This is unlike any other Stephen King book I have read. All characters stay true to their character but they have a very thin or no backstory. The world is confined to a single kingdom with little to no magic except a single magician.
The story and writing style itself feels like a soap opera. Lot of talk about what’s coming next, but every chapter is just that, with very little actual content.
And finally, the ending, unexpectedly, is unlike other King novels as well. This means that it doesn’t feel expediated and sudden, but rather hangs on for quite a while.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone except the ardent King fans who would like this for the extended universe and shared characters rather than the storyline or the world.