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Review: The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three by Stephen King

This cover, on the paperback version of the book is well put together. We have another photoshop type collage image, but is certainly convincing. I like the wider format, although the dimensions of this book are a bit odd: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.38 inches.



So far I have a couple of other Stephen King reviews here ( really just one, because the other is a graphic novel adaptation with other artists ) on that aren’t so great. 🙄 Well that’s okay. Let’s go ahead and even that out here with The Drawing of the Three as this is one of my favorite books I have ever read.

Stephen King’s writing in this book is something like an articulate guitarist effortlessly hitting every note just right:

Yes, I put Dimebag Darrel’s Walk solo here because it conveys a great specialty. I believe it reflects the mastering of an art. Something both Dimebag and Stephen have in common.

The words down are slammed down on the page in a paradoxical way; relaxed, but intense and highly effective in a natural manner. This is one of those books you think about often after you stop reading and the entertainment factor here is great.

I have read The Waste Lands, The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass books in this series and working on Wolves of the Calla, so I’m not sure really how much of knowing other things in the Dark Tower universe is contributing to my bias here, honestly. It’s been a while since I read it, but I still remember the fun time I had with this book.

Each chapter is split up into sub chapters which breathes space in the pages, letting the story breathe.

“The gunslinger thought of this man, prisoner or not, was probably better at the fine art of survival than any of the other men he had seen in the air-carriage. The others were fat things, for the most part, and even those who looked reasonably fit also looked open, unguarded, their faces those of spoiled and cosseted children, the faces of men who would fight-eventually-but would whine almost endlessly before they did; you could let their guts out onto their shoes and their last expressions would not be rage or agony but stupid surprise.”

Excerpt from Chapter 3:3 The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

The thing I always have liked about Mr. King’s stories as they never seem to follow a very certain niche like high fantasy or epic fantasy. I believe it is because Stephen King likes writing and blending elements that people can directly relate to, then he adds some spice in the mix. This story blends worlds and does it very well. A little known fact is that The Little Sisters of Eluria is the first work ( chronologically, not in release date ) of the series, not The Gunslinger.


I have not read even a fraction of all of Stephen King’s writings, but out of the ones that I have read, The Drawing of the Three is easily one of the most fun, flavorful, action packed and relatable pieces of work that I have read by any author. It brings the story in a personable format, easy to read and follow and it entertains with flying colors. I give it ★★★★★ five stars out of five.

P.S. – I just learned via Hook Or By Book that yesterday was Stephen King’s birthday – HaPpY BiRtHdAy Mr. Stephen King ! ! !

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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