After over a decade of being part of this Ka-tet, my journey has come to its end
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed..
This was the 1st line of the 1st book in the greatest adventure I've ever read and quite possibly one of the best opening lines in a book ever. The Gunslinger, the 1st book of 7 in the epic tale of the Dark Tower was written by Sai Stephen King back in 1970. He wrote 7 DT books from 1970- 2004.
I should've prefaced this with how big a SK fan I am. I have read 90% of his works. I must admit though that I never had any interest in the Dark Tower series. Then I read 'The Stand', one of King's best books, quite possibly the best he's ever written and one of my all time favourite books. I found out that the DT books had a connection to 'The Stand' and also one of my other favourite SK books, 'The Eyes of the Dragon'. Loving those books as much as I did, I decided I had to give the DT tale a try. I started reading them in the mid 90's. After reading the 1st 4 books, I was so mad at myself for having waited so long to start. From page one of the 1st book I was no longer a reader, but a participant in a fantastical journey of obsession, murder, intrigue, betrayal, undying friendship, pure love, monsters (both human and fantastical), devotion, death (both warranted and necessary of both good and bad characters), villainy, heroism and destiny. An adventure that enslaved me and drew me into, as if I had no choice in the matter. Whenever the new tale came out, I bought it and read it immediately, greedily, like a junkie getting his overdue fix. It sounds silly, yes? But if you've read this tale then you know what I am talking about. If you haven't, I suggest you began. But I caution you, you will not ever want it to end. I've been reading the last book for 6yrs. Not because it's terrible, but because to read that final page was like coming to the end of a special relationship. You know it's coming, but you don't want to face it. I am both sad and elated that I have come to the end of the journey and not be disappointed with its finale. Truly remarkable epic tale and may it do ya, I say thank ya Sai King.