First Book: The Gunslinger
Sample Chapter: Book 1 Excerpt
The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. So begins Book I of Stephen King’s iconic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. Part sci-fi novel, part futuristic dystopia, part spaghetti Western, and part high fantasy vision, The Gunslinger tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is tracking an enigmatic magician known only as the man in black. Following his quarry across the demon-infested Mohaine Desert, Roland confronts a mad preacher woman and her murderous flock, holds palaver with a speaking demon, and finally befriends a young boy from our world named Jake Chambers. Jake joins Roland on his quest, but while Roland travels with his young companion Jake, the man in black travels with Roland’s soul in his pocket.
Almost certainly one of the most mind-blowingly creative series ever written. The sheer number of bizarre and terrifying situations the main characters encounter is unbelievable. From psychopathic, A.I. controlled super-trains to giant, diseased cyborg bears, these books quite literally have it all. Pair this with the most unlikely team of protagonists and you are in for a wild ride.Give it a try.