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Pilgrim of the Sky Paperback – December 13, 2011
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Pilgrim of the Sky is an excellent and much recommended pick for fantasy readers. -- Midwest Book Review
It will take you from the present modern world to a world born of an alternate history which parallels our own to a wholly ancient and powerful realm. It has plenty of originality while echoing the elements of other authors such as Neil Gaiman and Phillip Pullman... It's a fun adventure and one I hope you embark on yourself. -- Wired.com's GeekDad
Top Customer Reviews
I loved it, not only because it's a very different story but because it stretches your mind with metaphysical themes--alternate worlds, beings that are connected, the same yet different, linked, like the eight points of a compass through time and incarnations. Pilgrim in the Sky takes you on a journey that gets deeper and more fantastical the further you read, but at its core is the simple but profound premise that love is strength in times of darkness and despair, and that one should never underestimate those we consider challenged.
There's little I can say about the story without spoiling the surprise, so I will instead simply assure you that it is riveting, unpredictable and has a deeply moving end. The pacing is excellent, drawing you seamlessly from one scene to the next but with enough breathing spots to enjoy the scenery. And what wonderful scenery it is, described in evocative detail but never overdone. Second world is like and unlike our own. Imagine a Victorian style America with their own Queen Victoria, an America where the west wasn't won and where the rich have mansions that float in the air held aloft by huge balloons. Yes, the visuals are stunning.
The characters are all richly drawn and Maddie is as gutsy as we want our modern heroines to be. Luckily, she learns quickly.
It's well-written, well thought through and tightly edited, structurally speaking, though it could do with another pass by a proofreader. (Hence the loss of 1 star)
I recommend it for all contemporary fantasy fans especially those who like a touch of the metaphysical in a story or who are into Greek mythology.
Pilgrim Of The Sky is about Maddie an ex-grad student who lost her fiance Alvin. We follow her on an adventure through a couple different worlds and what as she learns what exactly Alvin is and a lot about herself. The plot mostly centers around a steam punk boston where she meets some very interesting people there. I really don't want to give away any more of the plot though, but I have to say that Barron does an incredible job at crafting a world while leading you on to figure out what is truly happening. I am throughly impressed by the writing in this book and really enjoyed it.
The things I adored about this book was that Barron managed to hit all my peeves without annoying me. The plot was constantly bouncing around one minute you thought you were about to have the whole plot unravel infront of you and then the character telling Maddie the information would get interrupted. Usually I'd be steaming over that, but instead I kept reading totally engaged and addicted to the story. I really loved Maddie as a character she seemed incredibly real to me. I loved that she loved so many people and accepted their flaws as well. Another thing I really loved is the story ended, it didn't leave me hanging or wanting more. I felt closure and like
The only dislike I had was a couple of the formatting issues but that was mostly due to my review copy.
I really can't put it more into words how much I liked this book without spoiling the plot or just rambling. Pilgrim Of The Sky is so worth the cash and it's a 5/5 for me. Go buy this book if you are remotely interested in something different from what is out on the shelves today and what a great adventure.
This is not fantasy of the swords and sorcery formula, but rather, something more akin to Alice in Wonderland. Maddie never quite felt authentic to me as a reader, I always felt like she was a bit flat in personality and her veiled past and motives got very frustrating. As the plot thickens and then thins it works yet I still was left barely caring what her ultimate fate would be.
PILGRIM OF THE SKY has been the hardest book for me to review! The overall story is so fantastic and well imagined I would love to have seen it told in a less literary fashion. If I'm fully honest one of the reasons I couldn't give it five stars was because it was a little too intelligent for me, forcing me to pause at certain junctures to attempt wrapping my head around it all. If you're looking for a really brain bending read please look no further. Desirous of something entertaining and easy? Take a pass.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVED THIS BOOK! I didn't know what to expect. This book was different from my usually choices but I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad I did. Read morePublished 20 months ago by L. Hazel
Oh, I really hope Ms. Barron writes more books involving these characters and this stunningly complex world! Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Laughinggrrl
I received this book from a NetGalle request.
Maddie is trying to move on with her life after the disappearance of her fiance but just when she is ready to move on she... Read more
Pilgrim of the Sky is a really enjoyable and stimulating read. It has some fun steampunk elements, but mainly a large helping of American Gods-esque investigation of mythology, and... Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by Ruby Sinreich