Title: The Wind Through the Keyhole
Author: Stephen King
Hardcover: 309 pages
Pub Date: APril 24, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Summary from goodreads:
In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement. Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.
In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.
I was very excited to go back into Mid-World and see the great ka-tet again, so I had high expectations for the book, but they weren’t really met.
Jake, Eddie, Oy, and Susannah were only in the very beginning and then it went to a story within a story, and then a story within THAT story. Learning about younger Roland was interesting, but that wasn’t even the bulk of the book. Most of the book was a story Roland was telling a young boy in the storying his was telling the ka-tet.
The story was not bad. It was a good story that you could imagine being passed down from generation to generation. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t up to par with the other books in the series or the story of Roland.
It was also confusing at times, it should have been a little longer because there were some scenes that seemed rushed.
Not to be too down on it because I did enjoy it, I just wish it had been better! If you like the series, you should read this book!