Friday, January 11, 2013

Giveaway: The Pilgrims

This week's Jo Fletcher Books giveaway is The Pilgrims (paperback) by Will Elliott.

Here's the copy:

Eric Albright, a twenty-six-year-old unemployed journalist, and Stuart Casey, a homeless old drunk, fall through a door in a graffiti-covered wall into the strange world of Levall, where a mountain-sized dragon with the powers of a god lies sleeping beneath a great white castle. Here they are the otherworlders, Pilgrims, and their lives are never going to be the same again. 

In the castle the sinister Lord Vous rules with an iron fist as the Project, designed to effect his transformation into an immortal spirit, nears completion. But Vous' growing madness is close to consuming him, as is his fear of the imaginary being named 'Shadow'. And the arrival of the otherworlders in Levall is about to lend substance to that fear. 

No one has ever seen what lies beyond the impossibly vast Wall that divides Levall, but the Pilgrims possess powers strong enough to break it down. If they do, what will enter from the other side? Will Elliott's brilliantly subversive and creative imagination twists the conventions of the genre to create an unforgettable alternate-world fantasy.

Same deal as last week: You have seven days to comment on this blog and be entered into the contest. This time let's make it a bit more interesting - tell me what you think happens after the events in the copy (e.g., "the dragon eats them").

Next Friday I will roll my die (whichever kind is appropriate - I have many) and choose a winner. If you win, you will send your mailing info to me at Mazarkis (dot) Williams (at) gmail (dot) com. But I won't send the book - the amazing Nicola Budd over at JFB will do that much faster than I ever could. Approximately one week later you will have your Pilgrims paperback!

Good luck.


This contest is now closed. The winner is Emmanuel Sanya.


  1. "Lord Vous goes beyond the Wall (of reason) and discovers that Shadow is not imaginary at all and in a metafictional plot twist realizes he is a character".

    Ok, maybe that's highly unlikely to happen, but I have traumatic experiences from Paul Kearney's "The Way to Babylon"...

  2. My guess is that :

    "Vous tries to have the pilgrims killed when he discovers they intend to discover what lies over the wall. It turns out Shadow is not an imaginary being as he came into the alternate dimension with Albright.
    I still haven't decided if Albright (All bright ?) is Shadow or just his counterpart. Or maybe shadow is the homeless drunk ?

    So even though he didn't intend to subvert this alternate reality at first, he finds himself in a position where he has to power to make a change, as opposed to the way he perceives his real life profession.

    Schemes and battles ensue and Vous, through cunning and manipulation gets the upper hand. He sets his transformation into motion but discovers his interpretation is off the mark.

    He dies / is crippled / expelled to Albright's dimension / vaporized ?

    Albright is offered the kingdom but is sent back to his own dimension before he can climb on the throne. The homeless man stay in Levall because there is nothing left for him here.

  3. Emmanuel, you have won the book. Please send your mailing info to Mazarkis (dot) Williams (at) gmail (dot) com. Congratulations!

  4. Thanks a lot !!!
    I'm sending it right away :D