Pendulum, Book 1
Synopsis: Eric Albright is a twenty-six-year-old journalist living in London. That is to say he would be a journalist if he got off his backside. But this luckless slacker isn’t all bad—he has a soft spot for his sometimes friend Stuart Casey, the homeless old drunk who mostly lives under the railway bridge near his flat. Eric is willing to let his life just drift by…until the day a small red door appears on the graffiti-covered wall of the bridge, and a gang of strange-looking people—Eric’s pretty sure one of them is a giant—dash out of the door and rob the nearby newsagent. From that day on Eric and Case haunt the arch, waiting for the door to reappear.
When it does, both Eric and Case choose to go through…to the land of Levaal. A place where a mountain-sized dragon with the powers of a god lies sleeping beneath a great white castle. In the castle the sinister Lord Vous rules with an iron fist, and the Project, designed to effect his transformation into an immortal spirit, nears completion. But Vous’s growing madness is close to consuming him, together with his fear of an imaginary being named Shadow. And soon Eric may lend substance to that fear. An impossibly vast wall divides Levall, and no one has ever seen what lies beyond. Eric and Casey are called Pilgrims, and may have powers that no one in either world yet understands, and soon the wall may be broken. What will enter from the other side?
Review: The synopsis immediately intrigued me when I saw it. Indeed, here the author presents us a strange mix of characters from our world and fantasy characters. You can imagine that the confrontation will be brutal. I was so curious to see how it would be conducted.
Eric and Casey are two men who let themselves be led through life without really having a goal. When one day a door appears under a bridge, they were immediately intrigued, especially when people come through wanting to rob the newsagent. Strange, is not it? When the door reappears later, Eric and Case do not hesitate to embark on a new adventure, hoping to finally experience something new. Beginning their quest each on their side, they will realize that this world is filled with many dangers they didn’t know about. Indeed, they will both have to adapt to the characters, magic, creatures and plots. But Case and Eric, by their start, will have quite differing views on the events and different confidence to the characters who seem strangely interested in their survival. This world reserves them many surprises, women who might make them succumb, a sleeping dragon that everyone talks about, a lord who wishes to become a god and a wall that some want to maintain while others want to destroy to see what coexists behind.
I enjoyed following these two characters who are very different from each other and see how they were able to adapt to a world they do not know at all about. Their dialogue, their actions, their clothes are strange for this place yet they may well decide that they would like both to stay and live a new life. However, even though I loved the two main characters, I had a little more trouble with all the secondary characters. By cons I have to say that the world was well created and the creatures that are present are fascinating and it was very interesting to discover everything. The adventures of our two characters are just beginning and I’m sure there will be many more. Many things are initiated here and I’m curious enough to see what will happen afterwards.
It was a good novel even if it is true that I may be expecting a little more about the story. However I must admit that the mix of two genres as the author presents it here is undeniably original and I took pleasure in discovering everything.