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The Little Sisters of Eluria by Stephen King Review - Book in a Sitting Series
What is "Book in a Sitting" series
Time is valuable. Finding time to do things you love is hard. And if you love spending valuable time reading a book, you certainly don't want to waste it oncrappy book. Here is my attempt to bring you the books that are short and can be read in one sitting.
Diclamer: I do not guarantee you will love this book. I guarantee there is a value in this book and you should read the review and decide for yourself if it's your cup of tea or not.
The Little Sisters of Eluria by Stephen King
“The Little Sisters of Eluria” is a prequel to the first volume of the Dark Tower saga. Roland is now a lone wanderer, searching for the trail of the elusive sorcerer known as the Man in Black. On a hot day during the season of Full Earth, Roland enters a deserted town in the Desatoya Mountains. The town is called Eluria, and it is empty except for a lame dog, a drowned boy, and the eerie sound of tinkling silver bells. As Roland searches for the town’s missing inhabitants, he is attacked by the slow mutants known as the Green Folk. Our unconscious hero is rescued by an itinerant band of female healers who call themselves the Little Sisters of Eluria.
"The Little Sisters of Eluria" is a short novella by Stephen King that serves as a prequel to his "Dark Tower" series. It'a a way to ease people into the bigger series known as "Dark Tower" series, but it's also a marvelous stand-alone piece of literature that deserves the reading, even if you do not plan to read his other work.
Many people consider it mini-episode in series, but it stands on its own and provides plenty of entertainment for those that are not familiar with the series. For those already familiar with "Dark Tower" series will find this to be refreshing look on Roland Deschain, the main protagonist.
“Jamie DeCurry had once proclaimed that Roland could shoot blindfolded, because he had eyes in his fingers.”
When asked about "The Little Sisters of Eluria" Stephen King said: "What I did want to do was to give newcomers to the tale of the Tower (and old readers who want to refresh their memories) a clearer start and a slightly easier entry into Roland's world. I also wanted them to have a volume that more effectively foreshadowed coming events."
This book is for you if...
If you are familiar with Stephen King and his work on "Dark Tower" series, this story brings different aspect on main character, Roland of Gilead. Here we see Roland being something else than killing machine that he is in beggining of the "Dark Tower" series. The memories of Susan are still fresh and he didn't sell his humanity for his goal. Really paints Roland in different light and gives the reader hope that Roland is not damned as much as we've thought.
If you're new to the world of our main protagonist Roland of Gilead, you will be left in awe and wondering what exactly happend before and after the story. Why is the world so similar, yet vastly different than ours. The book will grip from beggining to the end and left more questions open than closed. You'll meet the main character that has a mission in front of him, and dark past behind him, and makes you wonder what future might hold for Roland of Gilead.
This book is not for you if...
If you are person that likes to finish the book and have all questions answered, you should skip this book. The world might leave you confused, the characters unbelievable and everything confusing.
If you want definitive ending to a book, character progression, grand story with lots of twist, try something else, The Little Sisters of Eluria are not for you unfortunately
About the author
Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine. King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards.
"The Little Sisters of Eluria" serves as a great short novella that you can read in one sitting. Captivating the reader in the world of Roland of Gilead, it serves great as a starting point to bigger series of "Dark Tower" and as stand-alone story with horror elements in it. In any case, it's a great read and gives memorable experience, a book that everyone should give a try. And who knows, maybe you'll spend next few months binge reading whole "Dark Tower" series, all because of this book.