The Dark Tower I - Stephen King

The Dark Tower I

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 717 Ratings

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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).


  • 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
  • Dark tower

    By Reddonessssss
    I can see that I'm not the only one that's frustrated with the sample do you listen to your customers
  • Yawnburger

    By TroutKilgore
    Don't buy this book if your expecting a page turning action fest. It's far more allegorical than literal, and the narrative is pretty linear and uneventful. Not a whole lot like King's other books.
  • Beginning of an Epic

    By Auggie's Man
    This series was one of my best ever all-time reads. Tempted to go through it all again. Begain as a reference from a friend for a plane trip, and ended years later with the final installment. An incredible imagination, and gifted writer, and characters (and a dog) that are amazing. OK, that’s it, I’m re-reading. Nervous about the movie, because the book was so brilliantly etched into my imagination not sure if a movie can match it.
  • Fraud Anyone?

    By Sanibelsis
    This book was originally published in 1982. King took the "Song of Roland" and turned it into an abysmal claptrap that is difficult to read, a poor representation of the original, and an outright fraud. KIng’s writing shows a critical lack of talent and skill and to even resurrect this book should be an embarassment for both King and the publishers. iBooks shows a publication date of 2016, that may well be the date it was processed for electronic delivery but the actual publication was 1982.