Released yesterday is the new book in Stephen King's acclaimed series, The Dark Tower. This book, The Wind Through the Keyhole, hit the shelves yesterday, April 24 from Scribner. While the eighth book to be published in this series, this book is in retrospect and takes place as book 4 1/2 between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla.
Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the
spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his
most beguiling achievement.
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake,
Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm
just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies.
As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just
one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his
own troubled past.
In his early days as a gunslinger, in the
guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his
father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a
“skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes
charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole
surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager
himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s
trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that
his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for
stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too
old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the
legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story
that lives for us.
King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained
momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when
the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is
sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also
stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey
to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s