Tuesday 26 March 2013

***Review*** The Golden City by John Twelve Hawks

Released: 1st February 2011
Publisher: Corgi Books
Series:Yes #3 in the Fourth Realm series
Source: Bought
Format: Kindle e-book
Author Site: John Twelve Hawks

Goodreads Synopsis:
A riveting blend of high-tech thriller and fast-paced adventure. Packed with knife-edge tension, intriguing characters, and startling plot twists that will keep you turning the pages.

In the Fourth Realm trilogy, John Twelve Hawks introduces readers to a dangerous fantasy world inspired by modern technology that monitors our lives. The suspense series concludes in this powerful third novel,
following the entire cast of this mesmerizing world that exists in the shadows of our own. Maya, the Harlequin who has pledged to protect Gabriel with her life, will face a situation from which there is no escape. Nathan Boone, the cold and calculating executive of the Brethren, will face Michael, a man who has gone over the edge for power. Hollis, living in grief and becoming a Harlequin himself, will have to choose whether to stay with Gabriel as he embarks on a journey that may lead to his own death. Publishers Weekly hailed the series as “a saga that’s part A Wrinkle in Time, part The Matrix and part Kurosawa epic.

My Review:

Well first of I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Traveller, I raved and raved about it to anyone that would listen.  I even managed to persuade a few people to buy it.  But and this is a big but, steadily over the series the magic has receded.  Book one amazing, book two The Dark River, mmmmm ok.  This book which is the final part of the trilogy was the weakest of the books.  I felt so sad as I was really so excited when I got my hands on a copy.  I'm afraid the expectation far outweighed the delivery.

I did feel a bit out of my league with this one, I love fantasy books but this one I didn't feel connected to at all.  The parallel worlds did nothing to inspire my imagination.  I loved some of the characters and it was nice to see all the loose ends tied up.  Maya still has to be my favourite character, she is complex and has many qualities I admire in a female kick ass character.

As usual as this is part of a series I'm not going to give any spoilers away.  I would say that if you have read either the first or the second then I would recommend you read this book as it does finish off the series. 
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Sadly a disappointing end to the series, however it does tie up loose ends.

My Thoughts on the Cover:
I do like the colour scheme, the blue and the gold a very striking.  It's not the normal cover I would go for, but it does have a certain something about it.

The series in order:


emaginette said...

I appreciate the honesty. :-)

Anna @ http://emaginette.wordpress.com

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