The Dark Tower I - Stephen King

The Dark Tower I

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4.5
From 208 Ratings


Soon to be 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).


  • sheer pleasure

    By Am book reader
    Every sentence prose, every paragraph poetry. Perhaps the best book I ever read.
  • A dark and mysterious beginning to this series

    By Plb3
    Roland is a gunslinger in this strange land. However, because the book begins in medias res, it is not clear what this means on this world; in fact, by the end of the book, his role and purpose are only partially explicated. King's writing is superb. The tone is eerie and dark. The plot comes in fits and starts, and often seems inexplicable, though the reader can garner important clues as the book evolves. A fine, fine book.
  • I'd love to read this book...

    By Horrible "Sample"
    However I'd like more than a 2 page preview before deciding to spend $10. Very disappointing and yet another reason I miss real paper and book stores
  • Confusingly interesting...

    By Bigs_03_
    This book was confusing but interesting. I want to see it through to the end of the gunslinger's long journey, but I had some trouble keeping up with what was going on and why in this book. I've read that the second book is much better so I will read it. This book took some effort to continue till the end.
  • Great book!!

    By Like2shop19
    Couldn't put it down! Such a page turner! Can't wait to start the next in the series! A must read!
  • The sample sucked

    By Brennan Davis
    I don't have $10:00 to pay for a book so I got the sample but all it gave me was a introduction and two pages of chapter one ugh why I want more then two pages
  • The Non Sample

    By Ugh- really?!
    WORST SAMPLE EVER!! Why do I want to read a forward, I want to read what the book is about!
  • Haven't read the book

    By Imdown4sure
    But please give more of a sample then two pages of literature
  • Very open minded book

    By Stayned
    Enjoyed it
  • Intriguing!

    By Crittersmith
    Not an easy read, but a novel that I have to step up my reading sensibilities. I am reward with an intriguing saga that leads me to want to read the next (novel) chapter. One thing that I notice, Mr King's way with words & the type of words use. (Which I at intervals would check definitions). Very nicely written, it sets the scene, the period and the tone!