Do you need to read the dark tower series in order?

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All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.
Jul 11, 2006
Spokane, WA
If you skip Wizard & Glass you will not appreciate the full impact of what happened to Roland and his first love, Susan. You'll miss out on a look into his formative years. You will also miss out on one of King's best villians- Rhea Of the Coos. She is one evil b*tch!


Richard Bachman's love child
Nov 28, 2006
You can do it but Wizard and Glass is divine. Save it to read in the future if you will. Go on to the next one though. I read The Drawing Of The Three before I read the Gunslinger. I was glad I did actually. I did not fancy the Gunslinger at all. You are in for a treat when you read Wolves....oh yes, indeedy do! The very best. It is the berries!!!!
Mar 7, 2015
I agree, read the books in the order they were released.

Wizard and Glass is an amazing book, I wasn't too sure going into it when I realised it was basically one big flashback to Roland's past ...but as with most things King related I was soon convinced lol.

The Nameless

M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless
Jul 10, 2011
The Darkside of the Moon (England really)
I know this is an old thread and Stephen has probably finished them all by now, but I would not advise skipping a book. Yes, wizard and glass is mostly set in roland's past, but the start of it is the continuation of the blaine the mono climax. Wastelands ended with a cliff hanger, for this reason I would say book 4 is only one you couldn't skip.
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