by Stephen King & Peter Straub
Twelve year old Jack Sawyer learns he is special while running from his uncle with his mother. Jack's mother is sick and he must endure an epic adventure that will not only save her life, but also a queen's. He must accept his destiny and head west while surviving evils that do not want him to succeed.
This is quite a long book, so prepare for a lot of reading. When I first read this book many years ago, I couldn't get thru it. I had trouble focusing on the story and ended up putting it down. Recently I decided to pick it up again after a beach vacation renewed my interests in reading. If you like adventure and sci-fi tales, this is a good one for you.
There were some minor things I had problems with, but overall I like this book.
I've only read 2 other Straub books so I don't feel intelligent enough to say whether this is "classic Straub", but I do feel this is "classic other world adventure King". I wouldn't consider this to be a horror tale. If you're looking for something a bit scarier/stranger try it's sequel "Black House". (a review of that coming soon) :D