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SciFi/Steampunk/Fantasy Review: Pilgrim of The Sky by Natania Barron

Pilgrim of The Sky by Natania Barron 

Egalley thanks to Candlemark & Gleam

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

"... 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

"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

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

A world-hopping, reality-bending, art-historical, socio-religious steampunk odyssey you won't want to miss!

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US($4.99)/UK(£3.30) | The Book Depository US/UK 


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 Pilgrim of The Sky is a beautiful, poetic book. It was a slow start for me, but once you get a quarter way through you are caught and keep digging out more and more gems in this book along the way.

Where do I start with this complex book? 

Pilgrim of the Sky is a book taking on the idea of multiverse, hence its sci-fi element. Maddie, the main heroine from our world (Sixth World) is transported into World Two into a body of her twain (double) Matilda.

Second world is stunning, it's Victorian, operating on a completely different type of technology and it worships Mary instead of Christ. Boston in that world is absolutely breathtaking with its colourful buildings, cathedrals reminding of gardens of Eden, carriages powered by magnets and mansions floating in the air.

While Matilda and Maddie struggle for control over Matilda's body, Maddie slowly finds out what she has to do and why she is special enough to travel through the worlds. Everyone seems to want her to find Alvin, her ex-lover whom she thought dead - Randal, Matilda's husband; Matilda - a callous beautiful woman with her own agenda; a bearded river captain Joss... and don't let me start with all the confusing twains from other worlds!

There are dragons or demigods, there are magical objects, transfiguration and transportation... Maddie is reeling and way over her head and all she wants is to get back to her own world. Or does she?

Fabulous, rich world and lavish clothes left me drooling despite the plot getting messier and more complicated with each chapter. I did feel for Maddie and wanted her to find happiness, and I really enjoyed this unusual novel. Recommended.

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Очень интересная книга несмотря на то, что вчитываться в неё было тяжело. Безумный, сложный сюжет, что кстати под концовку занизило рейтинг книги, однако мир в Пилигриме Неба описан так красиво, так захватывающе, что я этой книге всё прощаю!

Чего здесь только нет - и путешествия через параллельные миры, загадочные близнецы-полубоги или драконы, как их называют в Мире Два. Сам Мир Два просто потрясающ с его Викторианским Бостоном, странной технологией, использующей магниты для энергии, воздушными шарами, особняками, плавающими в  воздухе и религией, поклоняющейся Деве Марии вместо Христа.

Мадди из Мира Шесть переносится в Мир Два вселяясь в тело своего двойника, Матильды - бездушной, прекрасной женщины со своими собственными тёмными планами. Пока Мадди и Матильда борятся за контроль тела, муж Матильды Рэндалл хочет, чтобы она нашла Альвина - её бывшего бойфренда, который как она считала умер год назад в её мире. В общем-то все хотят, чтобы она нашла Альвина, даже Матильда. Но у каждого из персонажей на него свои планы.

Оказывается, Альвин с его безумными идеями пытается убить всех своих двойников в разным мирах и стать полноценным божеством, и Мадди необходимо его остановить.

Книга мистичная, красивая, полная магии и любви, несмотря на проблемы с сюжетом. Советую.


Blodeuedd said...

Another one I had not heard about before, but it does sound cool :)

Unknown said...

Wow. Talk about a descriptive, well-imagined world. Love the idea of a world that worships Mary. I wish I could get into steampunk. There's just something about that genre that screams, dark and cold. Maybe I just haven't found the right one yet.

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I don't know, Joy! I wouldn't say it's dark and cold. usually it's boisterous and full of life :) You need to try something like Pip Ballantine or Gail Carriger for a start to decide if it's right for you.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Huh. It's new to me but sounds great. Thank you!

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