The Drawing of the Three is the second part in Stephen King’s seven-part series, The Dark Tower. In case you missed it, here’s my review of the first part, The Gunslinger.
Like the rest of King’s work that I’ve read, this book displays high-quality writing, specifically when it comes to descriptions. I don’t think I can overstate how magnificent his skill is when describing scenery, actions, or emotions. It’s a wonder to behold, and each of his books is worth reading just to marvel at that aspect of the craft.
Also like the rest of King’s work that I’ve read, this story takes a detour down strange, fantastical roads. Unfortunately, this part of his writing generally leaves me wanting.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of fantasy. In fact, I used to be a huge fan of the genre. But I often find myself trudging through Stephen King’s form of it.
It’s not bad by any means, but it’s far from my particular tastes. In fact, if it weren’t for the exquisite writing, I might not even be into the underlying story–especially when it’s a sequel. Of course, this book deals with interesting concepts, but King delves into too much that is far-too-fetched in my opinion.
Still, it always comes back to the writing with King. It’s superb. Such fine writing, in fact, that I often forget about the story and its stranger elements in favor of just enjoying the word pictures the author creates.
I give this one a 4.5 out of 5. Almost all of the stars are due to the writing skill and style, and a portion gives credit to King’s story itself. It’s still fairly fun and hard to put down, just not exactly to my liking.
4.5 out of 5 stars