Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.47 in
Published: April 24, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451658907
ISBN - 13: 9781451658903
About the Book
For those discovering the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time--and for its legions of dedicated fans--an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and perfect introduction to the series.
Read from the Book
1 During the days after they left the Green Palace that wasn’t Oz after all—but which was now the tomb of the unpleasant fellow Roland’s ka-tet had known as the Tick-Tock Man—the boy Jake began to range farther and farther ahead of Roland, Eddie, and Susannah. “Don’t you worry about him?” Susannah asked Roland. “Out there on his own?” “He’s got Oy with him,” Eddie said, referring to the billy-bumbler who had adopted Jake as his special friend. “Mr. Oy gets along with nice folks all right, but he’s got a mouthful of sharp teeth for those who aren’t so nice. As that guy Gasher found out to his sorrow.” “Jake also has his father’s gun,” Roland said. “And he knows how to use it. That he knows very well. And he won’t leave the Path of the Beam.” He pointed overhead with his reduced hand. The low-hanging sky was mostly still, but a single corridor of clouds moved steadily southeast. Toward the land of Thunderclap, if the note left behind for them by the man who styled himself RF had told the truth. Toward the Dark Tower. “But why—” Susannah began, and then her wheelchair hit a bump. She turned to Eddie. “Watch where you’re pushin me, sugar.” “Sorry,” Eddie said. “Public Works hasn’t been doing any maintenance along this stretch of the turnpike lately. Must be dealing with budget cuts.” I
From the Publisher
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
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.
King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the
1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last
three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through
the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower
epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an
enchanting and haunting journey to Roland's world and testimony to
the power of Stephen King's storytelling magic.
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty
books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His most recent include
11/22/63, Full Dark, No Stars, Under the
Dome, Just Past Sunset, and Lisey's Story.
He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.