“The Traveler” is the exciting first book in the Fourth Realm Series written by John Twelve Hawks. “The Traveler” focuses on the lives of two brothers, Michael and Gabriel Corrigan, and a fighter named Maya. Michael and Gabriel have lived “off the grid” for the majority of their lives until the day Michael gets tired of living like a hermit and decides to make something of himself, calling upon him the attention of the Tabula. The Tabula, also known as the Vast Machine, are a mysterious organization that keeps a watchful eye on people throughout the world and claim to be a terrorist prevention organization by seeking to get rid of ancient fighters called Harlequins and those they protect, Travelers. The father of the Corrigans was a known Traveler, but does that mean Michael and Gabriel are Travelers as well? What will happen if the Tabula catches them before Maya, one of the last Harlequins alive, can find them and protect them? Will the world ever truly be safe from terrorism or the Tabula themselves?
I won’t deny, “The Traveler” is quite a thrilling book… If you can make it past the first 200-250 pages. The first half of the book was incredibly drawn out and the book took me roughly 5 months to read because it wasn’t something that immediately pulled me in. The characters weren’t very personable and it was difficult to warm up to them. It was interesting to read about Maya, a ruthless killing machine, and see the way that she begins to care for Gabriel even though affection between a Harlequin and a Traveler is forbidden. This book is full of betrayal, mystery, suspense, and action. The author gives great detail throughout the book, but often times it was overwhelming and would pull me away from what I actually wanted to find about about the Corrigans and the Vast Machine. It wasn’t something that I would personally recommend, but there’s a rumor that Warner Bros will be looking into an adaptation of the book, so maybe it will have better luck as a movie. At best I give it a 4/10.