Perhaps the greatest aspect of the Dark Tower series, aside from the spider demon baby and the train possessed by a sarcastic robot train, is the fact that each volume in the 7-part epic has its own character. It has its own identity. If the first volume was the ethereal and narrative-stripped introduction to the world, The Drawing of the Three ups the insanity and brings in the main players of this chess game with no actual rules.

The second volume is legitimately entertaining throughout, with a structure that some may find annoying. if you don’t enjoy the eccentric nature of these characters early on (not as humans, but as oddities) then you may have a hard time getting into this world.

The segregated narrative here essentially divides the book into three sections, which can be off-putting if you find yourself knee-deep in a section of the book focusing on a character you find unappealing. get used to it, because the Drawing of the Three brings out the top headliners, the Doctor Whos of Doctor Who, the Buffys of Buffy, if you will.

The book derives joy in taking its sweet time unveiling the three key characters, and bringing us to a firm place of new adventures awaiting. The ending here is the true beginning.