Wizard & Glass
by Stephen King
Having narrowly escaped Lud and Blaine, the ka-tet finds itself in Topeka, Kansas, a ghost town depopulated by a superflu. So that they can continue, Roland must tell them of a time in his youth which helped define the man he has become. Before the tale is finished he must confront a man who may hold the key to the Dark Tower.
Flap: "YES," Blaine said at last. "I AGREE IF I SOLVE ALL THE RIDDLES
YOU ASK ME, I WILL TAKE YOU WITH ME TO THE PLACE WHERE THE PATH ENDS IN
THE CLEARING. IF ONE OF YOU TELLS A RIDDLE I CANNOT SOLVE, I WILL SPARE
YOUR LIVES AND LEAVE YOU IN TOPEKA, FROM WHENCE YOU MAY CONTINUE YOUR
QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER, IF YOU SO CHOOSE. HAVE I UNDERSTOOD THE TERMS
AND LIMITS OF YOUR PROPOSAL CORRECTLY, ROLAND SON OF STEVEN?" "Yes." There
was a moment of silence, broken only by the hard steady throb of the slo-trans
turbines bearing them on across the waste lands, bearing them along the
Path of the Beam toward Topeka, where Mid-World ended and End World began.
"SO," cried the voice of Blaine. "CAST YOUR NETS, WANDERERS! TRY ME WITH
YOUR QUESTIONS, AND LET THE CONTEST BEGIN."
Series (The Dark Tower) Summary:
At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The “spaghetti Westerns” of that time and a poem written by Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of seven books and the short story, “The Little Sisters of Eluria” published in his short story collection, Everything’s Eventual.
From Author's official site, www.stephenking.com
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