Title: The Drawing of the Three
Author: Stephen King
Page Count/Review Word Count: 476
This book is the second book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and so far I’m pleasantly surprised – the writing and the story line feels much more fluid and fast-paced than a typical Stephen King book, and it’s the perfect place to start if you’re new to his work and a fan of fantasy.
Here, the gunslinger finds himself heading through three different windows, which take him from his own world and into the New York that we’re familiar with, although he arrives at different times. In each of these trips, he effectively inserts his own mind into a host’s body, and he needs to work with (and against) them to ensure survival.
While he’s at it, he also needs to find some medicine to stop him from dying – luckily, he can take objects (and people) from one world to another. This is important to note, because King uses this plot device in some interesting ways, which work really well in the story and which also manage to highlight some of the problems with our own society, from drugs and violence to racism.
This book, then, feels a little bit like a modern day fable, or a fantasy novel with a liberal sprinkling of King to flavour it. I found it easy to get involved in the story line, despite the fact that it gets pretty complicated at times and also fits into the wider mythology of the dark tower, which I don’t have time to get into here. I also thought that it would have worked reasonably well as a standalone, although so far I have no reason to suggest doing anything other than reading the whole series from start to finish.
It’s also interesting because the gunslinger manages to find himself some allies here, and whilst they are an unpredictable bunch, and whilst they’re native to our world and not his, he recognises them as fellow gunslingers. In fact, this element of the story is how the book got its title, and it makes perfect sense when you get to the end of it.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and I already can’t wait to get started on the third book in the series. The good thing about this book is that despite its length, it’s a lot of fun to read and you really do whizz through it. You can’t put it down, either – it’s addictive, and easy to stick with. And if you really want to, you can read it without reading any of the other books, although The Gunslinger was a lot of fun too and definitely worth it.
Plus, if you’re lucky then you can grab a copy of this from a charity shop.