The Golden City
Fourth Realm #3
dtb, 358 pages
the conclusion. Maya is pregnant with Gabriel’s child. Michael goes to the realm of the half-gods who have ruthlessly ruled their world and now want to take over the rest of the realms. Gabriel meets his father in the realm of the gods, who would appear to be ‘good’ angels and who have disappeared, leaving humanity on their own. In the end the Tabula is split apart from within, Gabriel rallies the world and Gabe and Michael faceoff inbetween and neither comes out of their traveler sleep by the end of the book. The only real finish possible to this series, since Hawks obviously doesn’t believe in God. He foists the ending off into the nebulous “future”. I have to say, I enjoyed this more than the second novel, even though less happened and more philosophy was spouted. The only thing I don’t get is why Michael was suddenly so afraid of Gabriel at the end. It just didn’t make any sense to me.
As good an ending as you can get for a series in which the author believes in the depravity of man without the redemptive power of God. The problems are all pushed into the nebulous “future” and the battle between Tabula and Traveler are shown for the Dualistic philosophy they truly are.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Not as “cool” as the first book, but tighter and more engaging than the second. As soon as it was revealed that Maya was pregnant, I knew that Gabriel had to go. The only thing I don’t understand is why Michael went so ballistic at the end. What happened to the calm, collected schemer?
The Dark River
Fourth Realm #2
DTB, 368 Pages
Maya makes bad decisions, Gabriel crosses over to find his father, Michael is slowly gaining influence/taking control of the Tabula [while completely espousing their ideas] all mixed in with praise for loser type people who are “brave” enough to live off the grid. The problem is, those people aren’t really living off the grid, just using others to do their dirty work for them. Once again Hawks presents the awfulness of the Tabula, but we have yet to see anything of significance come from the Travelers. And the Tabula just becomes more and more unbelievable, with its completely dedicated minions. Something that big, that insidious, always rot and fall. I think we are seeing the cracks though, with what Michael is doing in taking control.
While a solid read, Hawks once again ignores how evil works [or doesn’t:]. Human beings simply cannot carry on such a task as the Tabula has taken on without forming factions, rotting and dying out.
While I am enjoying this trilogy quite a bit, that complete refusal to see human nature is really irking me.
Fourth Realm #1
Epub, 330 pages
a world not to far from our own in which two groups are at war. One group is made up of people who can travel out of their bodies into other ‘realms’, which give them wisdom and insight into our world and who, upon their return, always change our world for the better. The other side is an organized group dedicated to bringing the world under complete domination so that things run exactly how they want it to.
A mix of the Matrix with an agnostic Frank Peretti. It was so weird how things from Revelations are mixed in with libertarian ideas alongside scifi things.