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Every so often a book comes along that sucks you in so much that it becomes a part of your life. You start putting reading that book ahead of other, normal things- like sleeping. You start to see the characters in your everyday life and wonder what they would do in your place.

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King is definitely one of those books. I’m up to the second last book and I am torn- I can’t wait to read the next one but I’m dreading finishing the series. The heroes of the tale have enamoured themselves to me, despite their flaws and I really don’t want to see them go.

To me these books are different to the other Stephen King books I’ve read. The phenomenal writing is still there but somehow the story is different. If you’ve enjoyed Stephen King’s other books- go an buy this one, if you haven’t enjoyed his other books, buy this one anyway- you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

The main character is a grizzled gunslinger like that starring in any beloved Western, and as the story progresses he gathers a band that anyone could relate to. The story progression is so smooth that you won’t even notice yourself being pulled into the world of The Dark Tower. Soon the strange coincidences that play such a big part in the story and the characters’ lives will begin to pop up in yours.

Those that have read it will understand these that I have picked up from my own life: Have you noticed that the wizard of Oz has just come out in cinemas? What about that the Merlin series has just come to an end? The biggest of them all, as I write this it is the 16th of March (3) = 19. A person could go mad if they thought about it too long (I could name many others but I don’t want to spoil it for those that haven’t read it yet!)

Without a doubt this book is 5 stars, it appeals in such an intrinsic way, could be enjoyed by readers of almost any genre and is written with phenomenal skill. Trust me, go right now and buy this book (even if it’s just the first one)- you’re bound to get hooked.

For those that have read it, how has The Dark Tower entered your life? Have 19, Oz, trains or wolves affected you? Tell me about it below- surely I can’t be the only one?



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