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the Wind through the keyhole. A DARK TOWER NOVEL. Illustrated by Jae The right of Stephen King to be identified as the Author of the Work. THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL. Includes an exclusive audio excerpt from King's forthcoming novel. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole is a fantasy novel by American writer Stephen King. As part of The Dark Tower series, it is the eighth novel, but.

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In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich King began the Dark Tower series in ; it gained momentum in the s; and he. for downloading it from there; the download is very cheap Biology Questions and A. The Wind Through the Keyhole. A Dark Tower Novel. Stephen King. In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World.

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One, this story didn't address the long gap between books four and five. Two, our current ka-tet was almost entirely absent from the tale.

Four, the Wind through the Keyhole is an old story with many unknown characters that are unimportant to the Dark Tower. Essentially it all felt like a case of bait-and-switch, where fans were promised one thing, but King delivers something entirely different. I get that, I understand those frustrations, I really do, but setting aside all those feelings and judging the story strictly on its merits I couldn't truthfully call this anything other than a success.

And frankly, I enjoyed the hell out of it. Maybe it was a case of the right place, right time; call it what you will, but this was some of the most fun I've had in Mid-World since book two!

It just goes to show when he writes concisely, and cuts out all that needless filler, uncle Stevie can still spin one hell of a yarn. This has actually renewed my enthusiasm for the series. I hope things get back on track, and I can't wait to see where it all leads! I may even have to reverse my stance on. I see how it can be fun to check back in on a familiar world even if it's not to advance the overall plot line. Overall though, I loved it. It is a good one? I always thought so, anyway.

View all 25 comments. Mar 10, Andre Gonzalez rated it liked it. The writing was stellar in this book, telling a story within a story has to be pretty difficult. While the story was entertaining, I'm having trouble seeing why it was necessary. I'm reading the DT series through for the first time and thought I would respect the order where this book fell, and feel like I could have done without this pitstop that takes away from the main journey. That being said, I look forward to starting Wolves of the Calla to get back on track!

View all 3 comments. May 08, Christina rated it it was amazing.

This book has nowhere near come out. I'm giving it five stars just to counteract the negativity. View all 6 comments. May 02, Stepheny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aye, so it has. But as we have lost some, we have also gained some.

And we have one who has tried her best to keep up but is now playing catch up instead. Dastardly Dan was by far my hardest battle. I thought for a while he wasn't going to commit but in the end I managed to gently persuade him into it.

Clearly, this is a victory. Evgeny decided to join us for this adventure! This book is one of my all-time favorites.

It is so beautifully written and so intricate. As it has been explained in other reviews, this is a story within a story within a story. Roland obliges and explains what happened to him after leaving Mejis. His father sends him on a quest- a quest believed to be a bunch of smoke and mirrors; a skin-man is terrorizing a nearby town and he sends Roland and some friends to investigate to get them out of his hair.

But when Roland gets there he meets Bill- a terrified child whose whole family was brutally murdered and eaten for the most part by the alleged skin-man. While Roland waits for suspects to be gathered he decides to tell Bill a story.

This story was one that is older than time itself, according to Roland, a tale told to Roland by his own mother. The name of this tale you ask? Why, the Wind Through the Keyhole, of course! Wind tells us about Tim Stoutheart. Will he be able to get back to his poor mother in time?

Is the magic real? Are the dragons really gone?

And what truly happened to Maerlyn? Is the skin-man truly able to change from one animal skin to another? Or is it just some sick twisted game for a bored mine-worker? Will the killer be brought to justice? And not to be forgotten- will our favorite Ka-Tet be able to withstand the wind of the Starkblast? I know that not all of my Tet was originally on board to read this book with me but I am glad that the ones who chose to did.

Sharing a favorite book is by far one of the greatest feelings in the world. But there are times that books change who you are as a person. And this is one of those books. And why not? Why other? If the sweetness of our lives did not depart, there would be no sweetness at all. Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do - the wind that blows through the keyhole- is the breath of all the living universe. View all 50 comments.

Well, it's finished. I will now try and express some of my deep disappointments here even though it will hurt me to do so.

Kemper's review captures much of what frustrated me and left me feeling cheated by the whole affair. To be promised another Dark Tower installment and offered this underwhelming book in its place, so loosely tethered to the source material as to feel as if someone else wrote it, a comical pastiche in parts that tries too hard to be Dark Tower worthy -- well, it just le Sigh. To be promised another Dark Tower installment and offered this underwhelming book in its place, so loosely tethered to the source material as to feel as if someone else wrote it, a comical pastiche in parts that tries too hard to be Dark Tower worthy -- well, it just leaves a girl wanting to cry.

I guess I should have read the dust jacket more closely. Maybe if I had gone into this knowing full well that this IS NOT a Dark Tower story, but rather a bedtime story from Roland's youth ripped from the pages of Magic Tales of the Eld my disappointment could have been more tempered.

As it stands, we get a paltry 35 pages of Roland, Jake, Susannah, Eddie and Oy that's not even a story -- it's just used as a framing device for the rest of the book. We get about pages of a Young Roland Adventure -- a monster of the week story that reminded me of Sam and Dean Winchester and an episode of Supernatural set in Mid-World awesome idea and if Stephen King ever wants to write the Winchesters into the Dark Tower landscape I would probably die from fangirl shock syndrome.

In this context however, it didn't work for me. I'm not the biggest fan of Young Roland anyway, and Young Roland in the first person is barely recognizable. It could have been anyone telling that story. The remaining or so pages is a fairytale featuring a young boy on a quest to save his mother, that may be vaguely set in Mid-World, but has so very little to do with ANYTHING Dark Tower or ka-tet as to leave one itchy and sore.

It's a pleasing enough story, but all while I was reading it, all I could think about was 'the gang' and wishing I were back with them, walking with them, adventuring with them. It made sense to me that there would be LOADS of smaller stories of ka-tet adventures that did not make it into the 7 book magnum opus, but nevertheless deserve to be told anyway. I want those stories, dammit!

Pretty pleeeeeeease , can't I have those stories? I think this is honestly my least favourite book out of the Dark Tower series. Now that doesn't mean that I didn't love it, I just didn't love it quite as much as the rest of the series. I find in some places that it gets a bit long and my mind constantly wandered and wondered what would happen in the next book rather than focusing on this book and what it had to offer.

I feel like I'm making it sound like a terrible book and that's definitely not the case, I mean I did give it five stars! I jus I think this is honestly my least favourite book out of the Dark Tower series. I just find it lacks a little bit of a punch, that's all.

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I can't say which way I prefer reading this one now that I've done it both ways. Reading it after reading the original 7 books has its merits but so does reading it between books 4 and 5!

Jul 12, Kevin Michael rated it it was amazing. It was good to be back in Midworld, if only for a short visit. This book is three stories in one, and those looking for an expansion of the quest for the Tower will be disappointed.

Only the frame story contains Roland and his ka-tet from our world. Roland tells Jake, Eddie, and Susannah a tale from his days as a young gunslinger, but even that story is just another frame for the true story: The Wind Through the Keyhole, a fairytale Roland's mother told him when he was a young boy. The fairytale It was good to be back in Midworld, if only for a short visit. The fairytale tells the story of young Tim Ross, who must brave a dark forest, a possible encounter with a dragon, magic, and worst of all, an abusive stepfather--all during a quest to save his mother.

The story is beautiful, magical, and terrifying, and Constant Readers will quickly recognize The Covenant Man for who he really is. I am both happy and sad to say that this is far better than the last three "official" books in the Dark Tower series.

It's a shame that King didn't wait for inspiration to strike before concluding Roland's quest. I would welcome a dozen more of these Midworld tales from one of the greatest storytellers of our time. What do I say? Which story era is more enjoyable? So as I'm about to start this book, I find out that many of the "present day" crews are disappointed because we get a little time with the ka-tet, only to have the story shift back in time with Roland telling another sto That book seems to be either a least favorite or a most favorite with everyone.

With me, it was a most favorite. So while they were lamenting the return to the early Roland days, I was excited. But in the end, Ka got me too. King pulled a double switch on us, giving us a little Roland story within the Ka-tet story, only to have THAT one shift to a storytelling situation about a kid we never heard of from even further back.

And I'm like, wtf? It's ok for a little bit, but it takes up half the damn book. The actual story "The Wind Through the Keyhole" is this thing, a fable about a kid disguised and sold as a Dark Tower novel. Ok, so there are some Midworld references and sayings and society stuff built in, so I can see that. It was Midworldian.

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It was rather interesting to see some stuff in the long ago, before the world moved on. But if it's always like that, I can see why it moved on. It was boring. That story didn't even feel like a King story. It wasn't bad. It started out alright. By the end it was even engaging. But the middle slogged on quite a bit to the point that I found my mind drifting.

Then we switch back to Young Roland and get a quick wrap up on that story, which was very intriguing and enjoyable. And finally, we switch back up to modern Roland and Ka-tet, getting a wrap up on it too. Which wasn't a wrap up as much as a "ok, we're done screwing around, let's get on with it" that leads into Book 5. Crap, it was like reading Inception. Only not as good. Half this book is 5-star material Young Roland story, Modern Roland interlude.

The other half of the book is 3-star with some boring 2-star fairy chasing in the middle. We'll average it out and call it 4. I'm being generous, but it IS a Dark Tower related book. I won't call it part of the main series though. It's an extra, like The Little Sisters of Eluria or the graphic novel series. The more this book has settled in, the more I am bothered by my overly generous 4-star review. It simply doesn't deserve it. A 4-star should not leave a bad taste in my mouth 8 months after I've finished it.

It's worth reading, but simply does not measure up to the rest of the series, period. View all 11 comments. It draws on the dark, down-to-earth nostalgia of growing up in a harsh, mean world that Wizard did beautifully, but it also introduces the bat-shit crazy, heady material of alternate dimensions and dense mythos that Wolves began introducing in its later pages. So it may not move the overall plot forward, but it's not supposed to. That plot already ended eight years ago.

This is a bridge book. A book meant for newcomers to the series to read as The Dark Tower 4. View 1 comment. It's a painful time in my history, and polite company lets me keep my shame to myself. But I mention it because since stepping foot into the Tower multiverse, everything changed.

I adore this series. No other series or book can claim a higher spot i 3. No other series or book can claim a higher spot in my heart not even Harry Potter, though that's a very close second , so when I learned that there would be a new book in the series, I SQUEE'd all over the damn place.

Messy clean-up, but so worth it. Dark Tower is bittersweet. It is. But that's one of my favorite things about King; he makes it real. So I couldn't wait, nay To go on another adventure with them, to see what this new interlude holds But then I admit to feeling a bit cheated after I started. Maybe that's not fair, probably not, because had I read the book description, I'd have known that likely wasn't going to be what I'd get But those of you who know me well, those who share my khef, do it please ya, will know that I wouldn't want to know, that I'd want to just go where Ka's wind blows.

And so I did As a ka-tet book, low marks for this one because there's just so little of them here What we have here is a story within a story within a story.

Not my favorite thing. I love Wizard and Glass, but the Mejis flashback storyline is long. But saying it's my least favorite is not saying much, because every book in the series is fantastic in its own way. The first story Roland tells is of being sent on another mission by his father to take care of what's rumored to be a Skin-Man a shapeshifter terrorizing one of the baronies.

Within this story is the story from which this book takes its title, which is the story of Tim Ross and his encounter with the Covenant Man, whose horse is called Blackie.

Just sayin'. This story ties into both the Young Roland story, and the Present Roland story These two stories make up the bulk of the book, which is short for King to begin with. But these are interesting, particularly Tim's The Wind Through The Keyhole, because of how other multiverse books might, and probably do, connect with it. I counted quite a few references to other books in the three stories, including Eyes of the Dragon, The Talisman, and Desperation, just to name a few.

I won't go into much more detail, since everyone should read it for themselves. Overall for me, this was worth the read, although my heart still wanted more of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy. Maybe Gan will bless King with another Dark Tower book? A girl can dream View all 10 comments. DTProject Book 4. This book reminds m DTProject Book 4. This book reminds me a lot of Cloud Atlas which was a babushka book. Here we have 3 instead of 6 stories.

The first time I read it I haven't read or heard of the Cloud Atlas so I didn't see any resemblance. It is a story, within a story, within a story, or to make it clearer, It is a fairy tale, within a flashback, within a main story, or to make it even clearer: What reminded me also of Cloud Atlas was that the 1st 2 stories were cut in half by the middle 3rd story and were continued at the end. The core Dark Tower story is actually only 46 pages. The Flashback to Roland's youth Skin-Man is pages.

The book starts just after they left the Green Palace book 4 and a deadly blizzard Starkblast is coming and they need to find shelter. They eventually find it and while waiting for the storm to end Roland tells them a story from his youth. Just after his return from Mejis book 4 Roland is sent to yet another quest.

A young boy is the sole survivor and Roland in order to calm him down tells him a bedtime story he remembers from his childhood; this story is The Wind Through the Keyhole. It contains fairies, swamps, dragons, wizards, swamp people, a man in black. It is an adventure of a young boy looking for a way to cure his mother's illness.

I feel the core story is complete. I need more stories from Roland's youth Battle of Jericho Hill, his father's fate, his original ka-tet etc.

Many people ask if this is a stand alone book. Well if you read the fairy tale in the middle yes. If you also read the Skin-Man maybe, if you read the whole book a little less and in this case I would recommend to read the previous 4 books if you are more interested in the core story.

View 2 comments. The series changed the way i perceived the fantasy genre and turned me into "During the days after they left the Green Palace that wasn't Oz afterall - but which was now the tomb of the unpleasant fellow Rolland's ka-tet had known as the Tick-Tock Man - the boy Jake began to range farther and farther ahead of Roland, Eddie, and Susannah The series changed the way i perceived the fantasy genre and turned me into a bookaholic!

Midway through younger Roland spins another tale making this a story within a story within a story! I wanted more of the Skin Man tale, which is wrapped up and over way too soon.

Unfortunately an average edition to the Dark Tower collection. Feb 08, T. A wonderful entry into the Dark Tower series that King supposedly completed in Think of this as DT 4.

We don't spend much time with the Ka-tet, as Roland tells them a story of his past while they take shelter from a storm a "starkblast"--great imagery behind that name. As Roland tells the tale of hunting a shifter in a small town, King then takes it further and tells a story WITHIN the story, that of a boy who must attempt to save his mother's life.

It's A wonderful entry into the Dark Tower series that King supposedly completed in It's this middle story that takes up the bulk of the book and it too was just gorgeously written. A great addition to the Dark Tower series.

View all 4 comments. The story within a story concept is ok, but it doesn't really progress our ka-tet to the Dark Tower. The Skin Man, not so much. I feel these were story ideas King had but couldn't create a final product, so this book became essentially three short stories nested within each other. On to the calla! Does this guy ever stop?

I sure hope not. Live forever, Stevie baby, live forever. I have read a few negative reviews of this book that make excellent points about why this is a disappointing addition to the Dark Tower canon. I can't really disagree with them. And yet I enjoyed this story. The difference, I think, lies more with my expectations than the execution.

My favorite part of the Dark Tower is the world King slowly assembled over the course of the series, and the way he eventually tied it in to a dozen or so of his other novels, creating a vast meta-fictional landscape. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I care more about the world than the characters -- I care about the characters quite a lot.

But the parts I really like reading are the weird little details of this world that has moved on: That stuff. I went into The Wind Through the Keyhole knowing it was going to be a filler novel. I read that King believed it could stand alone, so I was pretty sure it wasn't going to offer up much detail on the ka-tet's between-book adventures.

And in fact, I read the main series so long ago I So my wishlist for this book included one item, which was any Dark Tower lore, but I wasn't expecting it, because I knew it was some kind of story-within-a-story fairytale thing. And then, I got some! More oblique Charlie the Choo-Choo-style nods would present the information in a far more internally consistent manner. But then again, we wouldn't have any scenes with your friendly neighborhood sentient GPS, so Yeah, ok, so the rest of the book isn't the best.

The framing sections with Roland, Eddie, Jake, et al. The second-level framing device stick with me , featuring Young Roland, pleased me more than I expected, considering I kind of hated the flashback-heavy fourth book in the series.

It helped that it was short, action-packed, and not a story of angsty teen love. I still have no idea what is up with the fall of Gilead and the Battle of Jericho Hill and all that jazz though. I guess I have to read the comics for that. So, yeah. If you go into this one expecting an honest-to-Gan Dark Tower novel, you'll be bummed, because it really isn't one. It kind of seems like it took King about a week to write, and he just had fun messing around with it which doesn't bode well for his sequel to The Shining.

If you are me, and borrowed your brother's audiobook copy and listened to it at 3x speed on your phone, maybe it will be. View all 23 comments. Oct 21, Jason Parent rated it really liked it.

He's not as good as his usual narrator, but he's still a pretty damn good storyteller in the reading aloud sense, as well as the writing sense. With this 4. This was a solid 5 star read almost all the way through. Working inwards out, the fable of Tim Stoutheart is near perfect view spoiler [ w The Wind Through the Keyhole was a very enjoyable listen, and Stephen King read it to me.

Working inwards out, the fable of Tim Stoutheart is near perfect view spoiler [ with the tiger turning into Merlin being a bit meh hide spoiler ]. The Covenant Man is an incarnation of a familiar villain, and one that is sunning, sinister and far more enjoyable than his tittering version in other books.

I'm not sure why, but the saddest part of this story for me was view spoiler [ when King describes the death of the dragon who had spared Tim's life after the boy jumped on his head; a dragon breathing fire to fight back a fierce ice storm in an ultimately futile effort just seems about the saddest thing I can think of Perhaps trying to distinguish Jaime from Cuthbert and Alain, King gave the boy almost no personality. He didn't matter to me and so he didn't matter to the story, so I take no points off for that.

I only take points off for the ending - after a good, strong build up and investigation, the anticipation great and the suspense nail-biting, the big reveal and rushed ending was a bit of a let down - good, but not King great. As for the main storyline, we don't get much beyond a stark blast, but it plays out well and gives more insight into the characters.

Given that this book was written after the next book chronologically story-wise, I didn't expect much to happen in that regard. All in all, a darn good book that earns a ranking equal to its numbering: Adding this with some trepidation and suspicion, as the last two books in this series were so bad.

This appears to be a prequel and could be better. But if Stephen King appears as a character in it, all bets are off. I read this today. So much better than the last two Dark Tower books. This one takes place in the middle of things, between books 4 and 5. It is a novella within a story within yet another story.

It was a fine quick read, and nice to spend another spell with Adding this with some trepidation and suspicion, as the last two books in this series were so bad. It was a fine quick read, and nice to spend another spell with Roland and his ka-tet. Roland and Jamie take a train to Debaria, but it derails before arriving and they must finish their journey on horse.

On their way, they pass through a town known as Serenity, a community of women where Roland's mother lived after suffering a mental breakdown following her affair with Marten Broadcloak, an alias of the sorcerer Randall Flagg and Roland's nemesis. It is here that they learn of a woman attacked by the Skin-Man and hear her tale. Roland and Jamie arrive in Debaria, and with the help of the local Sheriff, Hugh Peavy, they determine that the Skin-Man is most likely a salt miner from a nearby village.

The next morning, they discover that another brutal attack has occurred overnight on a local farm. They investigate the scene, and discover a single survivor, a small boy named Bill, who has lost his father in the attack.

Roland and Jamie determine that the murderer left the scene on horseback, and Roland sends Jamie to the salt mines to round up every miner who has a horse or is able to ride one. While returning to Debaria with Bill, Roland performs his hypnotism trick which Roland first used in his chronological life in Wizard and Glass with one of his spare rounds of ammunition.

Under hypnosis, Bill relates what he saw of the Skin-Man; Bill tells Roland that he saw the Skin-Man in his human form after the attack, but only glimpsed his feet. He states that the Skin-Man had a tattoo of a blue ring around his ankle. The tattoo indicates that the man spent time in the prison at a now abandoned military barracks further west of Debaria. That area had fallen to the chaos of John Farson , the Good Man, within the last generation.

Back in town, Roland brings Bill to a cell in the Sheriff's station. He plans to walk each suspect past Bill in the hopes the young boy can identify the Skin-Man, or that the Skin-Man will reveal himself by fleeing due to fear of being identified. In this story within a story , a boy named Tim Ross lives with his mother Nell in a forgotten village that fears the annual collection of property taxes by a man named The Covenant Man.

Tim recently lost his father, who was said to have been killed by a dragon while in the woods chopping trees.

After the death of his father, Nell, no longer able to pay the taxes to keep their home, marries his father's best friend and business partner Bern Kells, who moves in with them. Kells is a mean man, prone to heavy drinking, who begins to abuse both Tim and Nell.

One day The Covenant Man comes to collect the taxes, and he secretly tells Tim to meet him later in the woods.

During this meeting, The Covenant Man reveals to Tim that it was actually Kells who killed his father, not a dragon, and with help of a scrying bowl shows Kells beating his mother, causing her to go blind.

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Later, The Covenant Man sends Tim a vision telling him that if Tim again visits The Covenant Man in the woods, he will give Tim magic that will allow his mother to see again. Tim, armed with a gun given to him by his school teacher, journeys into the dangerous woods, and is led into a swamp by the mischievous fairy, Armaneeta. Here, Tim almost becomes victim to a dragon and other mysterious swamp creatures, but he is saved by his gun as well as a group of friendly swamp people, who mistake him for a gunslinger.

The swamp people guide him to the far side of the swamp, and equip him with a small mechanical talking device from the 'Old People' that helps guide him on his journey. Eventually, Tim arrives at a Dogan where he finds a caged 'tyger', which wears the key to the Dogan around its neck.

A starkblast approaches, and Tim, realizing this is likely a trap set for him by The Covenant Man, befriends the tyger. Tim and the tyger ride out the storm under a magical protective blanket. The next morning, Tim discovers that the tyger is actually Maerlyn, a white magician, who had been trapped in the cage for years due to black magic. Maerlyn gives Tim a potion to cure his mother's blindness and sends him back to his mother on the flying magic blanket.

Returning home, Tim brings sight back to his mother. Tim is attacked by Kells, who had secretly entered the home as Tim tended to his mother, but the boy is saved by his mother, who kills Kells with her late husband's ax.

Young Bill is able to identify the Skin-Man due to his ankle tattoo and an associated scar, at which time the Skin-Man transforms into a snake, and kills two people. Roland shoots the snake with a specially-crafted silver bullet which he had made upon their arrival in town , killing it.

Roland and Jamie travel back to Serenity, where the women agree to adopt young Bill, who is now an orphan. The women also give Roland a note written by his mother during her stay in Serenity. In this note, his mother reveals that Marten has predicted that Roland will one day kill her. Although this has caused her to slowly lose her sanity, in the end she forgives Roland and asks that he forgive her infidelity to his father and betrayal of Gilead in return.

With his Skin-Man story finished, Roland and his ka-tet find that the starkblast has passed, leveling every structure in the area except for the building in which they took shelter. They soon pack their belongings and resume their journey toward the Dark Tower. An early review of the book by Kevin Quigley noted how well it meshed with novels in the series that came before and after.

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