The Dark Tower” The Gunslinger by Stephen King 1982 Signet.
From the first line, “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed,” this novel was off with a bang!! We don’t know much of Roland’s past when the story begins but little by little it’s revealed. He lives in some sort of alternate world to Earth. The man in black has been in quite a few of Stephen King’s books, so it’s no surprise to see him here or learn that the gunslinger is chasing for some evil he’s done yet again.
We visit a town where the dark man has played a prophet, even raising the dead. Bad things happen in the town, of course. And Roland is left to clear up his mess. Shortly after, he meets a boy named Jake who seems to come from Earth or a world close to it anyway. Roland tries to discourage the boy from coming with him but Jake is bound to him thanks to the dark man.
I didn’t care for the ending of the book. I don’t think the sacrifice was needed. I knew that it would end on some sort of cliffhanger as there are more books so that didn’t trouble me. I just would’ve liked to see a different route. I’m sure future books will answer why the choices were made that way however as most authors have a plan in a series.