Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series of novels are among his most popular, but those who’ve yet to try the epic saga may feel a bit intimidated at the prospect of diving into this series of seven novels that weave together the genres of Western, mystery, fantasy, folklore and horror in a dense story cycle.
If that sounds like you, then you might want to give the audiobook edition of King’s new Dark Tower novel, The Wind Through The Keyhole, a try. It’s described as an excellent introduction to both the story and tone of the Dark Tower saga, so after listening to it you’ll know if the entire Dark Tower series is for you. From Audible:
For those discovering the epic best-selling Dark Tower series for the first time—and for its legions of dedicated fans—here is an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and perfect introduction to the series.
Beginning in 1974, gaining momentum in the 1980s and coming to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004, the Dark Tower epic fantasy saga stands as Stephen King’s most beguiling achievement. It has been the basis for a long-running Marvel comic series.
Now, with The Wind Through the Keyhole, King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man”, Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” he says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.”
Sure to captivate the avid fans of the Dark Tower epic, this is an enchanting introduction to Roland’s world and the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.
The audiobook edition is narrated by Stephen King himself, and carries an average review rating of 4.2/5 stars across 28 ratings. The Wind Through The Keyhole is also available in a Kindle edition, from Amazon.