Wizard and Glass

Wizard and Glass

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Penguin Putnam
Fourth in the Epic Dark Tower Series…
Wizard and Glass

In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead.  Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar. A classic tale of colossal scope—crossing over terrain from The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, The Talisman, Black House, Hearts in Atlantis, ’Salem’s Lot, and other familiar King haunts—the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page.

And the Tower awaits....

Roland and his band of followers have narrowly escaped one world and slipped into the next. There Roland tells them a tale of long-ago love and adventure involving a beautiful and quixotic woman named Susan Delgado. And there they will be drawn into an ancient mystery of spellbinding magic and supreme menace…

Baker & Taylor
The fourth installment in the epic Dark Towers series finds Roland the Gunslinger and his companions leaping between worlds, where Roland relates his experience with the elusive, powerful emotion of love in a journey into his own past. Original.

& Taylor

While Roland the Gunslinger and his companions leap between worlds, he relates his experiences with the elusive, powerful emotion of love in a journey into his own past

Publisher: New York : Plume, c1997
ISBN: 9780452279179
Characteristics: xiv, 672 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave


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DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

This series just keeps getting better and better. Taking place in the Wild West, the story is often brutal, violent, and scary. Yet it kept me continually on edge as King infuses basic human cruelty with elements of macabre and horror. Fast paced, creepy, and chilling.

Jan 05, 2018

4th Dark Tower Book

Mar 13, 2017

This is probably my favourite Dark Tower novel and one that caught me off guard with how engrossing and emotional it was. Starting this series, I didn't think the 4th book would surprise me as much as this one did.

Feb 18, 2017

A great change of pace from the first books. Wizard and Glass delves into Roland's backstory and sets him on another fascinating adventure -- one that's also full of emotion and action. King's ability to create new worlds and characters never ceases to amaze... or frighten, in the case of Rhea of the Coos.

Mar 05, 2015

** Spoilers ahead **

When the previous book, The Waste Lands, concluded with a gut-wrenching cliffhanger, leaving Roland's fully-formed Ka-Tet faced-off against the mechanically insane Blaine the Mono, Stephen King's huge fan base sat up and took notice. Not only was King sculpting a story unlike the horror pulp he's usually famous for, but this Dark Tower series was actually good. Furthermore, it had the potential to rank among the all-time best of fantasy writing.

In this fourth volume, Wizard and Glass, we are treated to a backstory from Roland's youth, one that's nearly as long as the book itself. Because of its length, I gather King's constant readers are of two minds about this story within a story. On one hand, Roland's, Cuthbert's and Alain's journey to Mejis is the prototypical Dark Tower story—an original, believable blend of the fantasy and western genres that the series has been flirting with since the start. On the other hand, there are those that feel Roland's 500+ page campfire tale is a waste of precious trees and can we please get back to the business of getting to the frickin' Tower. I sympathize with the impatience, but I am more of the former group. The addictive driving force of this series is to reach the dadgum Tower. This need is so strong that any little morsel King drops along the way, anything that allows a peek at the quest's end, is gobbled up like we're starved rats in a maze. But the saying "It's the journey, not the destination" could not be more applicable. The story's conclusion is so singularly deterministic that everything that comes before requires more to sustain it. Who was Roland Deschain as a young man and what has happened to set him on this path of certain death? Wizard and Glass attempts to answer this question. To achieve the Dark Tower without a solid grounding of “Why?” will render the whole thing hollow and pointless.

I'll say it's either this book or its predecessor that is the pinnacle of the entire epic. I'm tempted to pair them together into one giant book as they can be thought of as two halves of a single story anyway.

Jun 05, 2014

Wizard and Glass was another excellent addition to the Dark Tower series. While not as exciting as Wastelands, it still does a great job of finishing off the retelling of Roland's youth.

Dec 02, 2013

Dec 2, 2013.....starting this book. Enjoying the series more with each book that I read. Dec 8, read to page 225 today. Dec 15, on page 410, and enjoying this quite nicely, Feb 27, After time out to read the Canada Reads picks, I am back to this.....lost my place, and find I am re-reading a part that I have read, but it is working for me to get back into it after so long away. Looking forward to getting to the new parts, good story......March 12, finished it up, looking forward to the next book.

SB2000 Mar 22, 2013

The fourth installment of King's "Dark Tower" series. This novel takes place mostly as flashback to Roland's youth, his first ka-tet and great love. We know how the story will end as it is pre-figured in the earlier novels. However, the journey to that ending is worth it. This was an uncomfortable read for me: King powerfully orchestrates the sense of doom hanging over the characters and evil in the world.

Apr 09, 2011

By far the best of the series.


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