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“The author's not only a superb craftsman and character-builder, but a consummate storyteller, so that each good-against-evil clash appears fresh and engrossing.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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WILL ELLIOTT's debut novel, The Pilo Family Circus, co-won the Aurealis Award for best horror, won the Golden Aurealis for best novel, and the Australian Shadows Award. The Pilgrims is the first title in Elliott's visionary fantasy, The Pendulum Trilogy. Elliott was born in Brisbane, Australia

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Product Details

  • Series: The Pendulum Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765331888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331885
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Munson on May 8, 2014
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Will Elliott has written a great tale about alternate worlds.

Eric Albright is a journalist living in London. His sometimes-friend is a homeless drunk named Stuart Casey, who lives under a bridge. One day, a door appears under the bridge and three strange-looking people burst out. Intrigued, Eric and Case decide to wait for the door to appear again. When the door does appear, Eric and Case go through and find themselves in a different world. But this is no ordinary world, for a huge dragon is about. But the dragon is only the beginning, for a great white castle houses a mad lord, Vous, who rules with an iron fist and strives forward with his Project; to make himself into a god.

But Vous has a great fear of the one called Shadow; one that could destroy him and all he's worked for. Further, Eric and Case, called "pilgrims" by the inhabitants of Levaal, possess powers that are unknown to them, but could prove to be fatal to Vous.

As the story goes on, Eric and Case meet up with Anfen; a former castle army captain, Siel; a beautiful female mage, Loup; a folk magician, and Sharfy; another member of Anfen's band. Together, the group will venture to wall at World's End. What is on the other side?

I enjoyed this book. I've read other alternate world series, such as Taylor Anderson's "Destroyermen" and Terry Brooks' "Landover" series, and this book is on par with those. The story is interesting, and the character development is good throughout. The story builds throughout and leaves the reader eagerly anticipating the next volume in the series.

I recommend "The Pilgrims" to readers of fantasy and alternate world fiction. The story is loaded with action, and the characters are well-developed. Don't miss this very good entry into the alternate world genre.
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I can be accused of judging a book based on the genre it’s from. Fantasy is one of those genres for me. Apart from a few exceptions and classics, fantasy is one of those genres that is littered with busty elves and all powerful Gandalf knock-off wizards and talking dragons acting out one trope after another with shameless regularity. The beauty of The Pilgrims by Will Elliott is that he uses a lot of the same set pieces that make up trashy dime-a-dozen fantasy, but his vision and imagination make it seem like this is the first book I have ever read with wizards and talking dragons.

The scope of the world he invents and the depth of the characters immediately draws you in to the story. As expansive and detailed as the characters and setting are, Elliott never fails to keep you tightly focused on the individual details of the world and the personalities of the characters without getting bogged down with colorful and drawn-out descriptions. Most fantasy novels use pretty much the same system of magic, and it almost always ends up getting overblown and ruining the plot in one way or another. One of the greatest pieces of praise I can give Elliott is that his system of magic and casting is all his own. Some of the finer elements as to its mechanics aren’t revealed until the second and third books (yes it’s a part of a trilogy), but from the beginning you can tell it is something different than what you are used to reading about.

The plot revolves around a young, normal man named Eric and his homeless, alcoholic friend Case.
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By Clay Kallam on September 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Will Elliott's “The Pilgrims” (Tor, $26.99, 437 pages) is the first of a promising trilogy (though you have to dig deep into the book jacket to figure that out before spending your $30). The setup drops two New Yorkers into a strange world of magic and terror, and the reader has to try to figure things out along with the young journalist and homeless alcoholic as they wind up in the middle of a complex political and cosmological situation.

The two protagonists get caught in the struggle between a massive powerful city and a group of smaller independent cities, while ducking angelic messengers from caged dragons above a sunless sky, magicians, giantesses and their own weaknesses. In addition, there’s an invasion from beyond a wall called the World’s End and references to a Shadow that presumably will be explained in the future volumes.

Elliott does an excellent job juggling all these various plot lines while introducing characters who develop complexity as the narrative rolls on. I’m on board for book two, but Elliott has set himself a tall task to make the payoff match the setup.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Blodgett on April 2, 2014
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A fantastic start to a new series. I found the characters to be realistic and quite interesting. The story is fast paced but still incorporates the right amount of narrative explanation,intriguing individual thought process, engaging dialogue, mystery, action and originality. I found this book to be an excellent read and look forward to the next in the series.
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By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2014
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Interesting book. Can't really say I loved it, but it has potential. Being the first book of a trilogy, it was a little slow moving but towards the end it started grabbing my attention more. Definitely an intriguing world Elliott has built, and the characters were becoming more attractive towards the end. Worth trying out and the second book will hopefully deliver.
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