Worlds End is
the final volume in Will Elliotts iconoclastic "Pendulum" fantasy trilogy
and concludes the tales of Eric and Case.
In the previous two volumes Will Elliott kept achieving the unexpected by
confounding my predictions as to what the next plot development would be. Once again he
has taken the standard fantasy plot elements and tropes, and decided that no, his
characters will remain true to themselves and be venal, small-minded and focussed on their
own agendas. The captive dragons break free, schemes of villains become undone, and plans
of heroes are up ended. Eric is handed a hugely tempting morsel and walks away from it. It
all makes sense and coheres as a whole as strange as that may seem. This is a tale of come
the hour, come the consequences.
Worlds End is a difficult book to discuss
without unintentionally revealing the punch line and that is something that should
discover through reading the book. An ending I should add that I didnt see coming:
not even two chapters from the end.
For all those finding their intake of fantasy that little bit passť or
losing its oomph, then I heartily recommend you Will Elliotts "Pendulum"
trilogy: Pilgrims, Shadow and Worlds End.
For some this series will be an uncomfortable read, if only because the standard
expectations of a fantasy series were so blithely side-stepped. If only more authors would
do the unexpected. For me this book was a plate of steak, eggs and chips at a vegetarian
banquet, out of place but so very, very welcome.