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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla Review


The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla By Stephen King

Synopsis:
After escaping the perilous wreckage of Blaine the insane Mono and eluding the evil clutches of the vindictive sorcerer Randall Flagg, Roland and his ka-tet find themselves back on the southeasterly path of the Beam. Here, in the borderlands that lie between Mid-World and End-World, Roland and his friends are approached by a frightened band of representatives from the nearby town of Calla Bryn Sturgis. In less than a month, the Calla will be attacked by the Wolves-those masked riders that gallop out of Thunderclap once a generation to steal the town's children. The Calla folken need the kind of help that only gunslingers can give, and if the tet agrees to help, the town's priest-Father Callahan, once of 'Salem's Lot, Maine-promises to give them Black Thirteen, the most potent and treacherous of Maerlyn's magic balls. He used it to enter Mid-World, and now it sleeps fitfully beneath the floorboards of his church. Meanwhile, in the New York of 1977, the Sombra Corporation plots to destroy the lot at Second Avenue and Forty-Sixth Street. How can Roland and his friends both save the rose and fight the Wolves? Only by using the magic of Black Thirteen, but how can anyone trust this sinister and treacherous object which is, in actuality, the eye of the Crimson King himself? Time is running out on all levels of the Tower, but unless our ka-tet can defeat the minions of Thunderclap both in our world and in Mid-World, they will never reach that great lynchpin of the time/space continuum which, even now, begins to totter . . .

Review:

As the fifth installmentinthe Gunslinger saga the story slows down a bit here but things are still kept interesting and true to the series as the ka-tet lend a hand to the residents of the Calla. I love the way Stephen King melds the worlds together and hisreference to other books, etc.to drive the story and make it more 'real' continues to amaze me.For those who have read the previous Gunslinger novels you will definitely wantto read this one too as the story gets more intriguing. For those who haven't read any of the Gunslinger novels thenyou best get yourself a copy ofThe Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger, the opening chapter in the epic Dark Tower series, and start from the beginning.

  

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Added: April 11th 2006
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