Spider World: Magician (Epic Visionary Fiction) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2002
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Niall, ruler of the spider city and favoured by the alien-goddess Nuada, is horrified by the brutal murder of Skorbo, captain of the spider guard - an attack that threatens the delicate relationship between the spiders and humans who share the city.
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All that aside, our hero, Niall, now seen as godlike, begins to deal with the aftermath from generations of human enslavement and selective breeding by the spiders. This newly established stasis creates room to discover a mysterious, potent, other presence i.e. the Magician. In the process we are treated to, if you will, a deepening of awareness into the inner world potentials of humans by learning more about the inner world of the spiders' telepathic connection as seen/discovered thru the experiences and mind of Niall.
While this book reads much like a murder mystery thru the introduction of the malefic character known as the Magician...quite the fellow that one...it's a tremendous set up for the 4th and final book, The Shadowland. Make no mistake, Colin Wilson, a man of very high intellect, began his career as a philosophical intellectual writer with his 1st book, The Outsider (non-fiction), at the age of 24. Later, he wrote fiction concerning the occult, metaphysics, science fiction, fantasy etc.. His books are expansive, yet simple; rich, not obscure, and will be appreciated on whatever level of awareness they are experienced by the reader...a healing tonic for awakening/restoring the imaginative and creative faculties.
The Magician contains plenty of evidence of those same irrational beliefs; but it begins with a completely rational search for evidence of a murder. Our plucky hero uses his eyes and his logical thinking to search out and comprehend clues to the identities of the killers--it's CSI SpiderWorld! But before long, the hocus-pocus comes out, and we have a very bizzare scene in which our plucky hero lies naked on top of a paralyzed woman, absorbing her 'energies' through a magical mat of seaweed--I am NOT kidding. There's all sorts of magic, and scientists come in for a gentle chiding at refusing to believe in these 'alternate ways of seeing the world'. While I tire of hearing about vibrational energies and such, I have to admit that the climactic scene in The Magician, in the cave communing with the spirits of 'unliving' spiders, was very effective. I am also taken by Wilson's idea of humans and giant telepathic spiders seeking to forge a community together rather than constantly fighting, or one being subservient to the other. This book has taken the series clearly in the fantasy direction--it's no longer science fiction, if it ever really was, if those distinctions matter to you.