Pilgrim Of The Sky

Pilgrim Of The Sky

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by Natania Barron
     
 

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Just when Maddie Angler thinks she's over the death of her longtime boyfriend, Alvin, she discovers that he's not only alive, but he may just be part god. And a killer. Now it's up to her to unite Eight Worlds she didn't even know existed in the first place, before chaos reigns.

Praise for Pilgrim of the Sky:
"... a lush, dreamy fable - both vintage gothic,

Overview

Just when Maddie Angler thinks she's over the death of her longtime boyfriend, Alvin, she discovers that he's not only alive, but he may just be part god. And a killer. Now it's up to her to unite Eight Worlds she didn't even know existed in the first place, before chaos reigns.

Praise for Pilgrim of the Sky:
"... a lush, dreamy fable - both vintage gothic, and modern mystery ... lovingly laced with magic and darkness from start to finish." -- Cherie Priest, NYT bestselling author of Boneshaker

"Barron's book is a sexy trek through alternate worlds, with a fascinating and detailed mythology. This one is a steampunk tale that doesn't play by the rules." -- Mur Lafferty, award-winning author and podcaster of Heaven and Hell

"A brilliant, eloquent adventure through time, space, and the human heart." -- Jonathan Wood, author of No Hero

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Steampunk fiction podcaster Barron (The Aldersgate Cycle) misses the mark in her print debut, a story of alternate realities and battling demigods dragged down by heavy-handed detailing and flat characterization. After a portal between worlds opens in Boston, Maddie Angle, a grieving art history student, awakens in the body of Mattie Roth, a sexually aggressive, opium-addicted version of Maddie called a twain. Maddie’s quest to locate her vanished lover could have been a dazzling adventure. Unfortunately, Barron relies on repetitive expository dialogue, and by the time the plot has been explained to Maddie yet again, readers will wonder whether she is altered by her new opium habit or merely dense. Efforts to bring the world to life fall similarly flat, as inorganic descriptions of a balloon-suspended mansion and numerous corsets fail to capture steampunk’s hallmark anachronistic anarchy. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Maddie Angler's lover, the brilliant and eccentric graduate student Alvin Roth, has disappeared and is presumed dead. Instead of moving on with her life, Maddie travels to Boston with Alvin's socially challenged younger brother, Randy, to deliver a box of research papers to Alvin's adviser, Dr. Keats. This simple action propels her into a parallel universe where she discovers through encounters with a more gregarious Randy that Alvin is not only alive but that he has discovered the secret of multidimensional travel and grown dangerously powerful. VERDICT Steampunk meets goddess worship in this unusual and highly original story of loves that cross the borders of time and space. Exploring the concept of multiple universes and the social, artistic, scientific, and religious differences among them, Barron's debut is an sf adventure that mixes high action with exquisitely detailed depictions of everyday existence in these alternate worlds.
Jonathan Wood
"A brilliant, eloquent adventure through time, space, and the human heart." -- Jonathan Wood, author of No Hero
Mur Lafferty
"Barron's book is a sexy trek through alternate worlds, with a fascinating and detailed mythology. This one is a steampunk tale that doesn't play by the rules." -- Mur Lafferty, author and podcaster of Heaven and Hell
Cherie Priest
"... a lush, dreamy fable - both vintage gothic, and modern mystery ... lovingly laced with magic and darkness from start to finish." -- Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936460090
Publisher:
Candlemark & Gleam
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Natania Barron has been traveling to other worlds from a very young age, and will be forever indebted to Lucy Pevensie and Meg Murry for inspiring her to go on her own adventures. She currently resides in North Carolina with her family, and is, at heart, a hobbit--albeit it one with a Tookish streak a mile wide.

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Pilgrim of the Sky 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Brigid_Ashwood More than 1 year ago
First - full disclosure. I'm the cover artist for this book, and I consider the author a friend, so YES I'm biased. I love this book. But again, considering I am completely biased, take that assessment as you will. I feel compelled to write a review to clear up a few things. This novel is full of rich and detailed worlds and steamy love scenes with compelling characters. BUT, I will say this book is misunderstood as "steampunk". One world within the book can be described as steampunk, and since the book is set in several worlds, assuming that the whole novel is steampunk in nature is doing it a disservice. Additionally as another reviewer noted this is NOT a young adult novel. I'm not sure how that mistake happened, but yeah, very mature scenes are present in this book. Very nicely written and fun mature scenes mind you, but mature non-the-less. A beautiful novel by a beguiling author. Can't wait for a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely adored this book. So much about the storytelling style and the aesthetic of the world clicked for me, I was sorry that the book was so short, because I would have loved to spend more time with these characters. The travelling between kindred worlds put me a bit in mind of Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci novels, which I was obsessed with as a child; but Natania's take on this fantasy trope is completely fresh, sophisticated, and decidedly adult. Really just fearfully impressive for a debut novel. Highly recommended, to say the very least!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was my first foray into anything steam punky and it did not disappoint. The author gives such rich descriptions of everything and I fell in love with the main character, Maddie. She is such a beautifully flawed character and is easy to relate to. The story is fast paced throughout the book. I enjoyed it so much I plan to read it again. Highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 how archetypes might manifest differently in different times and places. I love the depth of all the characters, and especially appreciated reading a strong (but complex and not simply superheroic) female lead. The title and cover didn't really appeal to me, but I'm so glad I gave it a try anyway.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
I¿m not really sure why I thought this was a YA book, but when I first read the synopsis, that is exactly what I was expecting. However, this is not a YA book at all, but rather an adult book with some adult situations that I wouldn¿t necessarily want my teen reading about; not that it¿s extremely bad or extremely erotic, but there are some scenes within that are not my cup of tea, let alone something I would give to a younger reader. Now, my prudish self aside, there weren¿t that many sexual encounters, and the book was very well written as it is, but it wasn¿t really my style. I am still new to the steampunk era, and I haven¿t quite wrapped my head around it all, but I truly believe an avid steampunk reader would love this book. The other worlds within Barron¿s novel were extremely interesting, but I had a little difficulty connecting everything together, though I think this is more reader error than author error. I also feel like this would be the type of novel that lovers of Alice in Wonderland would enjoy as it follows that same type of surreal writing. Unfortunately, it is not for me.