Pilgrim of the Sky

Pilgrim of the Sky

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, 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936460090
Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Pilgrim of the Sky 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 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.
irapearson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(LT Early Reviewer)There's really nothing to dislike here. It's a fairly solid fantasy novel with a strong female protagonist. It does tread some very well-trodden ground: anthropomorphic personifications / demigods and alternate realities. It isn't groundbreaking and it isn't particularly exciting, but it is entertaining.
jlparent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Got this from a LibraryThing giveaway; often confusing - this could benefit from being developed more. It felt crammed together. At the same time, it was often vague - in style elements, in character development, in reader interest level. But all that aside, it has potential - I did like the aspect of the 8 worlds and the people being aspects of gods across them - interesting lore. Just needs a heavy retune to better worldbuild, slow the explanations and deepen them at key points.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maddie's boyfriend Alvin is missing, presumed dead, and she's trying to move on with her life. Which proves difficult when she starts getting hints that he might still be alive, only... elsewhere. Then she falls through some kind of magic mirror and ends up in a vaguely steampunk-y alternate universe, sharing a body with another version of herself. And Alvin? Well, he's probably around somewhere, if she cares to go looking for him.The first half of this book, I have to say, feels kind of... self-indulgent. Plot development and the answering of the questions that the main character should be asking get largely shunted aside in favor of various erotic encounters and enthusiastic descriptions of what everyone's wearing. Then, midway through, there's a big revelation and it suddenly turns into a very different kind of book, one that's trying to be all twisty and epic. But... Well, it's not exactly bad. But it just never really did much of anything for me.Oh, well. At least it was a pretty quick read.
yoyogod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I found this book rather mediocre. It wasn't a bad book, but I just didn't find the characters interesting or find the plot original. It's basically just another story about a woman who suddenly discovers she has magical powers and has to go and stop a bad guy from doing bad things.
omnia_mutantur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me get this confession out of the way first. For whatever reason, the cover made me want to punch the protagonist. It was a fine book, with what felt like a mash-up of a bunch of different fantasy systems/worlds. Dragons, people finding out that they're magic, parallel worlds, the power of love, archetypes. It felt a little under-baked, though. Too many characters, uneven focus on descriptions, throwaway bits I wanted more focus on, and focus on things that didn't seem to advance the plot at all. I wouldn't recommend this book to most people, but I would happily tell people she's an author to watch.
reconditereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book from LTER, and when I turned it over I found positive blurbs from both Cherie Priest and Mur Lafferty, so I knew it had to be good! I devoured the first half of the book at one gulp. I love world-building, so I enjoyed the part where Maddie explored the world. I savored the descriptions of colors, foods, buildings, designs, patterns, and other delicious details (oh, and the clothes! gorgeous!). The last part of the book tread perilously close to a kind of story I dislike, though, getting all spiritual and mystical, with haze and confusion and demigods and out-of-body experiences everywhere. It ended up with more characters than I could keep track of, worse than an Amber novel. (Actually, if you like the Amber books by Zelazny, you might try this book -- though this one has a much stronger female presence.)Overall, I really liked this book and I would read more from this author! I wish there were fewer typos, but oh well. The book satisfied me at the end, and the protagonist went through a few key changes, though I never did really understand why she liked a dip like Alvin. Maddie becoming more powerful was a change I was glad to see, especially since it was a certain kind of power that came from making peace with herself.If anything about the description of this book or my (non-spoilery, I hope!) review intrigues you, definitely try this book. I recommend it.
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.