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The Dark Tower I - Stephen King

The Dark Tower I

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 805 Ratings


Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

“An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).


  • The Gunslinger

    By princerjf
    I had to stop after 75 pages of complete nonsense. It makes no sense, nor is there a coherent plot to speak of. I usually like Stephen King, so I would try one of his other novels.
  • Fantastic

    By Icanbarelyread
    Unique world. Tremendous character and world building. Finished it in two days. Couldn’t put it down.
  • Take a journey into his world...

    By ES the horror fan
    The Gunslinger, the first book in Stephen King’s classic series, was a book that had me wondering if I would want to read any other books in the series because of an unfortunate twist that happened near the end of the book. Still, it was a good enough story to make me feel that it might be worth it to read the second book, knowing that if the second book was not much better than this one, I could stop immediately after that book. This is almost entirely a good book, though! I won’t spoil anything that happens, but for readers who are disappointed with the twist that happens so close to the end of the book, the second book definitely makes up for it! It’s the only downside to an otherwise enjoyable start to a series that just gets better with each book! I’ve only read the first four books, but I certainly plan to complete the series(with the exception of the graphic novels; I’m simply not interested.) If you like fantasy-adventure stories, join the gunslinger on his quest!
  • Best story ever told

    By chadisTx
    I’ve read the seven books several times. I still get all the feels in all the same spots. If you haven’t read them, do yourself a favor and start here
  • Plot lines unraveling.

    By Thechoedenkal
    There are too many things in this book that go beyond the fantasy genre and simply don't make sense within the context of this book. In the second book roland and his companions are surviving on "lobster" meat, eating the same food day in and day out but their bodies are susceptible to malnutrition as time wears on because they are not receiving nutrients. None of this happens to roland in the first book even though it is repeatedly stated that he eats the same thing for the vast majority of his journey. This, among so many other things do not tie in well to the overall story.

    By dominiccoracifarm
    Hooooooooooooooooot poop in a good way to me omg it was so good omg omg omg omg omg omg omg
  • Really can’t ask for more.

    By JohnsonWhite7
    Roland is an extremely likable character and he becomes more so further in the series. King is excellent at painting a picture with words and making every character seem.. well.. alive. The movie does the book no justice. It’s quite actually an utter disgrace. Quit whining about the two page preview. It’s $10.. Do yourself a favor. Buy this book.
  • “The Man in Black Fled Across the Desert......”

    By Daniel_A52
    Stephen King’s “The Gunslinger” is “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” meets “Lord of the Rings” in a story that will leave you wanting more. It’s well written, very descriptive and easily some of King’s best work. I definitely recommend reading Marvel’s “Dark Tower” graphic novels to understand the backstory of Roland and other characters. However in later books Roland’s backstory is dived into so if you read the graphic novels then some stuff is spoiled. The IOS version of this book works wonderfully on the IPhone X, though I imagine it would work just as well on any IOS device. Lastly I recommend that you avoid the movie as it’s a blend of all the books.
  • Stick it out...

    By jross7136
    Hard to read/follow, but stick it out, the rest of the books are worth it!!
  • Excited

    By Zack kachkouche
    I hope this book is good