The Drawing of the Three

The Dark Tower #2

Stephen King

fiction fantasy horror science fiction
adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced

463 pages | first published 1987

While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland, the last gunslinger, encounters three mysterious doorways on the beach. Each one enters into the life of a different person living in contemporary New York.

Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.

Once again, Stephen King has masterfully interwoven dark, evocative fantasy and icy realism.

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adventurous 96%
dark 75%
mysterious 64%
tense 46%
funny 21%
emotional 17%
challenging 7%


medium 65%
fast 31%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 15%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 52% | It's complicated: 40% | No: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 16%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 4%

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