For readers new to The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. The Dark Tower is now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba.
The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller The Wind through the Keyhole is a perfect bridge between the fourth and fifth novels in Stephen King's epic masterpiece. A story within a story which features both the younger and older gunslinger, it is also a wonderful introduction to The Dark Tower series.
As Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet leave the Emerald city, a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. While they shelter from the starkblast, Roland tells a story about his younger days, when he was sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-changer.
At the scene of the crime he had tried to comfort a terrified young boy called Bill Streeter by reciting a story from The Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, 'The Wind through the Keyhole'.
'A person's never too old for stories,' he said to Bill. 'Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.'
And stories like these, they live for us.
JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...
THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL
King returns to the Mid-World of his Dark Tower series in this gory but hopeful set of nested tales. As gunslinger Roland Deschain and his companions quest toward the Dark Tower, Roland tells a story of his early days as a gunslinger, hunting down a murderous shape-shifter on a rampage. Within that tale is a fairy tale Roland tells to a young boy about Tim, a very brave boy tricked into a dangerous quest by an evil man. Tim's adventure is pitch-perfect, capturing both the feel of Mid-World and the perilous nature of a fairy story. Its placement within the quest works beautifully, and it propels the story of the shape-shifter and the child who holds the key to its identity. Even those who aren't familiar with the series will find the conclusion both satisfying and moving. This gripping novel is sure to put King back on the bestseller lists.
This is book 4.5, it's not 0.5!!
This book should be read between book 4 and book 5. iTunes has got it incorrectly numbered.
The actual "book" 0.5 is called The Little Sisters of Eluria and can be found in the short story anthology titled Everything's Eventual.
The Wind through the Keyhole
It's a shame that this came out of series, but a welcome return to Roland's world. Although do not expect much of a story about our enigmatic gunslinger. Focus is on the story of the title about a boy called Tim and his battle against one of the Red King's emissaries. Brilliant and reminds me so much of SK's previous child heroes in IT.
Yet again SK alludes much to tales still to be told about Mid World and touches upon Mid World-Earth connection in the story within the story. Which does live you somewhat frustrated for SK to write more. But I suppose he is only human and we must wait patiently for the next strand of the Tower to be woven intricately into his novels.
Thoroughly recommended but if you have never touched SK's gunslinger novels, now is the time to start with The Tower 1 because if you don't read The Tower series SK is just another horror writer. Save this one for reading between Tower 4 and 5.
A nice little addition to the dark tower series. I love the way the three tales are folded into each other. It's like being brought down into hypnosis and then brought back up.
Well done Steve o. More of the same. Battle of Jericho hill?