Customer Review

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle-chapter-itis, 3 Aug 2007
This review is from: The Dark River (The Fourth Realm Trilogy) (Hardcover)
Most of my thoughts have been shared by other reviewers, but I thought I would add some insight. 'The Dark River' is essentially a solid read that flows well and keeps the pages turning, much like its prequel 'The Traveler'. However, I feel John Twelve Hawks lost a bit of the grip he had on the plot-line in the first installment of the trilogy and failed to progress it much (in fact you might say he took one step forward and two steps backwards).
Some of the plot additions were very left-field and poorly concieved, almost of the point that you might consider the novel to be slightly rushed; for example the Free Running society didn't appear to fit in with the general semantics of the story and was untidy in its research, and the inclusion of the Ark of the Covenant felt more like an afterthought than the major plot device that it should have been. The love story was, on the whole, the sequel's saving grace that allowed it to flow as well as it did - but the impact on the characters could have been developed to a much better depth.
Once again John Twelve Hawks marvels us with his in-depth knowledge of technology and its affects on privacy, and although this only shines through properly in a few areas within the novel, without it the story might as well have been from another series as it seemed to fire out new plot-lines at every available opportunity.
Despite its obvious flaws, this novel is a satisfactory second installment to the Fourth Realm series, but it would not be unwise to say that is does have a case of 'middle-chapter-itis'. However, any fan of The Traveler should definately get their hands on a copy, and although it might not fullfil every expectation, I am certainly looking forwards to the final installment.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.6 out of 5 stars (60 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (21)
4 star:
 (14)
3 star:
 (12)
2 star:
 (7)
1 star:
 (6)
 
 
 
Used & New from: £0.01
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,334,547