Pilgrims

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Eric Albright is a twenty-six-year-old journalist living in London. That is to say he would be a journalist if he got off his backside. But this luckless slacker isn’t all bad—he has a soft spot for his sometimes friend Stuart Casey, the homeless old drunk who mostly lives under the railway bridge near his flat. Eric is willing to let his life just drift by…until the day a small red door appears on the graffiti-covered wall of the bridge, and a gang of strange-looking people—Eric's pretty sure one of them is...

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Eric Albright is a twenty-six-year-old journalist living in London. That is to say he would be a journalist if he got off his backside. But this luckless slacker isn’t all bad—he has a soft spot for his sometimes friend Stuart Casey, the homeless old drunk who mostly lives under the railway bridge near his flat. Eric is willing to let his life just drift by…until the day a small red door appears on the graffiti-covered wall of the bridge, and a gang of strange-looking people—Eric's pretty sure one of them is a giant—dash out of the door and rob the nearby newsagent. From that day on Eric and Case haunt the arch, waiting for the door to reappear.

When it does, both Eric and Case choose to go through…to the land of Levaal. A place where a mountain-sized dragon with the powers of a god lies sleeping beneath a great white castle. In the castle the sinister Lord Vous rules with an iron fist, and the Project, designed to effect his transformation into an immortal spirit, nears completion. But Vous's growing madness is close to consuming him, together with his fear of an imaginary being named Shadow. And soon Eric may lend substance to that fear. An impossibly vast wall divides Levall, and no one has ever seen what lies beyond. Eric and Casey are called Pilgrims, and may have powers that no one in either world yet understands, and soon the wall may be broken. What will enter from the other side?

Pilgrims is no ordinary alternate-world fantasy; with this first volume in The Pendulum Trilogy, Will Elliott's brilliantly subversive imagination twists the conventions of the alternate-world fantasy genre, providing an unforgettable visionary experience.

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Library Journal
02/15/2014
Journalist Eric Albright doesn't have a lot going for him in his life, which might explain why, when a door suddenly appears in a train underpass, he ventures to the strange world that appears on the other side. Eric and Case, his homeless friend and underpass dweller, travel to Levaal, a pocket world between worlds, and become dangerously embroiled in the local conflict between a power-mad wannabe god and the free cities that are opposed to him. VERDICT Fast-paced action and vivid descriptions of the magic-wielding creatures help propel this fantasy, the first volume in Elliott's(The Pilo Family Circus) "Pendulum Trilogy," although the characters never quite soar off the page. The portal fantasy always has great potential, giving the reader a fish-out-of-water view of a new imaginative world, but it has been done better by authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Stephen R. Donaldson.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-21
The first entry in the Pendulum fantasy trilogy, from the author of The Pilo Family Circus (2006). Eric Albright, an apathetic 26-six-year-old London journalist, writes a column his colleagues consider to be a joke. His only friend, Stuart "Case" Casey, is a drunk who lives under a nearby railway bridge. One day, while on his way to play chess with Case, a small red door appears under the bridge. To Eric's surprise, a gang of weirdos emerges and robs the nearby news agent. When the door later reappears, Eric and Case go through and find themselves in Levaal, a land dominated by a huge, white, dragon-shaped castle. The castle's proprietor, Lord Vous, has ambitions to transform himself into an immortal. Vous dreads the Shadow, a being he believes haunts him and which might not even be real. Vous' chief servant is the Arch Mage, the most powerful of a group of wizards who, if they overuse magic, risk cooking themselves from within. Only a handful of Free Cities are not yet under Vous' control, and luckily, Eric and Case fall in with a band of warriors who resist Vous' growing power. In Levaal, Eric and Case are known as Pilgrims, for reasons unclear, though they can understand the language of all the peculiar creatures that live there—such as the Invia, mysterious beings resembling angels. One of the Invia gives Case a magical necklace and asks him to go spy on Vous, which, in exchange for a drink, he's happy to do. Where is this going, and does it all add up? Answers are uncertain; the characters talk the talk but don't have a real presence, and the narrative is mostly aimless. Still, it's inventive enough, not to say puzzling, and sets forth in prose of great clarity; this may be enough to tempt readers to return for future installments. Not altogether convincing but it has its charms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857381378
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011

Meet the Author

WILL ELLIOT'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. Elliot was born in Brisbane, Australia

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