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the-dark-tower-stephen-kingJake, The Gunslingero then. There are other worlds than these.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Rolling Stone,, Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance by Robin FurthCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Total pages in the most recent paperback editions of The Dark Tower series4,720Years between publication of The Gunslinger and The Wind Through the Keyhole—the first and last books30Other Stephen King novels and stories that connect to The Dark Tower series39Stephen King novels sold worldwide between 1974 and 2014350MThe Dark Towerby the NumbersThe best-selling author established himself as a master of the horror genre early in his career. Despite his success, King had no idea how The Dark Tower would be received. The series eventually gained a large and devoted following.STEPHEN KINGBORN 1947AuthorSymbolsRoseSymbolizes the fragile state of existence as well as the triumph of good over evilKeysStand for the connection between worlds and between individualsTowerRepresents the power of redemption for all existence and for individuals who believe in its powerThemesDestinyDestiny (ka) binds people and events together in a larger scheme that becomes clear over time.ArtArtistic expression has the power to change and shape destiny.Good & EvilIn the struggle between good and evil, good can win, but often at great sacrifice.Moving through many worlds and time periods, Roland Deschain pursues his destiny to save the Dark Tower, a structure at the center of all existence. As he connects with his fellow travelers to surmount treacherous obstacles, Roland learns he cannot succeed alone, nor does he want to.Find the Tower toSave the UniverseMAIN CHARACTERSRoland DeschainLast gunslinger of Mid-World; leads the quest to find and save the Dark TowerEddie DeanStreet-smart former junkie with dry sense of humorJake ChambersBrave, smart boy drawn into the quest to save the TowerSusannah DeanBrave, compassionate woman; has split personalitiesEnglishOriginal Language19822012Years PublishedStephen KingAuthorThe Dark TowerFantasySeries

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