Beginning where book six left off, Jake Chambers and Father Callahan battle the evil infestation within the Dixie Pig, a vampire lounge featuring roasted human flesh and doors to other worlds; Callahan sacrifices himself so Jake can survive. Mia, her body now physically separated from Susannah Dean, gives birth to Mordred Deschain, the biological son of Roland Deschain and Susannah. The Crimson King is also a "co-father" of this prophetic child, so it is not surprising when "baby" Mordred's first act is to shapeshift into a spider-creature and feast on his birth-mother. Susannah fails to kill Mordred, but eliminates other agents of the Crimson King, enabling her to escape and meet up with Jake. Aging at an accelerated rate, Mordred later stalks Roland and the other gunslingers throughout this adventure, shifting from human to spider as the need arises, seething with an instinctive rage toward Roland, his "white father".
Roland and Eddie make their way back from Maine to Fedic, where the ka-tet, now reunited, must stop a group known as Breakers (they include Dinky Earnshaw and Ted Brautigan), who continue to use their telepathic abilities to break away at the beams that support the Tower. If the Tower falls, the Crimson King believes he will rule the ensuing chaos. Similarly, Walter (a.k.a. Randall Flagg) has dreams of grandeur in which he plans to slay Mordred, using the birthmark on Mordred's heel to gain access to the Tower. The Gunslingers free the Breakers from their captors, but Eddie is mortally wounded in the battle and dies a short while later. Roland and Jake pause to mourn and then jump back to Maine along with Oy in order to save the life of Stephen King (who is a secondary character in the book). Jake pushes King out of the way of a speeding van in 1999, but is killed in the process. Roland, heartbroken, buries Jake and returns to Susannah in Fedic, where they depart and travel for weeks across the freezing badlands toward the Tower.
On the way they find Patrick Danville, a young man imprisoned by a someone who calls himself Joe Collins but is really a psychic vampire named Dandelo. Patrick is freed and soon his special talent becomes evident: his drawings and paintings have the strange tendency to become reality. He draws a magic door for Susannah; once it appears, she says goodbye to Roland and crosses over to a New York similar to her own, where different versions of Eddie and Jake are waiting for her. Mordred, who easily manipulated and killed Walter, finally reaches and attacks Roland. Oy viciously defends his dinh, providing the extra seconds needed to exterminate the were-spider. Unfortunately, Oy is impaled on a piece of kindling and dies. Roland continues on to his ultimate goal and uses Patrick's special abilities to defeat the Crimson King, gaining entry into the Tower. The last scene is that of Roland crying out the names of his loved ones and fallen comrades as he had vowed to do. The door of the dark tower closes shut as Patrick watches from a distance.
At this point, Stephen King inserts an "Afterword" which warns readers to close the book at this point, consider the story finished, and not venture inside the Tower with Roland. If the reader does not heed the warning, the story resumes with Roland climbing to the top of the Dark Tower. He encounters various rooms with siguls or signs of his past life. He reaches a door marked "Roland" and to his horror, he realizes he has reached the Tower countless times before. He is sucked through the door only to be teleported back in time to the Mohaine desert, ending the series where it began in the first line of book one: "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." There is a slight twist, however; the memory of reaching the Tower quickly fades, yet Roland now somehow possesses the Horn of Eld that he had foolishly lost long ago during the battle of Jericho Hill. This subtle but significant change from the previous timeline further enforces the implication that this cycle of Roland's journey will present him the opportunity to make different decisions and possibly break the cycle and find salvation.
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The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book 7)
|Donald M Grant Publishers Limited Hardcover edition, Date published 2004, Illustrated by Michael Whelan, 442 pages|
||The seventh and final volume in Stephen King's Gunslinger series, published in a limited edition of 1500 copies. Because of the length of this work the limited edition was issued in two volumes, each in a dustjacket, and sharing a single slipcase and limitation page signed by Stephen King and artist Michael Whelan.||
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