Book Review 199 // The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

Seems like an age ago when I read the first title, but I finally found the second in the Dark Tower series titled The Drawing of the Three. I hope this will be an enjoyable read and bounce me into wanting to buy the third.

Title: The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2)

Author: Stephen King

Blurb: While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland, the last gunslinger, encounters three mysterious doorways on the beach. Each one enters into a different person's life in contemporary New York.

Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.

Once again, Stephen King has masterfully interwoven dark, evocative fantasy and icy realism.

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Details: 463 pages, Paperback

Review

So what to say about dark fantasy, Stephen King's novel. Well, not much sadly. The book picks up from the first (always a good start) and has the Gunslinger continuing his march to the Dark Tower. But the fun Western-themed setting and Desert is gone replaced by a beach full of weird lobsters.

Ultimately as we slowly watch Roland die, he passes through three strange not really there doors, that allow him into the World that was. Here he gets to share a body and help guide them through their troubles before whisking them into his world. By doing this Roland starts to collect a ragtag group of companions to hopefully help reach the tower.

Now, this title has some highlights, but ultimately this was a slow, filler piece. It felt like he had to introduce new characters into the series, so just stuffed this title and its magic doors in. I am sure I am missing something with this title, so if I am please let me know.

Definitely an improvement in writing style from King compared to the short stories. But I feel more connected and excited by book one compared to this one. I have been warned multiple times that book three onwards the series improves so I am going to risk it and try and find book three at a thrift store but honestly I am in no rush.

Have you read this title? What are your thoughts? Let me know.

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