The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks {Book Review}

Hello dear readers, and happy Tuesday!

How was your Easter weekend? Ours was on a slow burn which was completely welcomed because with everything going on during the week, and trying to keep heads above the water, weekends become sacred to calm and lazy days.

A couple of Easter eggs added to the mix and it’s a match made in heaven.

I’m starting my blogging week off with a book review. As of April, I’m going to be doing two book reviews a week, but not on the weekends anymore, as at some point, I really do need to press the switch off button. So there will still be two reviews each week, I’m thinking a Tuesday and a Thursday so there’s some space between them for other blog posts as well that I want to publish on the blog.

This is another favourite book of mine, even though it didn’t reach the full marks with the rating I gave it. It falls under a couple of my favourite genres and dabbles in conspiracy theories with added paranormal twists. It can’t get any better than that.

A definite recommend to readers who love conspiracy theories, aliens and even the Knights Templar.

Here’s something totally cool about the author John Twelve Hawks. It’s not the author’s real name. Ha! No one knows who he actually is. It’s never been disclosed, and he prefers it that way. His editor has never met him either. He lives off the grid and has created a life that protects his privacy.

Which is like, wow, when you read this book, and take it all into account.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

Book review: The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks #bookreview


It’s becoming difficult to stay hidden from the Brethren, as cameras and sensors watch every move made. Biometrics can identify every person and their movement with security cameras positioned in every possible place. This is exactly what the Brethren have wanted, complete control and order.

Maya, a tough young Harlequin has to fight against the Vast Machine, with two brothers at her side, Michael and Gabriel Corrigan. One brother prefers to stay ‘off the grid‘ while the other doesn’t care.

Both are Travellers, humans who are able to pass between realms. Harlequins are the protectors of the Travellers.

Maya has to keep the brothers alive, and out of the hands of the Tabula who have engineered a way to use the Travellers for its own purposes.

My Opinion: Positive Thoughts

The book has a fairly fast pace, and is easy to read. The beginning of the book has a bit of a slow start as you’re placed into the setting of the environment, but as you reach the end, it’s very fast paced with action that you can’t put it down until you’ve reached the last page.

Even though it’s a lengthy novel, I actually didn’t mind it that much. The author didn’t add any repetitive parts and unnecessary details that would leave the reader bored. The research for the novel is done thoroughly

My Opinion: Negative Thoughts

I did struggle to connect with the characters, and with Maya being one of the main characters, I expected to feel her emotions the most – especially with everything that she needs to deal with in the book. I did feel some sympathy towards her, but it was from the circumstances in different moments in the book, and not through the emotions portrayed by the character.


I do find some serious similarities between the ‘grid‘ in the book and to our own lives. Where we have little privacy with all the information we share online, without thinking about how it’s being used and what is being used to track our movements, no matter how mundane these actions can be.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.83 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4. The book deals with a couple of concepts: love, destiny, personal confinement and religion, which were fascinating to dive into and make you question your own life in some parts.

I do want to read the complete Fourth Realm Trilogy if I can get my hands on The Dark River and The Golden City.

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  1. I stumbled upon your blog and this review and got really excited – I read this trilogy some years ago and love this author and the stories he comes up with. Until now, I never met anyone, virtually or in person, who has read this trilogy or his other works. Great review 🙂

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