A great read that (sort of) ties into the Dark Tower story as a distant prequel. If you aren't a Dark Tower fan or haven't read the series, do not let that put you off. It also differs from King's more popular works in that there is no horror or excessive violence. The story is comparable to a children's fantasy novel, though it paints a few violent pictures that push it out of that category. Fans of the Dark Tower series (and the Stand), who will undoubtedly recognize the mysterious magician.