Great climax to the series. I do take issue with the way Stephen King chose to end it, however. Not the ending itself, which I thought was perfect, but the way he chose to do it. I guess you're going to have to read it to understand what I'm talking about.
Great book and a perfect end to Stephen King's greatest accomplishment! Roland and company will always be some of my favorite characters in literature and I'm sorry I waited this long to read these books!
Allright, yes this book was hard. It's hard to see the people that you've come to love melt away. Yes, the ending is very hard. This series is worth it. I started reading King's books when I was 11. 22 years ago. I moved on and read all kinds of other books. When I turned 28 I went back to him to read this series. These are his best books. I loved the story line. I loved and feared Roland. I recommend this series of books to anyone.
It was a terrific end to the series. Like Mr. King warns at the end, if you like the way the story ends at the point right before his Coda, don't read on...I wish I hadn't...other than that, IT IS TERRIFIC! In my opinion, it lags in one or two short spots, but after those it picks right up again. Some familiar characters make cameo appearances...AMAZING!
I think Stephen King ran out of steam on this series...after 30 years I really can't blame him. But the ending was just so LAME! Mr. King, REALLY? Was this your best effort? Come on! And then to chastise the readers that continued to read? "Its not about the destination, but the journey". He totally shoe-horned the horn of Jericho Hill into the story, and I can almost guarantee it was at the urging of some editor that told him, "Dude, REALLY? That's it?" Mr. King, people gave up real time to read these 7 books. And you wrote the ending as if you were mad at the reader for wanting more...I was very disappointed.
All good things must come to an end, Constant Reader, and not even Stephen King can make a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.
Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room - really a chamber of horrors - in Thunderclap's Fedic; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and Sixty-first with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters.
Thus the book opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. You've come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.
The narrator who tells the story has soul,man.Real soul! Mordred is always in the back of your mind throughout the story.The ending seemed to quick and easy,but who knows what lies ahead! moooooooohhaahhahahahahahahahh
A pilgrimage that began with one lone man's quest to save multiple worlds from chaos and destruction unfolds into a tale of epic proportions. King, in fact, intertwines his own life story deeper and deeper into the tale of Roland and his surrogate family of gunslingers, and, in this final installment, playfully and seductively suggests that it might not be the author who drives the story, but rather the fictional characters that control the author.
Roland must gather up the spread out members of his ka-tet and continue on his quest toward the Dark Tower with a very important side-quest to save the beam from the breakers. The answer of whether or not Roland or any other members of his ka-tet will reach the Dark Tower is finally answered, along with some other very interesting surprises.
This entry in the Dark Tower series totally blew my mind. The writing is powerful, and King artfully weaves all the various plot lines together to make a cohesive whole. I genuinely care for the characters, in spite of their flaws, and found myself crying multiple times (something that usually doesn't happen when I read a story). In spite of enjoying some of the individual books in the series very much, I had been a bit uncertain about the series as a whole. The whole concept of the beams and the tower and the rose was a bit odd to me. I can now unequivocally say that this series is well-worth your time. The ending totally shocked me and simultaneously put the whole series in a new light. I wanted to go back and re-read it instantly. I probably will next year. I can easily see doing that. The bottom line is, if you've already started the series and are uncertain about continuing, definitely do. If you're considering starting the series but are uncertain, know that the time spent reading it is well worth it.
I loved the series up untill this book. It is clear from reading this book that King just got tired of the series and decided to wrap it all up without much thought. If you enjoyed all the other books in this series then do not read this book, let your imagination finish up the story.