The book is inscribed " Ben - With the Best, Stephen King". Bookseller Inventory # 014092
Synopsis: A much-anticipated final installment in the epic series that began thirty-three years ago with The Gunslinger completes the quest of Roland Deschain, who works to outmaneuver the increasingly desperate acts of his adversaries and confronts losses within his circle of companions. 750,000 first printing.
Review: At one point in this final book of the Dark Tower series, the character Stephen King (added to the plot in Song of Susannah) looks back at the preceding pages and says "when this last book is published, the readers are going to be just wild." And he's not kidding.
After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, King's Constant Readers finally have the conclusion they've been both eagerly awaiting and silently dreading. The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal. The body count in The Dark Tower is high. The gunslingers come out shooting and face a host of enemies, including low men, mutants, vampires, Roland's hideous quasi-offspring Mordred, and the fearsome Crimson King himself. King pushes the gross-out factor at times--Roland's lesson on tanning (no, not sun tanning) is brutal--but the magic of the series remains strong and readers will feel the pull of the Tower as strongly as ever as the story draws to a close. During this sentimental journey, King ties up loose ends left hanging from the 15 non-series novels and stories that are deeply entwined in the fabric of Mid-World through characters like Randall Flagg (The Stand and others) or Father Callahan ('Salem's Lot). When it finally arrives, the long awaited conclusion will leave King's myriad fans satisfied but wishing there were still more to come.
In King's memoir On Writing, he tells of an old woman who wrote him after reading the early books in the Dark Tower series. She was dying, she said, and didn't expect to see the end of Roland's quest. Could King tell her? Does he reach the Tower? Does he save it? Sadly, King said he did not know himself, that the story was creating itself as it went along. Wherever that woman is now (the clearing at the end of the path, perhaps?), let's hope she has a copy of The Dark Tower. Surely she would agree it's been worth the wait. --Benjamin Reese
Title: The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book 7) ...
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2004
Illustrator: Michael Whelan
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Inscribed By the Author
Edition: First Printing.
Book Type: Book
Book Description Donald M. Grant, Hampton Falls, NH, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Michael Whelan (illustrator). 1st Edition. Gorgeous unread First Printing of the First Trade Edition in an equally attractive unclipped wrapper. No discernible flaws. Signed by artist Michael Whelan on the title page. Volume VII in the Dark Tower/Gunslinger series. A stunning, collectible copy offered at a great price. Signed by Illustrator(s). Seller Inventory # 003508
Book Description Donald M. Grant, Hampton Falls, N.H., 2004. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Michael Whelan (illustrator). First Edition. Inscribed by King on the half- title and dated 9/20/04. Also signed by Michael Whelan on the half-title. With 12 color plates by Whelan. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Signed. Seller Inventory # 05793