Title: The Drawing of the Three
Author: Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower #2
Pages: 406 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
Beginning with a short story appearing in “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction” in 1978, the publication of Stephen King’s epic work of fantasy-what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus-has spanned a quarter of a century.
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, “The Dark Tower” series is King’s most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. In November 2003, the fifth installment, “Wolves of the Calla,” will be published under the imprint of Donald M. Grant, with distribution and major promotion provided by Scribner. “Song of Susannah,” Book VI, and “The Dark Tower,” Book VII, will follow under the same arrangement in 2004. With these last three volumes finally on the horizon, readers-countless King readers who have yet to delve into “The Dark Tower” and a multitude of new and old fantasy fans-can now look forward to reading the series straight through to its stunning conclusion. Viking’s elegant reissue of the first four books ensures that for the first time “The Dark Tower” will be widely available in hardcover editions for this eager readership.
This is book 2 in The Dark Tower series and where things really start happening. Book one is basically just the set up for what’s to come. While book 1 is slow going I still think it should be read just know that once you get through it things definitely pick up.
I don’t really have much to say about this book. It’s definitely a step up from the first book but I still can’t give it a full five stars because it did lag at times and I am still left with so many questions. I expect them to be answered eventually but still I don’t like not knowing what is going on or what the purpose is.
I also have to applaud King for having a character that is a double amputee and in a wheelchair. I can relate to this and I love seeing myself represented in a book. While he didn’t really dive deep into the character I think what he included was done very well and never came off as offensive to me.