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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King | Book Review

I went into this novel with a little trepidation. I had heard some people say it was excellent, while others hated this first entry. Luckily, I’m firmly in the former camp. The first novel in The Dark Tower series, the story revolves around the titular gunslinger (Roland Deschain) as he traverses his world to find and defeat the Man in Black. Throughout this entry into a harsh, fantastical world, the reader also gets to learn more about Roland’s back story and how he became a gunslinger.

The writing is absolutely beautiful and evocative. I felt like I was there with Roland, and I was enraptured by the world this first novel sets up. My only complaint is that by the time the book ended, I was fully hooked and needed to know what was going to happen next. Right now, I’m dangling off a literary cliff as I type this. I just felt like there could have been a little more added to the story to flesh out the experience (while still leaving readers hungry to snap up the next installment).

Overall, I loved this fantasy/Western novel, and thought the writing was exquisite. I just need the next book now, since this installment left me hanging majorly…

VERDICT: 4/5

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