The Dark Tower IV-1/2

By Stephen King

The Dark Tower IV-1/2 - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 2012-04-24
  • Genre: Epic Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 2,034 Ratings


Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

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 achievement.

Roland Deschain and his ka-tetJake, 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.


  • What’s there to say? It’s a Stephen King novel, it’s awesome :-)!

    By Asdh123
    Like the title says, “It’s a Stephen King novel, it’s awesome”. Good story intertwined in the gunslinger saga.
  • Story in a story in a story

    By jhayes2021
    Great addition to the dark tower series.
  • Great interlude

    By ChugWorthington
    Awesome little story told within a story. One of my favorite bedtime tales told by the great Stephen King. Looking forward to the Wolves of the Calla and the conclusion to this great western series.
  • A solid contribution

    By Brian the Architect
    For fans of the Dark Tower story, there can’t be enough. I am one of those fans. I find it hard to step back and be critical. I love the early gunslinger stories and I’ll take them however I can get them. If you’re new to the story, you’ll find this book lacking. A Grimm horror tale (or two!) loosely embedded in some type of story structure. If you’re part of the ka-tet, then you’ll consume this book in a single sitting and wish for more. Let’s hope the well isn’t dry and there’s more to be told. There will be water if God wills it.
  • Stories within stories within a story

    By Alexisjo92
    These are ,y favorite kind of stories.
  • Excellent Tale!

    By Johnb238
    It was good to visit Midworld again and journey with the Ka-tet. It was like visiting old friends, the ones that you have travelled with and hurt with. Thank you Mr. King for allowing us to follow the Path of the Beam once again! Thankee Sai!!
  • The book

    By Antlermo
  • King at his best.

    By Uriah2014
    What more can I say? Breezy, simple style that flows around deeper currents of meaning. It seems to me that the long short story is his "sweet spot" and this one flows.
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

    By Longjack
    Having read the Dark Tower series twice, I was pleasantly surprised how this fit in! A very good read and it was fun being back with Roland and his K-Tet.
  • Great

    By Disney2241
    Loved it, it Was an awesome book.