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Stephen King’s Dark Tower series in order

Here you will find the Dark Tower reading order, a dark fantasy western series written by no other than Stephen King! yes, the master of horror also enjoys writing fantasy, and he excels at it as well! the first volume of the Dark Tower series, The Gunslinger, introduces us to Roland Deschain, the last member of the gunslingers, an organization that protected the world.

Also, not only you will find Stephen King’s Dark Tower series in order but we’ll also recommend you some other worth reading books that are similar to King’s work. And, of course, we’ll recommend you the best Dark Tower book set we found, so you can get all the novels in this series.

Most recommended Dark Tower reading order – a series by Stephen King

We recommend you read the Dark Tower series in chronological order. Here you have all the novels shown following such recommendation, you can get any of them by clicking on their cover, or click on the blue button to take a look at the reviews of those who have already enjoyed these books:

If you enjoy collecting books, then this Dark Tower book set will be a great addition to your collection. It collects all the books in the series. you can choose between Kindle and Paperback, and it has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, having more than 1.800 reviews.

Now that we told you the reading order for The Dark Tower series, take a look at these similar books

We have no doubt that you will enjoy the obscure tone of the Dark Tower books, so you will be willing to read some similar fantasy series once you have read the last novel in the series. Here you have 3 series that you will enjoy as well:

If you enjoy reading fantasy books you probably know these 3 series already. The series by Robert Jordan is known as one of the best fantasy series of all time, here you have this post with all The Wheel of Time reading order.

The lore of the Dark Tower books is just fascinating, if you are into complex worldbuilding then don’t miss The Malazan book of the fallen series, you will really enjoy it as well.

Is there any alternative reading order for the Dark Tower series

The best way to enjoy this series is by reading these novels in publication order. But there’s an exception to this, The Wind Through the Keyhole was written several years later to the other volumes, but since its plot is set between the fourth and the fifth books of the series we believe it’s better you read it after finishing the fourth volume.

However, here goes a list with the Dark Tower series in publication order, so you can decide how you want to enjoy this western fantasy series by Stephen King.

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The Dark Tower reading order

Dark Tower series – Stephen King


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Reading order:

  • The Gunslinger (Dark Tower book 1)
  • The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower book 2)
  • The Waste Lands (Dark Tower book 3)
  • Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower book 4)
  • Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower book 5)
  • Song of Susannah (Dark Tower book 6)
  • The Dark Tower (Dark Tower book 7)
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole (Dark Tower book 8)

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While it is true that The Wind Through the Keyhole was written way later than the rest of the books in the series most readers have enjoyed it and believe that it is a great addition to the Dark Tower series so we encourage you to not skip this novel.

Also, you’ll be glad to know that the Dark Tower series is concluded, which means you don’t have to wait for Stephen King to write any additional volume in the series to know how it ends.

What is this series about?

In this series, we meet Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger. He lives in a fictional world, that has a huge resemblance to the American Old West (if cowboys were able to use magic, of course).

Ronald embarks on a journey to find the Dark Tower, a building that is said to connect all the realities (a sort of multiverse setting), so he can save his own world, which is gradually disappearing or rather, collapsing.

Fun fact, Stephen King got the inspiration to start writing the Dark Tower series from the poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,  by Robert Browning.

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Additionally, you might be aware that there is a movie adaptation of this series, well, most of Stephen King’s works have had a film adaptation, don’t they?. Of which you must know two things. First one, that the film’s plot is set after the events narrated in the Dark Tower books. And second, that the movie flopped, and the general opinion is that it doesn’t do justice to the books at all. The same reason is why the Vampire Academy 2 film was never filmed, the first movie adaptation being extremely bad.

Now that we told you the reading order of the Dark Tower books you can enjoy Roland Deschain’s epic tale. Some fans of Stephen Kings’ works believe this series is his best work, what are your thoughts? leave a comment telling us if you have read this series and which you think is the best book by Stephen King.

1 Comment on "Stephen King’s Dark Tower series in order"

  • I’ve read every book Stephen King has published…except this Dark Tower series! He’s my favorite author. I haven’t started this series because somehow i read one of the books in the middle of the series(perhaps it was the only reading material available somewhere when i was very bored?) And it has ruined the series for me…I’m so confused! I keeptrying to start frombook one and i just can’t get into it!?why!? My fav novel is(this is too hard) um…11-22-63 maybe? I also loved Pet Semetary,Salems lot, The Stand, Rose Madder!!awesome…and TheEyes of the Dragon…i love them all actually. So i really hippie i can try again with this series!wish me luck!thanks forsharing!

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