21. A book with a great first line

The Gunslinger – The Dark Tower book 1

by Stephen King

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

This is the first line of an epic fantasy/horror series by Stephen King. It’s an absolute favourite of mine, I’m currently on my second journey to the Tower. The first time was mind-blowing and life altering, some books have that quality about them to make you look at life differently, deeper somehow.

*****SPOILERS FROM HERE*****

The story tells of a gunslinger, Roland Deschain, who is chasing a man in black. During the hunt he meets different people, kills a lot of them, encounters a talking raven and happens upon a boy. The boy is Jake Chambers, he doesn’t know how he came to Roland’s world, but knows he will die there, because Roland needs to catch up to the man in black. In the end, Jake fall to his death after telling the gunslinger: “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” Roland is conflicted, but pursues his hunt for the man in black. He feels guilt, because Jake put his trust in him, however his need for answers is greater. In the end he reached the man in black and he turns out to be an old acquaintance: Walter. They palaver and Walter informs Roland of his future, afterwards he tries to get Roland to renounce for the Tower. Roland refuses and Walter sends him west. The story ends with Roland arriving at the shore of the Western Sea.

For all you Tower-junkies out there: I contemplated switching the way each challenge was numbered so this one would be 19. In my mind it is.

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One thought on “21. A book with a great first line

  1. Levi says:

    You’re right, this first line is awesome! I like how you considered changing your sequence so this is 19. 🙂

    If you’re interested, check out my weekly DT reviews starting here: https://leviathanbound.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/the-gunslinger/

    Happy reading!

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