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The Pilgrims (Pendulum #1)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  269 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Eric Albright is leading a normal life until a small red door appears under a train bridge near his home. Then a ghostly being wakes him in the dead of night, with a message from another world: You are Shadow. In Levaal, the world between worlds, the dragon-gods grow restless in their sky prisons, and the Great Spirits struggle to contain them. Vous, the worlds Friend and ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Tor Books (first published April 1st 2010)
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Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blog
**I received a free copy of The Pilgrims from Tor in exchange for an honest review.**

Ah, the fantasy quest novel. Been a while since we've bumped into each other, but, damn, we used to have some good times when I was a teenager. I swear you haven't changed a bit since the last time I ran into you. So, anything new with you? No, not really? Still just rambling off down the road to adventure, eh? Meet a mage or two, maybe some stone giants, a few angels? Choose some ordinary schmuck to save the wo
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"The point isn't about good guys and bad guys, it's about surviving."

This book...was really quite amazing! I fell in love with it because of the gorgeous cover (I know I'm shallow when it comes to book covers, so sue me) and fell even more in love with it while reading it!

It's fantasy, and set mostly in a fantasy world, but it felt so REAL to me. All of the characters, even the bad guys, had a side to them that you grew to like and even empathize with. The worldbuilding was nothing short of fant
Matthew Tait
An author that needs no introduction, Will Elliot burst into the mainstream from relative obscurity after winning the ABC manuscript award with The Pilo Family Circus. It was a novel of disturbing ideas and grisly images that took on a life of its own, breathing fresh blood into our literary scene and showcasing that young Australian talent could mix it with the big guns on a world stage. With Pilgrims, Elliot shifts gears in a largely new direction, moving into the invented world genre and tryi ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I received a copy of The Pilgrims by Will Elliott from Tor McMillan free to review - thank you, guys! It tells the story of journalist Eric Albright and Stuart Casey, a homeless drunk, who stumble across a hidden door which leads them to the fantastical world of Levaal. Naturally, there is an evil overlord they have to defeat. As can be inferred from the ages of the protagonists, this is more adult contemporary fantasy than young adult. The language and attitudes of the two main characters is mo ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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The synopsis immediately intrigued me when I saw it. Indeed, here the author presents us a strange mix of characters from our world and fantasy characters. You can imagine that the confrontation will be brutal. I was so curious to see how it would be conducted.

Eric and Casey are two men who let themselves be led through life without really having a goal. When one day a door appears under a bridge, they were immediately intrigued, especially when people come t
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-scifi, 2014
When I was reading this book and my friend, Josh, asked me to describe this book I said, "It's not really that well written and I don't think it's that interesting" I spent most of this book trying to be excited about it. The plot, the setting, and a few of the characters were interesting, but I found the writing style and lack of character development seemed to hurt it. It just seemed like it was thrown together, and not really developed.
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I have been reading a lot of Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction lately and I was really craving for an epic fantasy story, so when I went through my books that I still have up for review and I came across this book. It quickly reminded me of a one of my favourite series ever: The Dark Tower by Stephen King. Where you have a group embark on a quest in a world mixed with fantasy and contemporary and science fiction influences so without
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kind of disappointing; I picked this up because a portal fantasy sounded like a fun thing to read, but it just didn't work for me. Standard fantasy world with an evil overlord, a grubby resistance, scattered monsters and demi-humans, casual sexism, and a 'hero' with a 'destiny.' Most damningly, there was no sense of wonder -- despite the occasional interesting idea or evocative scene, I never felt impressed or awed by the world... and what's the point of a portal fantasy that can't even do that?
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this was book was confusing and not at all interesting. I put it down and read a few other books, but I did go back and finish it so my OCD would shut up. I'm glad I did, because about 1/3 to 1/2 way in, it got really good. I finished this last night at about 2 am, and now I want the next book asap.
Ryan Bernard
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Alice in Wonderland meets magical high fantasy in a world that doesn't seem quiet like a real world. Gods, dragons, magic, a drunk and a lost soul in the 21st century. What could go wrong? This story leads the reader on a merry romp through this land behind the door. Like watching a chess match unfold the winner is never apparent till the very end. Definitely will be looking for the next book.
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Will Elliott (born 1979) is an Australian fiction writer who lives in Brisbane, Queensland.

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