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Why You Should Read The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

Discover Stephen King's spellbinding, shocking and sensational Dark Tower series, which has now been adapted into a major film and TV show. See below for all the reasons we think you can't miss the engrossing Dark Tower books, guaranteed to provide a thrilling and unforgettable adventure...

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What's it all about?

The first book of the series begins with the iconic line: 'The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.' This intriguing sentence sets the very first scene of the Last Gunslinger's epic adventure.

The 'gunslinger' is Roland of Gilead, an enigmatic but powerful individual intent on undertaking a perilous journey towards the Dark Tower, pursuing the 'Man in Black'.

The world through which he must travel is desolate and wild, and features unsettling resonances with our own.

But Roland will not remain alone. In the first book, he meets a kid from New York named Jake with whom he forges a close friendship, and throughout the books, he encounters a diverse range of characters, including sinister strangers, vital companions, and, of course, killers...

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So why should you read the series?

1) Whether you're into science fiction, fantasy, Western, horror, adventure... this series has something for you!

The saga brilliantly fuses elements from a range of popular genres, so it's no wonder it's garnered such a vast and varied fan-base. Plus, with eight Dark Tower novels to enjoy, this is a series you can truly immerse yourself in.

2) It's been adapted into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

It's always better to read the books first though, so be sure to get reading before seeing the film! But that's not all: a TV series based on the fourth Dark Tower book, Wizard and Glass, will follow the film (and it's sure to be binge-worthy).

3) The Dark Tower series is thought to be Stephen King's 'magnum opus' - the author has said so himself.

So, whether you're already a Stephen King fan or new to his ingenious, imaginative works, this is the next series for you!

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4) If you're a Harry Potter fan, you can't miss these books. Just look out for the references to J. K. Rowling's own spellbinding series...

In the fifth Dark Tower book, Wolves of the Calla, the font used for the chapter titles is used in all 7 Harry Potter books. Plus, the golden grenades the eponymous wolves use are called 'sneetches' (sound familiar to a certain Quidditch essential...?) and are stamped with the serial number 465-11-AA HPJKR (standing for Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling).

5) The Dark Tower series is highly-acclaimed with outstanding reviews from critics.

For example, James Smythe of the Guardian concludes his review of the first book, The Gunslinger, by writing: 'The first line is near-perfect; and the rest of the book follows suit.' Joe Hartlaub of Book Reporter writes that the 'epic tale of Roland the Gunslinger and his pursuit of the Dark Tower stands on its own as an exciting tale that is full of mystery and told in rich and descriptive language'. Tasha Robinson of A. V. Club writes that 'The Dark Tower is a monumental adventure that echoes King's best work'.

So... what are you waiting for? Check out the Dark Tower series - a fantastical, phenomenal, weird and wondrous Wild West adventure - and lose yourself in Stephen King's striking saga.

The Dark Tower books in order:

1. The Gunslinger (first published 1982; revised edition 2003)

2. The Drawing of the Three (1987)

3. The Waste Lands (1991)

4. Wizard and Glass (1997)

4.5. The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)

5. Wolves of the Calla (2003)

6. Song of Susannah (2004)

7. The Dark Tower (2004)

...or buy The Dark Tower Collection and get them all in one go.