The Dark Tower IV - Stephen King

The Dark Tower IV

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 583 Ratings)


The fourth volume in the brilliant Dark Tower Series is “splendidly tense…rip-roaring” (Publishers Weekly)—a #1 national bestseller about an epic quest to save the universe.

In Wizard and Glass, Stephen King is “at his most ebullient…sweeping readers up in…swells of passion” (Publishers Weekly) as Roland the Gunslinger, Eddie, Susannah, and Jake survive Blaine the Mono’s final crash, only to find themselves stranded in an alternate version of Topeka, Kansas, that has been ravaged by the superflu virus. While following the deserted I-70 toward a distant glass palace, Roland recounts his tragic story about a seaside town called Hambry, where he fell in love with a girl named Susan Delgado, and where he and his old tet-mates Alain and Cuthbert battled the forces of John Farson, the harrier who—with a little help from a seeing sphere called Maerlyn’s Grapefruit—ignited Mid-World’s final war.

Filled with “blazing action” (Booklist), the fourth installment in the Dark Tower Series “whets the appetite for more” (Bangor Daily News). Wizard and Glass is a thrilling read from “the reigning King of American popular literature” (Los Angeles Daily News).


  • LOVED IT!!

    By Meems3
    Loved this and can’t wait to start the next book in this series.
  • Great insight into Roland’s past — maybe poorly times.

    By Luke Fry
    Initially, I was dumbfounded with the exquisite writing of the Dark Tower series. I read the first three books in quick succession, and was having a great time. When I initially started the fourth installment, Wizard and Glass, I thought that it would be much of the similar experience that I had previously gotten from the Dark Tower series. I may have been wrong, but that doesn’t mean that it was a bad thing. In Wizard and Glass, we get a long winded story about Rolands past and his initial first love, and possibly his first sacrifice for the Tower. That Damned Tower. The book is about 700 pages long, and 400 or 500 of those pages will take place in the past when Roland is 14 years old. This book does not follow the ka-tet with Eddie, Jake, Susanna and Oy as often as I had initially expected, however, it is a very intriguing story, which gives you some valuable insight into the lore and universe of the Dark Tower and prepares you further for the following books in the series. I do think that maybe the story of Roland’s past should have come earlier in the series, however, I do understand why it was placed where it was. Overall, I found this book to be amazing and intriguing. I’m quite excited to continue my journey to the tower, and may take a break to read Salems lot before part five because I do know that it ties into the series.
  • Best of the series so far

    By jhayes2021
    Each book gets better. This one has a beautiful and heart wrenching love story.
  • A tesseract of a series!

    By Shadsquatch
    Stories within stories within stories; each marvelously sculpted, painted and textured to be exactly more than expected.
  • Terribly beautiful, terribly tragic

    By Shadowgokustar
    This story is one that I find has a much more emotionally deep plot than the other DT books up to this point. My eyes were glued to the text with every spare moment I could find, and as I progressed through, I found that I had such a strong grasp of the characters, with their realistic traits and flaws, moreso than ever before. Definitely one of the top 5 fiction(?) books I’ve ever read.
  • Worth The Wait

    By Giggles@you
    I've been reading King for 16 years now. A wide variety of his collection has graced my bookshelves. He teaches me the history of time in his sentences and fiction. He brings generations to light and life. By doing so he is forever keeping me on my toes. I picked up The Wizard and The Glass when I was a young age, 14 actually. I was so disheartened that it was number four in a series that didn't sound appealing to my youth. Over the last few years I've read about Roland and his expanding company and I've never been so engrossed by one of his novels. King's after note was, "right on the money," as some would say. I love the perspective it gives of his own history with this series. This book was well worth the wait and I can't wait to finish the series. Fourteen seems like an eon ago, but I'm glad my taste in reading has "remained true." Originally, I picked up the book because it's cover art was so well done and hypnotizing in its own respect. If only I had known that the story itself was the true pink light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you Mr. King for such a beautiful work of art.
  • Wizard and Glass

    Wasn't expecting a telling of Roland's younger years. The pacing of that story was really slow and hard to get through, but once you get through it it was a story worth reading.