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The Golden City by John Twelve Hawks

1/07/2011. Contributed by Sue Davies

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The Golden City (The Fourth Realm Trilogy book 3) by John Twelve Hawks. pub: Corgi. 489 page paperback. Price: GBP 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-552-15336-2.

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In the third adventure of the Traveller, ‘The Golden City’, Gabriel must try to get Maya the harlequin, back from the dimension she was trapped in at the end of the second book, ‘The Dark River’. Maya is aware that time is running out. She is not meant to be in this dimension for long as she does not have the inner strengths of the traveller. Maya is a harlequin born to protect Gabriel but she has fallen in love.

Michael, as head of the Brethren, wants to create a world where the human race is watched and scrutinised for its ‘own protection’. He likes the power and, unlike his brother Gabriel, he doesn’t have any moral issues about it. Both brothers want to locate their father but he is lost in a further region…

Although this is a reasonable adventure story, I am not a fan of its underlying agenda and the lapse on many occasions into tedious ‘messages’ about the dangers of modern life. For me, the thing doesn’t take off as it’s led by events rather than any character we actually get attached to.

I just could not get on with all three of the books. Something did not feel right for me. The themes are big and worthy and, like ‘1984’ before it, the books make a point of us all sleepwalking in a society that wants to ‘protect’ or maybe enslave us. Unfortunately, the characters inhabiting this world felt as thin as the cracks between the realms and their inner life never broke out of their programming and therefore I could not a damn give about them.

Sue Davies

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