“Kālong” (Book 3 of ‘The Dreamwalkers of Larreta’) by Carol Holland March

“What a piece of work is man: how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god” (Hamlet II ii). And yet, how ‘bestial’, ‘tyrannical’ and ‘fiendish’ can the behaviour of this ‘paragon of animals’ be under certain conditions?

In human consciousness, ‘good’ and ‘evil’ have always engaged in an apparently eternal struggle for supremacy. Hebrew mythology has it that ‘God’ cast out ‘Satan’ from ‘Paradise’ and threw him into ‘Hell’. Satan, however, travelled between his world of despair and hopelessness and God’s ideal world, the Earth, where he took the form of a serpent and tempted Eve to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge …

“If so many unbelievable things hadn’t already happened, I’d say it was fantastic. But it’s just another piece of the puzzle.” In this series, Ms March has expertly created a kind of science-fiction, fantasy scenario to explore some fundamental ‘realities’ of human existence. “The darkness holds what the light refuses to see.” At the beginning of Chapter 1, the Being creating the time rifts on Larreta and other worlds of light reveals that dreamwalker Leo is to play a key part in its plan for the salvation of its world of darkness and despair. It is, of course, no accident that the Being has the shape of a huge serpent, and that its pain and isolation has been caused by the rending of its world from ‘heavenly’ Larreta aeons ago by a supremely powerful creature who chooses the shape of an old man in white.

Kālong vibrated at a lower frequency than its sister, Larreta. Cutting off all access to it removed the danger that Larreta would not be as perfect as ‘the old man’ wanted it to be. Larreta flourished, while Kālong lost all hope and its inhabitants drowned in despair. “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” In taking inhabitants from the worlds of light, the immensely powerful serpent has been waiting all this time for the power of love to bring its world back to the light. Only Leo and his ‘Ah-min’ partner, Jesse, can create the ‘truan’ needed to heal the rifts …

Hence the story unfolds, and the ‘mentors’ of different ‘connected’ worlds become aware of the terrible wrong done to Kālong. ‘Hell’, reason suggests, is a mistake that needs to be rectified. But how? I was fascinated to follow Leo in his pilgrim’s progress through this series, and in this book through Kālong. I won’t tell you what happens to him, and what he learns about “the unforgivable sin”, as you need to read the series; but I can tell you that the limitless power of love does eventually achieve what even angels believed could never have been done.

There is some comic relief. “Have you come to kill us?” “What? No, of course not!” Meno nodded. “That is good news.” There are profound questions along the way: “But what good is freedom if we help no one but ourselves?” “Larreta exists for beings to discover their wholeness.” Human endeavour can work miracles, but the process takes many lifetimes.

“The Dreamwalkers of Larreta” is an exceptional series, and I recommend it highly. Be sure to start at the beginning and read all of it. Pay particular attention to the glossary of terms at the beginning of each volume. It will help you along the way.