more than just a horror guru as he
displays his talent as a fantastic fantasist with this
novel and the first two books in this strong allegorical
series that stands up well with his best works.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 24, 2003