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Wolves of Calla (Dark Tower #5) – Stephen King || REVIEW

The next book in the Dark Tower series, Stephen King’s magnum opus. Has it lived up to the expectations the first four books set? Let’s find out!


Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World on their quest for the Dark Tower. Their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis. But beyond the tranquil farm town, the ground rises to the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is stealing the town’s soul. The wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to. Their guns, however, will not be enough….


Rated PG-13 (Battles, Language, and Sexual Innuendos), 931 pages

The Good:

  • Each of the Dark Tower books seems to showcase a different genre. This book was very clearly a mystery, and it was super interesting
  • The mystery itself kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I was never able to fully guess what the end reveal was, and I was glad for that.
  • All of our favorite characters were back and we even met a few new ones! It really felt like a continuation of the series that I loved so much.
  • The western element is really played up in this one, much like in The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass. It was nice to see and really adds to the uniqueness of the entire series.
  • One character has a super cool and scary story arc, that introduces one (arguably two) new characters that could change the rest of the series.
  • Holy references! This book is chock full of references from the year this books takes place all the way up to 2002. I don’t want to spoil anything, but WOW!


The Bad:

  • I loved the beginning and end of this book, but the middle really lulled for me. It involved our titular characters trying to solve the mystery by talking to characters that we had just met. Honestly, I just didn’t care about these side characters enough to be invested in their stories.
  • The ending was a little underwhelming, but I think it is only because they are setting up for the next book, instead of tying up the story with a pretty bow.



  • Story – 4.5/5
  • Characters – 3.5/5
  • Setting – 4.5/5
  • Writing – 4/5
  • Uniqueness – 4/5

Overall I Rate This 4.1 Roonts out of 5!





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