Author: Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower, Book 5
"..Gilead has been dust in the wind for a thousand years."
Synopsis: Roland Deschain and his "ka-tet" are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise.
In this long-awaited fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World's borderlands. Beyond the town, the rocky ground rises toward the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community's soul. One of the town's residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie, and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland's world. As Father Callahan tells the "ka-tet" the astonishing story of what happened following his shamed departure from Maine in 1977, his connection to the Dark Tower becomes clear, as does the danger facing a single red rose in a vacant lot off Second Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
For Calla Bryn Sturgis, danger gathers in the east like a storm cloud. The Wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to, and they can give the "Calla-folken" both courage and cunning. Their guns, however, will not be enough.
Review: I had forgotten how exciting this book is. It's an incredibly thrilling story and very sad in places. It also leaves you in a bit of a cliff-hanger, so I've already started the next book. I'd promised myself that I'd space these novels out throughout the year but, like Roland, I'm getting near to the Dark Tower and, really, I can't stop now. This is especially true because I have only read this book once before.
I'd forgotten that Father Callahan (from Salem's Lot) had such an important role to play. He came to Roland's world in 1983. He becomes a part of the ka-tet and his story is eerily familiar to the rest of the group. So many coincidences are beginning to happen. It's obvious that the Tower is near. Roland would call it ka and he'd be right.
Unlike the beginning books of the series, there wasn't much of a wait for the next novel so I didn't need to re-read it. This and the last two books that follow it will hold many surprises for me, I'm sure of it, since I always find new things even in the ones I've read several times.
I can't wait.
Review: 10 / 10