|Pilgrims is volume one of a fantasy trilogy set
in a magical world with dragons and an evil overlord. I wasnt inspired by that
extremely brief summation either so it was with much trepidation that I started reading
said work. To say I was surprised is an understatement of considerable proportion.
is one of the most original fantasies I have read in a very long time and I
thoroughly enjoyed it. Pilgrims is set in a world that is dominated by a
paranoid, and possibly delusional, overlord; whose chief underling is working against him;
where the "heroes" have worked out there are no good or bad guys, but they (the
heroes) just have to survive; and where the non-human cast arent elves and dwarfs
from central casting but a fresh-faced crew that have their own script.
Author Will Elliott with Pilgrims has made use of a story trope
little used in fantasy: the hero(es) who have no idea whats going on. In Pilgrims
the heroes not only have no idea what is going on, they have no special abilities, they
are not the subject of some gnostic prophesy, they are just caught in the crossfire. I
almost wept for joy when I discovered that plot device being used. Imagine that: a hero
who is everyman; and another whos an alcoholic dont see many of them in
All these factors made this a wonderful book to read as I had no idea what would happen
next. I am so much looking forward to the next volume that I might buy a hard cover
edition and thats almost unheard of for me.
Read Pilgrims youll be more than satisfied you did.