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Pilgrims (The Pendulum Trilogy) Hardcover – International Edition, November 1, 2011
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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Will Elliott was a struggling novelist with five unpublished manuscripts on the verge of giving up when The Pilo Family Circus won the $10,000 ABC prize for new writing. He lives in Australia.
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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.
First off, I need to be totally honest and say I was unable to finish this book. I started it at least a couple of times, and even bought it on Kindle as I find hardback books bulky and awkward to read now after several years of Kindling. Yet, I was unable to get beyond the first third of the story. Now, I don’t believe this is a reflection on the story or the author; just that I, personally, was unable to relate to the characters enough to become involved in their adventure. it may even be that I was simply not in the mood for the tale that was being woven. There was a lot I enjoyed about the book, but not quite enough to keep me reading, unfortunately. It could be I’ll return to it later.
What i liked
The worldbuilding. Elliott has crafted a vivid and fascinating world in Levaal. From what I read I felt there were some interesting seeds sown for future developments. I believe this is the first book in a planned trilogy.
Language as skill. I was intrigued by the fact that Eric’s and Case’s key strength (in this first third at least) was that, as Otherworlders, they have the ability to understand each language spoken in Levaal as if it were their native language. This applies even to magically encrypted speech. The local resistance is quick to see what an advantage that could give them and I enjoyed what I read of their adventures in spying.
Genre-savvy protagonist. It always makes me smile when the protagonist is aware of fantasy tropes and expects his/her adventure to follow similar lines. I loved that Eric was all “oh yeah, I know how this works: someone from my world falls into a fantastical realm, so that person must be the prophesied Saviour. Point me in the direction of the evil overlord.” I didn’t read far enough to learn whether or not Elliott will turn this on its head, but it could be fun to find out.
What I didn’t like
The main characters. For me, personally, I could not engage with either Eric or Case. I found nothing about them that struck a chord with me. However, that’s not to say they’re not interesting characters. They just didn’t pull me into their story.
Despite the fact that I was unable to finish the book, I feel that was very much a personal thing. I certainly wouldn’t discourage anyone else from reading it; just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean you mightn’t think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.
I gave The Pilgrims three stars out of five.
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Fantasy all the way. The writing was vivid, descriptive and dynamic and for that I am grateful.Read more
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