I am really surprised by this book, and happy to have read it! Stephen King starts somewhere between book 4 and 5 of the dark tower series. Roland and his ka-tet are still on their long way to the dark tower. They arrive at a river and luckily find some kind of ferry. The ferry-man tells them to beware of a coming Starkblast (a very heavy storm, causing huge drops in temerature, even imploding trees), so they seek shelter in a building made of stone.
When all things are settled (fire made, doors and windows barred...) Roland starts to tell them a story from when he was a newly made gunslinger: he and his friend Jaime went to a small village in order to find out who or what is killing people there. A 12-year old is found and tells that a skinchanger is, who is doing the killing, and that he might be able to identify the person. So Roland, Jaime and a group of locals take the likely ones and bring them to the village. During this time, Roland tells the afraid Boy a Story he often heard as a child - 'the Wind through the keyhole'... So the story in the story begins: little Tim leads a very lovely life with his parents at the edge of the forest. One day his father does not come home from work, he was seemingly killed by a dragon in the forest. So Tims mom - in order to be able to pay her bills - his fathers best friend, who turns out to be not as nice as he seems. Well long story told short, Tim goes on a long journey and finds out what really happened to his dad... He is able to safe an imprisoned Person, to safe his mom from further evil and to safe hisself.
Roland switches then back to his own story, and then the reader goes back to the ka-tet and herewith to the end of the Starkblast.
I really really loved this book! Not only finally an eigth volume of the dark tower, but a very good story (stories...) too. Everything perfect, so 10 out of 10, and guess what! I finished the Vampiracycle AND the 5th volume of Game of Thrones as well (review coming soon) so I already started (nightstand book) 'bones to ashes' by Kathy Reichs, and my standard-with-me-book will be 'der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand' by Jonas Jonasson.