It is no wonder that in the prologue of the first gunslinger novel King warns that this is a story that he will not live long enough to finish because having read the first four and listened to the last three I would have thought the same if I were the author.
This final chapter of the Dark Tower series brings with it several levels of finality some of a happy nature and others quite sad but each one leaves the reader with a sense of correctness or "KA". This was one of the first times I ever wished one of Kings novels were longer as he tends to be quite verbose. I will miss this group of gunslingers as they have become like family to me along with the reader of the novel I do not think I will find another one that I like better.
You MUST have read or listened to the other 6 books prior to reading this one and if you do this will be a wonderful ending to a rich and detailed story following the lives of vibrant characters especially the magical mystical qualities of Roland who is the brave leader of this Ka-Tet.
Highly recommended and a long road well traveled.
Read book 3 first. then went to 1,2 and re-listened to 3. then 4,5,6 and 7. All in all the series was good. I will say regarding this book I did not like the way it ended. The ride was fun, but unlike some reviews I did not expect the ending that was written, but if you read up to 6 I would say you must do 7. I enjoyed all the characters and wish the story could have gone on longer.
My Mother is blind and I share all the books with her. She also enjoys horrer and King is one of OUR favorite authors. She also listened to all 7 books and was also unhappy with the way it ended. She also did not like the character of the writer that was put in the book. I have spoke to several people who have read or reading 7. Am getting mixed feeling, some pleased, some not. But no one likes the way it ends.
I have read just about every book Stephen King has written. I began the DT series in the early 70's, never imagining the roller coaster I had jumped upon. I think this is King's best work. He ties up the loose ends and brings finality to almost everything. If you read his other books, you will appreciate how he has woven the DT into them.
The ending is perfect. It could be an end, continuation, or new beginning. I'm torn between wanting it to end and dreading the thought of not having the incredible Roland in my life any longer.
I think I may listen to the series again!
This a must read for all King fans. Real fans. The reason I kept with King all of these years is because I didn't want every book I picked up to have a happy ending. If you do, don't read King. I think there are long passages in this saga where King got tired of writing this tale, but I think he knew the final chapter long before it was written. I am sure there are many who won't read it that know exactly the feeling that Rowland has at the end. I have had it a few times myself. The journey is a great one, and you get the sense that this journey has consumed King for many years and he is greatful for the final telling. I can't condem him for that. After reading this book, I am still a King fan and always will be. I can honestly say I was not dissapointed.
The entire DT series...what impresses me most after now having read the saga to its end, is that when I return to the first book (read them the first time, now will enjoy listening to them a second time) I find "future" references that didn't make sense the first time through, because it's talking about something that happens later. What it means is King has had this entire several-thousand-page epic in his head all the while, start to finish. Amazing.
Hello, I am an avid, when I have time, reader and have been with Audible since 2002. I have a vision problem which makes it hard to read books, so the audible format is a God Send!
I have just finished the Dark Tower VII Book. It has been a long journey for me since the first book. I have waited for years to this end. If Ca is a wheel, and it is, then I am destined to read it through again.
If you have joined me in reading the rest of the books, then you are drawn as the members of the Tet. I don?t have words to describe the journey that my mind has been on during the reading of these books. I am sure you share this feeling with me.
Mr. King, If you ever read these reviews? Accept the thanks of one reader, a legally blind music teacher. You have given me years of memories and dreams of Child Roland and the Tet. Long Days and Pleasant Nights.
King entered a dangerous realm when he wrote himself into the plot, but this book closes the journey in a way that both left me satisfied and wanting more. I recommend to all that you embark on the story of Roland and his Ka-Tet and pull down the first tome and let the genius of King make you consider what really turns the world. All seven books will take you about 3 months of casual reading and the ending will bring you to tears of joy and sorrow in a way that only King can.
Let me say this first: this book is by no means pefect. While King's writing ability has certainly approved with age, he still suffers from meandering plots and the enraging ability to prattle on about a whole lot of nothing. That being said, Dark Tower 7 is by far one of the best books in this series, certainly better than the last two, but not quite as good as books 1-3. There was a real emotional under-current throughout this entire book. It's almost as if King himself has used this series to exorcise some major demons in his own life. At times, I had to put this book down and rest simply because of the emotional impact of events in the story. I don't know what King has planned post-Roland, but I'm not sure it can ever live up to these books -- his magnum opus. Say thankya, big big.