Author : Stephen King
Reading Dates : 1 Aug - 7 Aug 2009
Dark Tower Series. Wizard and Glass is the fourth book in The Dark Tower series. The books in the series are listed below :
- The Gunslinger
- The Drawing of the Three
- The Waste Lands
Wizard and Glass
- Wolves of the Calla
- Song of Susannah
- The Dark Tower
Wizard and Glass Book Summary. The story continues immediately from The Waste Lands as Roland and his ka-tet attempt to stump Blaine the Mono with a riddle and thus win their lives. Unexpectedly, it is Eddie Dean who saves the day with his joke-riddles. As they continue on their way, Roland tells them one part of his past starting with his early test of manhood at the age of 14. Although Roland succeeds, his father still sends him away to Mejis with 2 of his closest friends, in order to protect him from the machinations of MartenBroadcloak. Unfortunately, Mejis is no longer the safe haven of his father's younger days. The men charged with the protection of Mejis has betrayed their vows and are in a secret pact to supply the rebels with weapons they will need to destroy the Affiliation. Though Roland and his friends manage to take down most of the traitors, there is a high price to be paid. Roland's first love, Susan Delgado is captured and falsely murdered by the common folk of Mejis for treason. Worse still, Roland is tricked into accidentally killing his mother when he attempts to hide his mother's part in the assassination attempt on his father. At the end of his tale, Roland and his companions once more find themselves on the path of the Beam and continue on their quest.
My Reviews. Wizard and Glass is not my favourite of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, but there are some interesting and funny scenes. Such as the first confrontation between Roland's and Eldred Jonas's group. That Mexican standoff is both funny and reminiscent of Westerns. Roland's stories as Eddie declares are always Westerns. Perhaps the reason I have always found this particular book disappointing is I have never understood why Susan and Roland fell in love. Susan Delgado is supposedly Roland Deschain's great love but Susan's attractions for Roland seems to be more physical than anything else. Still, this book answers some questions on Roland's past if not all.