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Book Review: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King


The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower - Book 2) by Stephen King

The Dark Tower II: 
The Drawing of the Three

By Stephen King

The Drawing of the Three is the second in Stephen King's series of Dark Tower books and, on opening it up, the reader finds Roland sleeping on the same beach they left him on at the end of The Gunslinger. Just seven hours have passed for Roland and when he awakes he finds a strange lobster-like creature crawling towards him. Unfortunately for Roland the creature can move a lot faster than he thinks and he is a little slow in getting out of its way. He loses two fingers from his right hand and most of the big toe of his right foot. All of this happens in the first few pages and leaves the gunslinger with problems for the remaining 450 pages of the book.

If you've read The Gunslinger you will already know about Roland's dexterity with a gun. If you haven't read it I reccomend that you do so. Reading anymore of this review is a waste of time. Come back later (about 238 pages later) by then you will know a lot more about Roland and how, through years of training, his hands seem to be able to work a gun as if by magic. Now, less two fingers, all the magic has gone from one of the gunslingers hands and been replaced by angry red lines that are working their way up his arm and carrying their poison towards his heart.

The fact that he has lost two fingers is a big deal to Roland. It renders one gun hand useless. Even through his pain and delirium he still remains very much focused on his goal though, and continues on his quest to reach The Dark Tower. He heads north, along the beach, in search of the three: The Prisoner, The Lady of Shadows, and Death. To find the three Roland must first find three doors, each of which open up to America in the 1980s and the lives of Eddie Dean, Odetta Holmes and Jack Mort. Not to mention a few other surprises for the gunslinger, but that is just ka, as Roland would probably say.

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The Drawing of the Three has a slightly different feel to it than The Gunslinger, mostly because Roland is in such a bad way throughout the book, but also because the story is no longer just about Roland of Gilead the last gunslinger, but about three other people and three other lives. He also has a few out of body experiences. I can't really say more than that because I don't want to give too much of the plot away. Each page does bring Roland a step closer to The Dark Tower though, and I for one am very curious to know what he will find when he reaches it.


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