I knew this one was going to be a tough read, but I honestly expected most of it to come from the death of Alain. His death, described in just a couple sentences in the books, was a gutpunch - to have come so far with his friends only to be accidentally gunned down by them?But his happened so fast - and he seemed so unaware of how it had happened in his last moments - that it was sad, but it was okay. And then we got to Jericho Hill. To the last stand.To Cuthbert's death. And that one... that one got me. His last jokes in the face of death, and especially Roland's reaction - Roland having one of the rare breaks where he just loses control. It was heartbreaking to watch. I didn't think parts of this volume were as strong as the previous two, but the part of the story being imparted here was more than enough to make up for it.