I’m not terribly good at describing Pilgrim of the Sky. But thankfully, my publisher is! To get a better idea of what the book might be about, and what I’m currently immersed in edits with at the moment, consider the following from their announcement post:
How to describe this novel? Hm. That may be a tough one. It’s sort of…a world-hopping, reality-bending, art-historical, socio-religious steampunk odyssey. And that’s just for starters.
It takes place both in our world – in a corner of the world that I’m particularly familiar with and fond of, Western Massachussets – and in a number of other worlds, each of which has its own character and flavour. Natania has an unbelievable knack for description and imagery, and I can honestly say that the lush descriptions of Sixth World make me want to pack up and move there, just to get a taste of floating mansions, copper corsets, and electromagnetic horseless carriages in a refined pseudo-Victorian society that has some truly surprising twists to it.
But that’s only part of this novel. Pilgrim of the Sky also features murder, ambition, greed, multidimensional travel, and opiate abuse. You know, as you do.
That about says it, indeed.
sounds very cool! and lots of worldbuilding, my favorite! you probably had to write practically an encyclopedia of all the stuff before you do finish the book?
I’m horribly disorganized with this stuff and (often to my detriment) keep about 90% of it in my head. I wish I had the discipline to write it all out, but mostly it’s just research and flying by the seat of my pants… then rewriting and rereading a ton to make sure it makes sense!