Published: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Scribner Books
Roland Deschain and his Ka-tet have to wait out a destructive storm in a stone house located at the center of an abandoned village. As they wait, Roland tells the other three a story. Two stories, actually, of his first adventure as a young gun slinger. He, with his partner Jamie, is sent by his (Roland’s) father to investigate a string of recent murders supposedly carried out by a shape shifter in the town of Little Debaria. By the time Roland and Jamie arrive at Debaria, the shape shifter has caused even greater damage, wiping out an entire farm house, except for one little boy, Bill Streeter, who could identify the shape shifter in his human form.
While Roland and Bill wait for the suspects to arrive, he tells Bill a story that was often read to him by his mother when he was little. ‘The Wind through the Keyhole’ is the story of another young, brave boy, Tim Ross, and his magical but often dangerous adventure on a journey to uncover the truth behind his father’s sudden death, and to cure his mother.
“Time is a keyhole…we sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do – the wind that blows through the keyhole – is the breath of all living universe.”
The book was written as a bridge of some sort between the first four and the last four Dark Tower books. I haven’t read any other book in the series, and because of this, it was a little difficult to follow the relationships between the characters in the beginning. But further into the book, some explanation is offered, which sheds some light.
A Wind Through the Keyhole is a story within a story, of a little boy who had to cross human borders to discover hidden truths and to protect his family.
The story in which the story is being told is of the adventures of the storyteller as a much younger, guilt-ridden gun slinger.
It’s an enjoyable read as a standalone. And even though reading the other books in the series will give a better understanding of the characters (who seem like a couple of New Yorkers who somehow fell into an old world/alternate reality), the continuation of the series is only a little part which connects it to the other books.
I recommend it to lovers of good fantasy.