The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
A Dark Tower Novel

72%

19 Critic Reviews

King has proved that he does long well. . .But when the author reins himself in and keeps it short, he's even better.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.
 

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Scribner. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Wind Through the Keyhole
All: 19 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

Will more likely serve as a footnote for the many fans of the series than a point of entry to expand its readership.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Apr 18 2012

King has proved that he does long well. . .But when the author reins himself in and keeps it short, he's even better.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 26 2012

This gripping novel is sure to put King back on the bestseller lists.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Apr 27 2012

In the twilight of a brilliant and perhaps unequalled career, King is in terrific form.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Sheehan on Apr 23 2012

It’s. . .both a pleasure and a surprise to encounter “The Wind Through the Keyhole,”

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Zack Handlen on Apr 30 2012

The writing is clean and well-edited, with little of the meandering that marred the series’ weakest books.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Erik Spanberg on May 16 2012

. . .carries less heft and is unlikely to be ranked among King’s top works, but it is a fun way to while away a weekend.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Brian Truitt on Apr 23 2012

. . .a perfect storm of everything he (King) does well.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Roz Kaveney on Apr 28 2012

King is one of the great popular artists of our time, and his greatness comes, in part, from the fact that the consolation he brings us is minimally built on sentimental denial of things as they are.

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The Independent

Below average
Reviewed by James Kidd on Apr 29 0212

. . .King's anachronistic stew is also a little heavy on the thee-ing and thou-ing for my taste. . .

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Denzel on Apr 24 2012

All in all, this is certainly a worthwhile addition to the Dark Tower cycle.

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Lit Reactor

Excellent
Reviewed by Meredith Borders on Apr 27 2012

While The Wind Through the Keyhole is not what I expected, it is still wonderful.

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Detroit News / AP

Below average
Reviewed by Rob Merrill on May 12 2012

. . .my guess is fans will be a little disappointed and newcomers won't find enough to truly love.

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Badass Digest

Below average
Reviewed by Scott Wampler on Mar 26 2012

. . .I’d strongly recommend that you skip The Wind Through The Keyhole for the time being. Read the other seven volumes first, and then come back for this one.

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Billie Doux

Below average
Reviewed by Josie Kafka

. . .if you are hoping for more adventures with the gunslingers you know, this book is a disappointment.

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Bookmunch

Good
Apr 26 2012

. . . a light, fantastical read guaranteed to have Dark Tower followers pining wistfully for the a re-read of the entire series.

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The Booksellers New Zealand blog

Good
Reviewed by Julia Leathwick on Jun 26 2012

. . .  a captivating read with a lot of surprises along the way.

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The Speculative Scotsman

Below average
Reviewed by Niall Alexander on Apr 24 2012

Old timers. . .are likely to find themselves frustrated by this so-called midquel's essential insignificance.

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Stephen King Fancast

Good
Reviewed by Matt Jacobs on May 22 2012

. . .compelling and moves the over all story along. Great book!

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