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Review: Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron

Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron
Fantasy, Mythology
Paperback $19.95 (324 pages, CANDLEMARK & GLEAM)
Ebook $4.99

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.
Author Site: nataniabarron.com

A Genre-Defying Masterpiece (4 stars)

There's a reason PILGRIM OF THE SKY has such a vague and short blurb. If it said much more, the richness of its imaginative concept would be ruined. While I've seen it mentioned as a steampunk read it really is not. There's a steampunk element to part of it, but ultimately this is more a fantasy novel that truly bends and twists the genre.

This is not fantasy of the swords and sorcery formula, but rather, something more akin to Alice in Wonderland. Maddie never quite felt authentic to me as a reader, I always felt like she was a bit flat in personality and her veiled past and motives got very frustrating. As the plot thickens and then thins it works yet I still was left barely caring what her ultimate fate would be.

PILGRIM OF THE SKY has been the hardest book for me to review! The overall story is so fantastic and well imagined I would love to have seen it told in a less literary fashion. If I'm fully honest one of the reasons I couldn't give it five stars was because it was a little too intelligent for me, forcing me to pause at certain junctures to attempt wrapping my head around it all. If you're looking for a really brain bending read please look no further. Desirous of something entertaining and easy? Take a pass.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.


Unknown said...

"I couldn't give it five stars was because it was a little too intelligent for me" Girl! This is the reason why I stay away from sci-fi and high fantasy, TOO INTELLIGENT and my poor neurons can't take the intense mental stimulation.

Rhianna said...

I rarely have that problem but at one point I just admitted to myself that the author is far smarter than I. lol It was a good read and I was going 'wow I wish I'd thought of this' in regards to the world building. I would have loved to see it with a more genre fiction take on it than the more literary one Barron did just because it could be such a fun world to play in.


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