Friday, February 17, 2012

Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5)Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ahhh, Roland. We love you.

Those readers who have been following Roland and his ka-tet on their quest for the Dark Tower will be captivated by this fifth book in the series.

Where book #4, Wizards and Glass, has a ridiculous reference to the Wizard of Oz, in this story we encounter characters from and references to other King novels. Clever. Throw in light sabers and a bit of Harry Potter...that's how it goes on the Path of the Beam.

In this part of the series, our group of travelers comes across a village that needs their help to defeat the Wolves, who come and steal children. Being who they are, the group agrees and are rewarded with another dangerous and mysterious crystal ball.

In the midst of planning their defeat of the Wolves, Roland and his group travel around in time and space to protect the rose that Jake first saw in New York in the 70's.

Jake grows up more and more throughout this book- he comes across challenges that are different from, but no less sobering, than gunfights. Susannah's dangerous pregnancy continues and she begins slipping into another personality, Mia, who is the creature's mother.

As for Roland, he continually reminds us that he is gunslinger through and through. With little sentimentality and even less mercy, he leads his ka-tet through their task in the calla and on towards the Tower.      

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