The Dark Tower I - Stephen King

The Dark Tower I

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 880 Ratings


Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

“An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).


  • Well, I read it.

    By MisterC.O.E.
    My Journey to the Dark Tower I recently decided to start reading the Dark Tower series but wanted the full experience so I got some recommendations and compiled a list of books relevant (hopefully!) to the extended lore. This book 3 on that list. As the first book that actually deals directly with the Dark Tower, I can’t say I’m wowed. I found my self pretty bored most of the way through. It’s a long walk through a hot desert and a long trip through a dark tunnel and memory lane. There are a couple points where the Gunslinger has some psychedelic experiences and I can say with confidence from my own experience that the author is writing from his own experience. So that was cool. Otherwise, as dry as the desert he’s walking through. I’ve got a desert in my brain now. So I guess that’s a nod to effective writing. Spoiler. Still no Dark Tower. If this guy’s journey is any indication, it’s going to be a while before I get there.
  • Didn’t enjoy it

    By llaines15
    The world is ugly, the characters are uglier. Stephen King’s writing flows and is as descriptive as ever, but I really couldn’t get into this one. The first half of the book drags, and the mystery of it all wasn’t enough to make the latter half worth it. The writing is oddly sexual in a lot of places to the point where a child describes his own mother as “scrawny but in a sexy kind of way” and it all gives the story as weird and uncomfortable tone. Also the way women are written in this book is terrible. Every time I started to emotionally connect to Roland as the protagonist, he’d do something to completely disconnect him from anything likable. A lot of people seem to really like this series, and maybe it gets better in other books, but I don’t think I’ll be reading more to find out.
  • Amazing

    By Ktbug879
    The movie is just like the book. Thanks Stephen King 😁😁😁
  • Read the Whole Series- Wish I Could’ve Read More

    Read the title. Not in the mood for writing the 20 paragraphs of praise this epic deserves, but this is one of King’s earlier books, and they still excite beyond comprehension. Too bad they made an awful movie about it. Recommend this series to anyone
  • Enthralling

    By Beign3ts
    I could not put it down. Deliciously disturbing and bleak. Like drinking a fine malbec of horror.
  • The Gunslinger

    By princerjf
    I had to stop after 75 pages of complete nonsense. It makes no sense, nor is there a coherent plot to speak of. I usually like Stephen King, so I would try one of his other novels.
  • Fantastic

    By Icanbarelyread
    Unique world. Tremendous character and world building. Finished it in two days. Couldn’t put it down.
  • Take a journey into his world...

    By ES the horror fan
    The Gunslinger, the first book in Stephen King’s classic series, was a book that had me wondering if I would want to read any other books in the series because of an unfortunate twist that happened near the end of the book. Still, it was a good enough story to make me feel that it might be worth it to read the second book, knowing that if the second book was not much better than this one, I could stop immediately after that book. This is almost entirely a good book, though! I won’t spoil anything that happens, but for readers who are disappointed with the twist that happens so close to the end of the book, the second book definitely makes up for it! It’s the only downside to an otherwise enjoyable start to a series that just gets better with each book! I’ve only read the first four books, but I certainly plan to complete the series(with the exception of the graphic novels; I’m simply not interested.) If you like fantasy-adventure stories, join the gunslinger on his quest!
  • Best story ever told

    By chadisTx
    I’ve read the seven books several times. I still get all the feels in all the same spots. If you haven’t read them, do yourself a favor and start here
  • Plot lines unraveling.

    By Thechoedenkal
    There are too many things in this book that go beyond the fantasy genre and simply don't make sense within the context of this book. In the second book roland and his companions are surviving on "lobster" meat, eating the same food day in and day out but their bodies are susceptible to malnutrition as time wears on because they are not receiving nutrients. None of this happens to roland in the first book even though it is repeatedly stated that he eats the same thing for the vast majority of his journey. This, among so many other things do not tie in well to the overall story.