The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Wind Through the Keyhole is an excellent book, but it feels more like a side story (And it is) rather than another book in the Dark Tower series. That's because fan favorites like Eddie, Jake, and Susannah are barely even in it at all. Instead, we're given two short stories in one, "The Skin Man," and the title story itself, "The Wind Through the Keyhole," which is the better of the two. In this way, I feel this book might have been better as one of the graphic novels of the Dark Tower stories rather than a so-called new novel in the series. It's a bit of a tease, really. If you're reading the series for the first time, you can actually skip this book as it in no way affects the outcome of the later titles or even really offers much insight into the world of the series itself. This book stands alone. That said, Stephen King will always be a master storyteller, and if you just want to read a good book and not have to deal with the 7 other titles, then go on ahead. You won't be missing much, and the stuff you will be missing you could always just check on Wikipedia. Overall, it's a great book, but an unworthy entry in the series, not because it's bad, mind you, but because it doesn't advance the overarching story. Buy it with that in mind if you're a big fan of TDT.
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