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The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel - Stephen King
I was always a little bit disappointed with how Stephen King's The Dark Tower ended. It was all just a little bit lame, as though the author had rushed things a bit: I think he wanted to finish the series before he died, but I think he should have waited for inspiration instead and what if he died before it was over? Chaucer never finished The Canterbury Tales, did he? But although I was disappointed with how The Dark Tower ended, I enjoyed the series as a whole and was actually quietly excited about the release of The Wind Through The Keyhole, a stand-alone novel in the series that was released in 2012, eight years after book seven (The Dark Tower) was released. I liked the characters, you see, and I felt it would be nice to rediscover them.
The Wind through the Keyhole is, like I said a stand-alone novel between the events of book 4 and book 5. Roland and his gang take shelter from a severe storm and he tells a story of when he was a young man and had to go on a quest to free a village from a psychotic shape-shifter. He is tasked to look after a boy who witnessed one of the crimes, and while he does he tells the boy the story of the Wind Through The Keyhole, which I guess is the main story for the book. The who novel is, in fact, a story within a story within a story...
A bit of background would be needed for who Roland and his crew are for this book to make much sense to a new reader of the series. Roland of Gilead is the last gunslinger in a world that runs parallel to our world. Here the world has moved on, but Roland has a quest to reach the Dark Tower and recruits three others from our world to help him: a cripple with a split personality, an ex drug user and a boy who died... but didn't. How he recruits these is described in early books of the series. Here in this book, they have been recruited and know exactly what to do.
The series consists of:
The Drawing of the Three
Wizard and Glass
Wolves of Calla
A Song for Susannah
The Dark Tower
I won't give too much away about the series in case you want to read it!
The Wind Through the Keyhole is about another boy, called Tim, who lives in a forest with his parents. His father is an axe-man, but one day does not return for a days work. He is killed by a dragon, his best friend witnesses this. Soon after, to stop them from being evicted from the village, Tim's mother marries his father's best friend. But he turns out to be a wife-beater and the actual killer of his father. The boy goes on a quest to find a cure to his mother who has gone blind following a beating from his step-father. Here we the reader meet some old friends (or foes).
The story told, Roland the younger tried to find the shape-shifter and the story is told and the storm is over.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel. King's prose is at its usual best and it was a good read. If anything, the story moved a little bit slow in some parts and was a bit overly descriptive. This did not hamper the story though.
Summary: In 7 words: Exciting, well-written, padded, enjoyable, sad, heroic & magical