The World by Robin Wildt Hansen

The World by Robin Wildt Hansen
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (141 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A young man in need of initiation must stake his brain to enter a spiritual healing programme. His healing entails travelling to a world where each region is the inside of a Tarot card. He makes his way through the cards in his quest for The World, a place where everyday reality and magic fuse to become the gold of the Alchemists.

How far would you go to heal yourself?

I really enjoyed getting to know Arkin because of how much information the narrator shared about him.
There were times when his mental illness compelled him to do things that made me shudder, yet the explanations of what he was thinking during those times were so clear that I understood why someone with his personality and backstory would consider them to be reasonable things to do. It was nice to get to know this character as well as I did.

There were formatting issues. One of the first things I noticed about the formatting was how long some of the paragraphs were. A few of them were so large that they took up almost an entire page, and that made them hard to read. I also had trouble keeping track of which part to read next because there weren’t any line breaks provided between the end of one paragraph and the beginning of the next. At times I had to read the same passage two or three times because I kept losing my place. If not for this problem, I would have given this book a much higher rating as the plot itself was excellent.

The mythology of the place Arkin must travel to in order to try to heal his mind was spellbinding. It seemed to be equally influenced by traditional fairy tales, tarot cards, and the sorts of creatures and situations that usually inhabit the darkest corners of a dream. I never would have thought to combine these three elements into a science fiction tale, but they worked incredibly well together. Sharing specific details of any of them would give away spoilers, though.

The World was a wild ride. Give it a try if you have any interest at all in what it would be like to travel to a completely different time and place!


  1. Thank you for this very appreciative review of my work! It is truly encouraging.

    And thank you for pointing out the formatting issues.

    I have personally given the ebook version an overhaul, and these issues are now solved.

    I don’t know who among your staff reviewed The World, but if the reviewer in question is interested in the new version, then please write to me, and I will send it.

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