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In his first novel, John Twelve Hawks introduced the world of two brothers, Gabriel and Michael Corrigan, who learned they were Travelers, a line of prophets through history who are able to travel into different realms of consciousness and existence, and Maya, a Harlequin who, like Harlequins before her, pledged to lay down her own life to protect any Traveler.

The landscape has shifted: Michael has become part of fl group that wants to capture Gabriel, and thanks to advanced surveillance technology there are few places for them to hide. A Traveler who was believed to be dead for nearly twenty years, Gabriel hears, may still be alive and trapped somewhere across the globe.

The Dark River is a scintillating novel that, like The Traveleris deeply and richly drawn, showcasing a superb and original voice. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Dark Riverplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 02, Starshine rated it liked it Oscyro it for: People who want to know what happened after “The Traveler”.

Yes, that’s how good “The Traveler” was. I have to say, I was let down.

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The story no longer felt as compelling, the pace seemed to slow, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of new information. In fact, I found myself frequently annoyed as the author kept stopping to explain things that had happened in the first book. I’m not real keen on pandering to people who can’t be bothered to read the first book first, and it would tear me out of the story frequently, these awkward moments of, “Oh, this is what we’re talking about.

An act of pure selfishness on her part, with no justification whatsoever, leaves many people vulnerable and exposed, with the inevitable result of the unnecessary death of a vital character. I was disgusted by her decision, and it affected my enjoyment of the book.

Read “The Traveler” first, it’s an amazing book. Read “The Dark River” only to find out what happens next – don’t expect the same caliber of read. Dec 03, Elizabeta rated it really liked it Shelves: Great sequel of The Traveler. Jun 29, Carly rated it liked it. My first encounter with Twelve Hawks was through Sparkwhich I found pretty darned awesome, enough so that I decided to try another of his works.

My library doesn’t have the first in the Fourth Realm trilogy, so I decided to try my luck with the second.

The Dark River

Unfortunately, the book’s pair of forewords gave our relationship a rocky start. In the first foreword, Twelve Hawks praises the people who took the message of his book seriously and started fighting the “Vast Machine.

I was taken aback by the first because while I understand the concerns about technology and its misuse, I tend to prefer more subtlety in my authors, and the earnest tone rather suggests tin hats to me. The second one, on the other hand, just pissed me off. I’m of the belief that readers should be able to pick up any book in a series and enjoy the ride.

A recap indicates that the author lacks the basic skill of summarizing previous events within the book itself. Certainly no one would accuse Twelve Hawks of subtlety, and given the awkward moments of exposition in The Dark Rivermaybe he was right to rely on a recap.

Twelve Hawks is an entertaining writer, and I rather like the general idea of his dystopian world controlled by the Vast Machine, but I think that reading this without the second book completely ruined my ability to enjoy the book to the full. The core idea of the series is that there are extra-special beings called the Travelers who have the ability to travel to other worlds which are pretty crap, by the way and bring back the wisdom they find there.


They are protected by people who call themselves Harlequins, and opposed by the evil Tabula, ooscuro together rule the world via the Vast Machine aka all technology which gives them the ability to create a Panopticon Prison. Basically the whole book involves Gabriel, one of the last Travelers, try to escape his brother, who has gone to the Dark Side and joined the Tabula.

Amusingly enough, throughout, we are told that Travelers bring progress and change, yet in this book, Gabriel’s entire mission is to stop the Tabula from deploying more advanced technology and to keep the advancement of science static. In fact, I honestly don’t uohn why anyone bothers to protect the Travelers, as other than being a bumbling naif, Gabriel doesn’t seem to do any good for anyone.

In addition, Twelve Hawks must have figured he got all that irritating character development nonsense out of the way in the first book, since it certainly doesn’t figure much here. Overall, The Dark River is an entertaining enough book, but it sinks under Twelve Hawk’s hawkd attempts to transform it into something more meaningful. To owcuro, technology by itself is an evil.

While I agree that the level of surveillance now available is terrifying, I think Twelve Hawks misses an important point: If you look at the scariest moments in history, it is when people’s access to information has been controlled. While every action you make is undoubtedly monitored in some way, we have more access to information and more ways to communicate than ever before.

Nov 02, Alex Telander rated it liked it Shelves: The Dark River continues the story of this dystopia in our near future as the Traveler fights for survival while the Tabula fights for domination.

The Traveler is a person who can travel to another realm, learning from these others worlds, he or she returns with a heightened knowledge that they can pass onto others. They have existed for millennia; many famous people in history are believed to have been Travelers, including Jesus Christ. Then there is the Brethren, or the Tabula as they are known to Travelers, who are out to kill all the Travelers and have done so since the beginning.

Except in the modern age the true power of the Traveler has been realized by the Tabula and they wish to capture Travelers and use them for their own gain. Finally there are the Harlequins, a secret group who have existed just as long, whose sworn duty is to protect the Travelers. Gabriel and his brother Michael are Travelers. In the first book of the series, Michael was captured by the Tabula and has now become one of them, an enemy to Gabriel.

So as the Tabula are both working on the Virtual Panopticon and looking for the Traveler, Gabriel discovers that his father — a renowned Traveler — is alive and goes to England to search for him.

It is now up to Gabriel to travel to this other realm, the First Realm — better known as Hell — to find his father and bring him back. At the same time they most not forget about the Tabula who are desperately looking for them, using every means necessary. The Dark River furthers the plot along, but falls short of offering up any shocking realizations or reveals, feeling more like a chapter in the great saga of the Fourth Realm series.

It ends on a cliffhanger leaving the reader wondering how the enigmatic John Twelve Hawks which is obviously a pseudonym will complete the epic and growing series with just one more book to go. For more book reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter. No ha resultado una lectura apasionante, pero no ha estado nada mal. Los Seis Dominios prometen dar mucho juego. Ugh, an interesting premise falls flat on it’s face. Only a mystic who can cross over to the ‘light’ and bring back spiri Ugh, an interesting premise falls flat on it’s face.


Only a mystic who can cross over to the ‘light’ and bring back spiritually enlightening messages, like Jesus, Buddha, et al, have, can somehow save us all from world thought domination. I really disliked the author’s ham-fisted approach to shoving this creed down the reader’s throat – at every turn he is reiterating some point from it – over and over and over and over.

I could probably deal with that if I liked and was invested in the characters, but a more cardboard set of them cannot be found – unless you’re looking in a writer’s encyclopedia of stock stereotypical characters. Between that and the derivative plot points, ugh. Overall, I’d recommend you not waste your time. May 13, Topher rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am completely fascinated by this series.

It has such a dark paranoid feel to it I’d say the series is well worth reading, if only because anything that talks about ubiquitous monitoring of our lives ie, police cameras in Baltimore and London, ATM cameras, store cameras as well as parkour deserves to be read by more people. The fact that the author is anonymous, and that Neal Stephenson and Stephen Hawking have been I am completely fascinated by this series. The fact that the author is anonymous, and that Neal Stephenson and Stephen Hawking have been proposed as legitimate possibilities just ices the cake.

Mar 12, Julie H.

So, book 2 of the Fourth Realm Trilogy was pretty interesting. A good deal more disconcerting given the story’s basis in rebel forces trying to combat the Brethren, a Ludlumesque global conspiracy in support of controlling the populace through a culture of fear, never-ending data mining, and access to way too much information about citizens’ lives–much of it made available by the citizens themselves. Yes, thank you, I do see the irony in posting this review on line given the message of the joyn So, book 2 of the Fourth Realm Trilogy was pretty interesting.

Yes, thank you, I do see the irony in posting this review on line given the message of the book and the last sentence I wrote. Of course, John Gio Hawks doesn’t appear to be preaching some freaked out, ep “All technology is bad” sort of message.

I read his work as cautioning us–much like the Free Runners and Harlequins esp. Mother Blessing who are so adept at avoiding the insane number of cameras been to London lately? Now more than ever, Maya appears to be learning how to be a person–that is, she is slowly earning her human credentials. You see her gradually learn that friendship and love are not bad things that rl get her killed.

You also learn a bit more about her father, Thorn, who was pretty one-dimensional in the previous book. And most important, you see Gabriel, the Traveler Maya is tasked with protecting with her life, step up and begin to assume some responsibility.

The second coolest thing, in my estimation, was the cross-cultural perspective on the Traveler concept. That is, all cultures have stories of prophets who have gained access to otherwise inaccessible information and used it for the good of society.

Best of all is when Maya and an Orthodox Jew travel to Axum in Ethiopia to view the Ark of the Covenant and must negotiate with local tribal peoples who totally understand precisely what it is that Maya is and what she must accomplish. You even get to witness them shoe-horning this understanding into their own traditional belief system. And somehow, miraculously, Maya is able to be patient enough to allow them sufficient time to accomplish this.

On the downside, and the reason that the book earned only four of the possible five stars available here, is the fact that The Dark River terminates vs.