Great The Drawing of the Three is the continuing adventures of Roland who is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a Tower with magical powers. In the second story of the series we find Roland going through time and places to gather the other "gunslingers" and a "gunslinger in training". One by one all three new characters come across to Roland's plane of existance. A woman, A drug addict, and a boy. To be able to go back were they came from they are forced to join Roland on his journey to Dark Tower to find a way back. Throughout, the story we find a growing respect, friendship, and love between all 4 of the characters as they journey towards the Dark Tower.Great stuff Great continuation of Roland`s quest and, more imortantly, great introduction to other major characters! Ya`ll start lovin` Edie Dean right from this book, fellas!Totally Spellbinding! A Terrific Tale! Roland Deschain of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger, awakens in the middle of the night on the shore of Mid-World's Western Sea to find that he is being attacked by a horde of "lobstrosities," crawling, carnivorous creatures which resemble large, deadly lobsters. He finally escapes their clutches, and discovers himself badly wounded, having lost the first two fingers of his right hand to the bottom crawlers. He has been poisoned by the lobstrosities' venom and will become extremely sick - at risk of dying. Thus opens Volume Two of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, "The Drawing Of The Three." It is urgent that Roland acquire penicillin in order to remedy his illness and continue his quest for The Dark Tower, the complete nexus of time and space. He has dedicated himself to putting right whatever is wrong with his world, which has "moved on," decayed.
Crippled, dehydrated, and dying from blood poisoning, Roland encounters a door, standing alone and freely on the beach. The door opens only to Roland's touch, and it leads to our world, Earth, New York City, sometime in the 1980's. He must draw three people from Earth, (NYC), to accompany him to the Tower. Defiant Eddie Dean, "The Prisoner," is the first of the three, and he needs to act fast to help Roland get medication before he dies.
Eddie's selection was foretold by the man in black when he read the cards for Roland at the end of Book One. Dean is a junkie, a heroin addict and smart - but obviously not smart enough. He's also a cocaine mule for drug kingpin Enrico Balazar. Roland walks through the door on the beach and from the moment he crosses the threshold, he shares Eddie's mind and body - sees the world through Eddie's eyes. Eddie finds himself "possessed" by the Gunslinger while on a plane headed for JFK. From the TWA flight to their detention by Customs for carrying a load of "coke," to a shoot-out with Balazar and friends, with an eventual stop for penicillin, Eddie's and Roland's quality time together is one harrowing adventure after another, to say the very least. The two finally make it back to the Western Sea in "the other world," with medicine. Roland quickly learns the rules of passing through portals, the language and slang of NYC, and begins to acclimate to the mystical principles of this new Mid-World
A second door is discovered and Roland crosses the threshold into NYC in the early 1960's, and looks at the strange landscape through the eyes of "The Lady Of The Shadows' - not one, but two women in one body. Odetta Holmes is a young, beautiful civil rights activist who is wheelchair-bound. Detta Walker is a hate-filled, crazed, sly woman who inhabits the schizophrenic Odetta's mind. When these two are pulled into Roland's world serious problems arise.
Jack Mort, "The Pusher," is Death, ("but not for Roland."). He is also the evil, serial killer behind the third door. He literally pushes people to their deaths. Amongst his heinous crimes, Mort has killed and maimed two people close to Roland. He is also at the heart of a mind boggling mystery - a paradox, which confounds The Gunslinger. Their time together in New York (1970's), is the wildest and woolliest yet. King does great work in this episode. Mort serves his purpose and receives his just reward. The author uses the trips to Earth and the characters he encounters there to deal with the earthly issues of racism, feminism, mental illness, the trials of adolescence, etc..
Eddie and Odetta/Detta, who morphs into Susannah Dean, along with Roland, make three companions - gunslingers all. The Gunslinger really whips them into shape. For the first time in many years Roland of Gilead is no longer alone on his quest. The new characters, their individual histories, and their interactions with each other are what is so fascinating about this novel. These folks really spring to life on the pages with so much energy. The narrative clips along at a good pace with a storyline filled with adventures, which cause one to suspend belief at times. King's imagery is absolutely stunning - very easy to visualize. The gunslinger's world is filled with elements of the fantastic, the magical, some sci-fi, a bit of horror, and the mundane as well. The plot really fleshes out in "The Drawing of the Three." It is a book very difficult to put down - a real winner!! JANA