The Dark Tower IV-1/2 - Stephen King

The Dark Tower IV-1/2

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2012-04-24
  • Genre: Epic
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,915 Ratings)

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, 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-tetJake, 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 storytelling magic.


  • A solid contribution

    By Brian the Architect
    For fans of the Dark Tower story, there can’t be enough. I am one of those fans. I find it hard to step back and be critical. I love the early gunslinger stories and I’ll take them however I can get them. If you’re new to the story, you’ll find this book lacking. A Grimm horror tale (or two!) loosely embedded in some type of story structure. If you’re part of the ka-tet, then you’ll consume this book in a single sitting and wish for more. Let’s hope the well isn’t dry and there’s more to be told. There will be water if God wills it.
  • Stories within stories within a story

    By Alexisjo92
    These are ,y favorite kind of stories.
  • Excellent Tale!

    By Johnb238
    It was good to visit Midworld again and journey with the Ka-tet. It was like visiting old friends, the ones that you have travelled with and hurt with. Thank you Mr. King for allowing us to follow the Path of the Beam once again! Thankee Sai!!
  • The book

    By Antlermo
  • King at his best.

    By Uriah2014
    What more can I say? Breezy, simple style that flows around deeper currents of meaning. It seems to me that the long short story is his "sweet spot" and this one flows.
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

    By Longjack
    Having read the Dark Tower series twice, I was pleasantly surprised how this fit in! A very good read and it was fun being back with Roland and his K-Tet.
  • Great

    By Disney2241
    Loved it, it Was an awesome book.
  • Ka is indeed a wheel

    By Ireallyhateshacksface
    I accidentally read this last instead of in between wizard and glass and wolves of calla. It was great to see the tet whole again I hope King does another one of these.
  • Enjoyed it

    By rks167
    I am a late comer to the Dark Tower series. Over the last two weeks I've read all of the books in order except for this one. I wanted to read it last as it had been written, long after the conclusion of the series even though the story fits somewhere between the fourth and fifth books. It seemed to me that King was faced with two challenges, the first, reacquainting himself and new readers with the characters he created so long ago, and, second, telling a story that could stand on its own without the remainder of the series to prop it up. Master story teller that he is both challenges were smartly met. I am reminded that like in life, the destination is really nothing more than an excuse for the journey and the journey itself is all that really matters.
  • Perhaps the most beautiful, unforgettable tale from Roland's past...

    By Fallacy00
    The wind through the keyhole, which seems to take up well over half the pages of this whole novel, is one perhaps the most riveting, unforgettable piece of The Gunslinger's rough, sandblasted past. Gave it five stars; beautiful story within a story.