As strange as it may sound coming from someone who reviews books, I haven’t much felt like reading lately. You know how it goes: life happens.
So when I picked up Pilgrim of the Sky, I wasn’t really expecting to like it. I was expecting a book I could pick up and put down at will, when I had a few minutes to kill, but nothing that would keep me eager to read.
I did not get what I expected.
On the very first page, you are pulled into a mystery, one that only gets deeper and more complex the further into the book you get. You arrive in dreary Amherst, Massachusetts in the midst of winter and heartbreak, and travel through worlds both gloomy and bright. Barron waltzes you–at times quite literally–from modern day, to Victorian steampunk, to ancient Greece and Rome, all the way to what feels like the dawn of time. Fascinating and dizzying, it’s a delight to simply keep up with all the twists and turns of the plot.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read, and would be a good introduction to steampunk for someone who wants to ease in (only one of the eight worlds is steampunk, after all, even if it is the one where the most time is spent). If you enjoyed Mur Lafferty’s Heaven and Hell, wanted to follow Alice Through the Looking Glass, or thought Gaiman’s Anansi Boys could do with a few more corsets and a touch of lace, do yourself a favor and read Pilgrim of the Sky.