Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Wind through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel-Stephen King

The Wind through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel

Stephen King

Scribner, Apr 24 2012, $27.00

ISBN: 9781451658903

Roland Deschain the gunslinger and his fellow travelers (Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy) cross the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies when a monster storm strikes. The band takes shelter. While waiting for the nasty weather to pass, Roland tells his companions about an incident from his past.

In the year after his mother died, Roland’s father orders his teenage son to investigate the rumors of a homicidal shape-shifting “skin-man” in Debaria. Roland meets teen Bill Streeter, the only witness to the horrid serial killer’s rampage. To calm the frightened lad, Roland tells Bill the legend of Tim Stoutheart from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his late mom used to read to him.

This is a brilliant return to the completed adventures of the Dark Tower as Stephan King deftly slips in a tale that occurs between books 4 and 5 (see Wizard and Glass, and Wolves of the Calla). Mindful of F. Paul Wilson’s Young Repairman Jack’s Secret Histories, this exhilarating clever tale inside a tale works nicely as each story is well written, totally contained, does not alter the end of the saga, yet also brings thrillingly to life the teen years of Roland.

Harriet Klausner

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