A story, within a story, within a story, The Wind through the Keyhole takes a side journey away from the Dark Tower saga and into a lighter more personal view of Roland. It takes in his formative years through the first story flashback to the start of his career as a gunslinger and branches into pride, courage, patience, grief and thinking outside the box with a dash of myth, legend, fantasy and magic thrown in. Roland and his travelling companions are forced into shelter from a “starkblast” leading Roland to tell his own story around the fire while hunkered down.
The first story branch leads us to the start of Roland’s career as he is sent on a mission by his father to track down a mass killer. (Can’t give the story away) and meets the recently orphaned Bill Streeter, a somewhat younger version of Roland, and enters a to and fro relationship which asks and answers questions about his own relationship with his father. This leads Roland into a role of more of a mentor and father figure and he tells Bill a story.
“The wind through the keyhole” is the internal sub story (fairy tale) within and is established in the forest village of Tree. This sometimes dark story takes you to a realm in a long post-apocalyptic feudal setting, which slowly dawns on the reader, and moves on into the adventure of Tim, and his quest and the mystery man in black. Interwoven into Tim’s journey are lovely touches of the worlds of Merlin (Maerlyn), Asimov, Oz, Wonderland and others beautifully stitched together into a learning and growth experience for the main character and anyone who wants to go along for the ride.
We all look forward to a good ending to a book and again without wanting to give too much away each and every reader should finish this book with a great feeling of satisfaction.
This book does stand alone as an independent novel and tends to make you want to get involved in the greater story of the Dark Tower, which I have not read but now will. The writing style was light and easy, and changed with the telling of each tale, depending on the age of the listener, propelling the reader to find out what the resolution of each will be.
This book was a captivating read with a lot of surprises along the way. It should not be considered a book for children but more for the light fantasy adventure reader. If you want to find out what a billy-bumbler is or who or what is Daria…… Go for it.
Reviewed by Julia Leathwick
The Wind Through The Keyhole
by Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd