A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.
The number-one New York Times best seller – the prelude to the classic Dark Tower series.
I had never read anything other than horror or suspense by Stephen King, so I was pleasantly surprised when my mom had this waiting for me (she had found it in a book sale) when I came for the holidays.
The plot is the classic story of one brother – handsome, kind, wise, and loved by all – is destined for greatness, while the younger brother is left in the shadows of resentment, fear, and anger. The evil wizard, advisor to the king and one who has been alive for thousands upon thousands of years, plots to undermine and imprison the true heir to the throne with the help of the younger brother. It’s classic political intrigue, but more evil.
The story is full of suspense, mystery, heart-breaking moments of violence, and greed. The characters are well rounded and complex, so much so that I couldn’t help but sympathize with the antagonist … sometimes. It is thoroughly enjoyable and easy to read. Recommended.