BOOK REVIEW: Wolves of Calla (Dark Tower #5 ) , by Stephen King


Stephen King is a world renowned name , even If you haven’t read his work , you must have seen his movies , or even if you haven’t done that you have at least heard of his name*. Compared to what he has achieved I’m absolutely insignificant in this planet and here I’m ready to write a blog that’s gonna tell you how much of a snooze-fest and overrated this book of his was.

*and if even that hasn’t happened to you , well come back to civilization man , stop hiding under that rock of yours .

Book Succinct:

  Series : Dark tower / pages : 931 /  Genres: Fantasy , Science-fiction , Horror

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World on their quest for the Dark Tower. Their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis. But beyond the tranquil farm town, the ground rises to the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is stealing the town’s soul. The wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to. Their guns, however, will not be enough….

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What I Liked :


Although I have already stated my feelings about this book on the intro to this blog post , There is no denying the fact that the basic premise of the whole series remains absolutely intriguing and the first 100-150 pages were completely focused on that and it raised stakes in terms of this premise .

Meanwhile the final 100 pages were filled with some gripping action sequences and some real cliff-hanger in terms of the ‘Dark Tower’ .

“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”
Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla

There were plenty of 4th wall broken , many real life character brought into the story , many shared universes and many easter eggs for fans of various Kings Novels ,that really made for some amusing time

What I Didn’t Like:

OK , this will sound like , “I think too highly of myself” or I’m simply too arrogant to say this ,but I was absolutely unimpressed with the writing . There were plenty of paragraphs , that were just filled with unnecessarily written words.

The exposition was so filled with rubbish details that it really dulled me off , in fact , I saw one whole page where King went on and on about people in the city of Calla , who played absolutely no role in the whole book . There was another page with couple of paragraphs of King going on about the rice field and it wasn’t descriptive , it felt repetitive.

“No one ever does live happily ever after, but we leave the children to find that out for themselves.”
Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla

I’m no editor , but If i was I would have trimmed nearly 400-500 pages of this book . At one point it felt like King was trying to force this book into the realms of Epic Fantasy without making any effort to create a detailed world or any magic system or focusing on character or wars , both present ones and the past ones .

Talking of magic system , there’s still absolutely no clue , after five books , on how the magic system works , or what it’s limitations are , or what it can do . It’s just there and for plot convenience it keeps doing shit , which again for plot convenience keeps helping the protagonist and his team. I in fact have never before read a book where the Plot and the scenario helps the protagonists so much , usually it’s the other  way around , help for antagonists is always there and these antagonist usually pile more misery for the protagonist, in here the antagonists actually seem to be helping the protagonists.

“The goodbyes we speak and the goodbyes we hear are the good byes that tell us we’re still alive.”
Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla

As I stated before the first 100 and the final 200 pages were entertaining but the rest 600 pages or so were just a unnecessarily dragged dull affair , the biggest culprit in this was the introduction of Father Callahan*, the character in itself was bland and irritating , but learning of His back story , for 5 long chapters amounting to nearly 150+ pages, was arduous to say the least .

*Readers of the Salem Lot series may know of him.

And remember that action sequence I previously wrote about in the “WHAT I LIKED” section … yeah .. about that. The book is over 900 pages , the action is around 50 pages , and the preparation for that action lasts around 50 more pages . So what were the other pages about? I DON’T HAVE A CLUE!



The book in whole felt like a filler book ,having deviating really far away from the main plot of the journey towards Dark Tower , in a way one can successfully argue that there was absolutely no need for this book to be written and maybe King could have just gone on to write the next one . The unnecessary introduction of a side quest , an absolutely uninspiring new world creation , another dull Character addition with an even duller back story and long unnecessary exposition filled this book and at more than one time I was worried this may turn out to be my first DNF. Overall I don’t care how big an author King maybe , I absolutely hated this book.

“If,’ Roland said. ‘An old teacher of mine used to call it the only word a thousand letters long.”
Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla

My Review of the other Dark Tower books –

  1. Gunslinger, Dark Tower #1 ,
  2. The Drawing of The Three , Dark Tower #2
  3. Wastelands , The Dark Tower #3
  4. Wizard and the Glass , Dark Tower #4

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10 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Wolves of Calla (Dark Tower #5 ) , by Stephen King

  1. Love your honesty… I haven’t read King’s books and even though I keep telling people I will check out The Stand soon, I am just hesitant… I’ve heard how he craps up the endings in some books and then on the opposing side there are people who are complete and utter fans plus the people who love some of his books and dislike others… I’m just not ready to commit… I truly am afraid of reading his book(s) 😀

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    1. I have only read “It” and “Shining” before this . I had heard so much about “The Dark Tower” and 2 of my rare book reading friends decided to do a book club read for The Dark Tower, after the first book they have stopped , I keep continuing because I’m so compulsive about completing books i have started . That said the book is still highly rated on all media but my honest opinion isn’t at all positive about it and I say that while reading the penultimate book of the series . Especially considering other good fantasy books I have already been lucky to have read . So far I have read 5 and 1/2 books of the series and liked only 2 of them

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      1. I don’t know how you’re able to just continue with the series if you’re not really liking it.. not that’s bookworm stamina! 🙂 I’d drop it… but then again, the niggle stays- will the next book be so good it redeems the whole series? You’re brave anyway! 🙂

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      2. it’s less about being brave and more about my bad obsessive compulsive habit of finishing whatever I Start .

        Probably the best example is the whole Eragon (or Inheritence) series by Christopher Paolini , hated that plagiarized mix-mash of LOTR and Star wars from the first book , but I finished all 4 books regardless . To this day it’s my worst read / rated book .

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      3. Oh gosh, this sounds… tough! Does the compulsive habit put you into a reading slump as well, then? Like when you’re reading something that you’re not enjoying, doesn’t it just make you never want to read a book again?

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      4. No , somehow it hasn’t , I have never had ‘reader burnout’ I’ve had some personal troubles that have made me reluctant to read and that has resulted in a slump on a few occasions but not for any other reasons

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. As I have said I haven’t read many of King’s work . I felt annoyed at this book because the series had started really well and people always say it’s one of the best fantasy works but I’m starting to disagree , lets see how it ends though .

      Oh and I do intend on reading more of King’s work in near future


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