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Pilgrimage chapter 1 Pilgrimage , meaning Pilgrimage , genre Pilgrimage , book cover Pilgrimage , flies Pilgrimage , Pilgrimage 8f927c33399fe Fiscal Analyst Mike Carlson Is Good With Spreadsheets And Baseball Stats He Doesn T Believe In Fate, True Love, Or Fantasy But Then A Fertility Goddess Whisks Him Away To Another World A Promise Has Been Broken, And If Mike Is Ever To Return To California And His Comfortable If Lonely Life He Must Complete A Pilgrimage To The Shrines Of A Death Goddess A Humiliating Event Convinces Mike To Hire A Guard To Accompany Him, And Hunky Goran Is Handy Enough With A Sword, If A Little Too Liberal With His Ale A Man With No Home And No Family, Goran Is Deeper Than He First Appears As Mike Learns About Goran, His Disbelief Wavers And His Goals Become Less Clear Contending With Feuding Gods, The Challenges Of The Journey, And His Growing Attraction To Goran, Mike Faces A Puzzle Far Harder To Solve Than Simple Rows Of Numbers

10 thoughts on “Pilgrimage

  1. says:

    What an amazing fantasy story.A plot that satisfied me and a MC that was literally to die for What could I ask for Mike Carlson is a fiscal analyst in California His life is boring and lonely as his love life isn t exactly thrilling, mostly because he keeps himself at a distance.Suddenly a lady appears out of nowhere and whisks him away to another world where he is sent on a quest to redeem another man s sin.Aided by hot and hunky hunter Goran, the journey becomes demanding than Mike expected and when it s time to make sacrifices, he realizes that he found love that he is not willing to give up.Mike was a bit of a difficult character, but he had to be, otherwise the plot wouldn t have worked.Goran, however, is the most amazing character ever He s troubled, gorgeous, protective, loving and he does have a dark side too that makes him all the attractive as a romance hero.And he looks like the cover model of a Highlander romance, which is never a bad thing.I ve rarely been happier seeing a story wrap up this nicely despite the fantasy theme So, this is actually one of my favorite reads this year 5 stars for hunky Goran The best romance lead in ANY world

  2. says:

    4.25 True Love StarsI made it through the pilgrimage with Mike and fell in love with Goran.This is a beautiful story, and if you pay attention you ll learn about your world too We all love And die And weave our fates with the threads we re given Our gods are petty, and we kill and maim in their name Kim Fielding knows how to spin a yarn and write a HEA Surely, happy endings don t get better than this Thanks to Mish for nudging me to read this book, which has been lingering on my TBR forever, and to Mish and Jen for the buddy read.

  3. says:

    So good

  4. says:

    I ve decided I must be a snuggler at heart, because I find myself talking about cozy reads quite a lot these days And it doesn t surprise me in the least that Kim Fielding s words are my cozy, fuzzy blanket of choice If I pick up one of her books, I can bet money I m probably in for 1 an expertly woven tale with fascinating other worldly details, a lovable, self deprecating lead and a gentle giant hero 2 smokin hot sexy time 3 and yay a HEA Fielding s captured my heart with all of the above in Pilgrimage, an angst free fantasy with a lesson about a funny, lonely guy named Mike, and a Fabio look a like named Goran Fielding spins the tale brilliantly and without the need for an evil nemesis, even Mike, who lives in world like our own, has been teleported or something to Goran s world, which looks and feels like something from medieval times Mike needs to complete a series of tasks in order to appease an angry god and return home, and he does it his way, but always with the help of sweet, caring, fearless Goran Along the way, Mike sometimes improvises to complete his tasks, and that s what I loved about him Mike is Every Guy , and it was fun to watch him come out of his shell as the story progressed The fantasy with a lesson idea worked so well here both MCs had the opportunity to learn about themselves and let go of some sad and heavy baggage from their respective pasts.One of the entertaining parts of Pilgrimage involved Mike s field guide for navigating his tasks Mike is a little confused about some of the language and sidetracks in the guide Says Mike This book is not as helpful as it should be I d give it, like, two stars at best And later I don t even read fantasy Ah, Mike, we relate Really, though, it s a nod to the fun and whimsy of the writing I think it s pretty awesome when we can poke fun at ourselves and not take this life to seriously, and that s just what this read did for me It was a lighthearted, welcome break from life and some of the tougher books I ve challenged myself with lately, and I so enjoyed the journey.

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    Mike is a spoon Ok, he s not a spoon but he s like a spoon A spoon that has an identical mate An identical mate, in an alternate universe, that has really pissed off a god So now Mike the not quite the spoon you re looking for must undertake a pilgrimage to unbend a goddess and save a bunch of people from never dying And he must do it all in his pants that s underwear for all ye heathens out there.Got that Err let s try it again Mike is a fiscal analyst don t ask me what that is, I have a feeling it has to do with numbers and maths and just thinking about it makes my head hurt , and while it is not exactly the most exciting job in the universe, he is damn good at it He s a good man, with a good family, and he s got his head screwed on tight So tight, in fact, that it nearly pops off when Agata, goddess of fertility, pops in, tells him he s just what she s looking for in a hero savior last ditch effort at a loophole, and then pops them both over to home sweet Dalibor She explains that Lord Maliach has pissed off her sister god, Alina, and now refuses to apologize even after the goddess of death cursed Maliach and his lands with immortality in a total, sure your leg just fell off and you re in excruciating pain, but look on the bright side, you ll never die , kind of way Agata, not exactly cool with the whole punish the herd for one jackass s stupidity thing and than a little pleased to trick her sister tells Mike that because he is Maliach, in an alternate universe, he can make the apologies for the ass of a lord He is like one spoon, in a set of cast spoons alike enough in shape and form to fool loophole his way through the rules governing the gods.So with a set of stolen clothes, a bag of a very few coins, and the least helpful guide book ever, Mike sets off is forced to undertake a pilgrimage in a strange land, with strange gods and even stranger people Like it or not not , Mike is now a hero A very reluctant spoon hero.You know that type of story you love, the one that you go out of your way to read, but it almost always disappoints you That is this story minus the disappointment I love the whole average joe falls into another universe trope But rarely is it ever good At best, they tend to be mediocre clich s wrapped around highly improbable characters And yet I keep reading them, in the vain hope that one day someone will actually write something that I ll love Well, it has taken 27 years, and who knows how many bottle of wine, but ladies and gentlemen, I give you the winner Pilgrimage I loved this book Mike is just average He s an accountant that is a good man, if a little lonely in the romance department, but he is not a superhero in disguise Mike does not moonlight as a sword wielding ninja, he s not a fantasy junkie that s fully equipped to take on any adventure, and he s not spent the last ten years studying hunting and gathering, so that he s so at home in the wild he d give Bear Grylls a run for his money He s an average guy, thrown out of everything he knows, and forced to make the best of it.So it is probably good that he runs into Goran because let s face it, you can t really fiscaly analyze your way out of a sword fight Goran is a good man, who has had a pretty messed up childhood adulthood, and now basically only wants to have enough money to drink himself into a hazy stupor for as long as humanly possible He is also rather impressive with his blade P He is both gregarious and quiet, at turns, and is probably not the smartest man alive, but he is sweet and he cares for Mike even when Mike does a stupid thing I really loved him And I loved how Fielding made him feel alive and real How his past made him into something than just a blade for higher.Mike and Goran could have come out sounding like every bad clich , but they didn t They were all the good things that made clich s clich d that made them so damn popular Man trapped in foreign land, falls for romance cover worthy hunk of a man.it should feel flat, but it is not It is romantic, and cute, and just a little sad Because Mike s not staying, and Goran who lost everything but is now finally starting to find some peace is going to once again have his heart ripped out of his chest, by something he cannot stop The story doesn t exactly flounder around in angst, but you never quite know how it will end, giving it enough tension that you are eagerly awaiting each new page.But no matter how unsure you are about some things, others are quite certain Like the fact that his book was a pleasure to read It was funny It was fun The jokes found that perfect spot where you never quite knew what to expect to come out of Mike s mouth, but it never felt like he was saying it just to get a laugh The pop culture references could have fallen flat, very easily, but they were well chosen and perfectly timed Never too much, and just enough to get the meaning without confusing us, or beating us over the head with it It was both unexpected and highly believable.I do have some issues with how the book ended mostly that I wanted to see about how everyone was coping but it was a really good book, nonetheless I think Mike let go a little too easily, even if I understand the choice he made, but I think I would have liked for him to fight a bit harder for Goran But I got my HEA, and really enjoyed reading this I ve no doubt it is going to pop up on my re read list, either If you are looking for a low angst book, full of fun and romance, this is the book for you 4.5 stars This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways Click below.

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this, but I wanted it to be better I also recommend have tissues at hand, evil book made me cry.

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    3.5I m not really sure how to rate this There were great ideas in this story, really lovely moments, and some conversations that made me want to cry In a good way I loved the different sacrifices Mike has to make druing his pilgrimage and how they changed him, how he developed as a character because of them The physical description of the world was detailed and well done, it made the different settings easy to picture, and I always love that in a book And Goran Goran was such a great character He was amazing, fierce, loyal, strong, vulnerable, genuine and so so sincere in everything he said and did I loved him But now come the parts that I didn t like all that much as a fantasy story, it often felt a bit childish and immature, to be honest The general world building, the setting beyond the physical appearance fell flat for me The Gods are one example of that, they didn t seem like Gods at all to me More like pubescent children And there are some things left unexplained that I just didn t understand for example, if the Gods have the power to remove people from different worlds and to send them back there later , are they Gods in those worlds too Obviously they have some sort of power, but what is their role exactly There are quite a few other examples as well, but I m not going to bore you with them Mike s whole task seemed like a quest in a roleplaying game with a not so proficient game master The kind where you get dropped somewhere, get handed your big assignment and find yourself already at the beginning of the road that you then just have to follow in between solving riddles or completing specific tasks at several pre determined stations Completely straight forward, no intricacies, nothing really surprising, and in all this rather unimaginative As I said, there are awesome ideas in this story the sacrifices, the pilgrimage per se , but I just think the execution fell short of the potential, because the plot and whole world building were too restricted to the basic story concept.It s hard to describe what exactly is missing, except maybe that I love my fantasy stories to be embedded into some sort of bigger picture and there s simply no bigger picture here Any attempts at creating it the Gods, the explanation for choosing Mike to begin with, Lord Meliach himself and his deeds are without question the weakest part of the story to me, because they were not convincing at all The best part of this story on the other hand is clearly the romance component even though I didn t like Mike all that much sometimes Kim Fielding is obviously an experienced, talented writer and you notice that throughout the book She knows how to write relationship and character development in a way that makes sense and is in tune with the characters experiences That is a great thing But it isn t enough for a great fantasy story which lives much through world building and general setting than most contemporary stories do simply because in contemporary stories even with fantastical elements the reader already knows the world and the basic concepts it s built on, whereas in fantasy stories the reader has no idea whatsoever So, I m a bit torn in how to rate this book Parts of it deserve clear four stars, other parts maybe two I settle at 3.5 because I really loved some of the scenes in this book, but I ll round it down, because view spoiler the resolution in the end felt too rushed and I wouldn t have minded to see Mike suffering a little bit Not only because I m sadistic, but because the scenes of Mike and Goran s separation were damn beautiful and a little bit of a prolonged or at least documented heartbreak would have given them even significance I think hide spoiler

  8. says:

    Is someone ask me the reason I keep reading Kim Fielding books I will answer because it hurts each time, I smile so much reading the end and my face hurts that s why.The plotMichael Carlson is an ordinary man With a ordinary job in California With an ordinary plan work, pay his bills, and. that s it Nothing He may not believe in destiny, but destiny believe in him And his destiny is to live an remarkable adventureIn a parallel Earth like place, another man, offend a Goddess And in a second, the ordinary life of Michael Carlson will be anything but ordinary Catapult in a medieval like place, Michael must do a pilgrimage, and save a village from a terrible curse Meliach is the exactly copy of Michael So if Michael do the pilgrimage in his place a village can be normal again and Michael can go back to California and forget all about swords and a world without indoor plumbing.Nothing is easy why in a parallel world it should be In a luck moment Michael will find the perfect guide in that confusing world Goran.Goran is big, loyal, and decide to help Michael in the pilgrimage He just ask for the book Michael has as his payment.Michael will have a guide and much he will have the reason to ask himself how much he want to go back to his world, and how much he will suffer leaving Goran alone Because Goran is alone and it s clear the man have a tragic past and deserve a better live and deserve to be loved.This is one of the most romantic fantasy book I ever read I loved all the pilgrimage and knowing the cities and their weird habitants.I loved all the mystery, of what would be each sacrifice Michael would have to do because each temple he visit he must honor the Goddess with something, and you as a reader and from Michael POV is lost as he is.I loved how slow but constant is the learning, about the fantastic world Michael is, and about the mysterious guide he has, Goran.And most of all, I loved how a fantasy book was so romantic I felt my heart breaking because we know that each step Michael do, each time he reach one temple and do an offer he is close to go home, go away from that world, go away leaving his beloved Goran.This is a romantic story, and so, I highly recommend it to readers searching a fantasy but also a romantic bookI will not spoil but all the Goddess are watching closely Michael may they be merciful May they give a change to Michael and Goran You must read to know because I will not tell it D5 stars

  9. says:

    I am a big fan of Kim Fielding, so when Martin recommended one of her books, it was no hardship to dive into this fantasy story And as usual with Mrs Fielding, the book did not disappoint.Michael is an accountant with a typical desk job, plain and simple and boring But then he is transferred to an alternative university, where he needs to go on a pilgrimage to lift the curse of a godess Goran is a fighter, good looking, strong and muscular and when he offers protection in exchange for a book, Michael got for his pilgrimage, those two go on a journey through a medieval like country, getting to know each other and falling in love I really liked the way, the story evolved, both main characters are adorable, I especially loved Goran and would have married him myself well apart from the fact that he chose Michael and I am already marriedTheir first wedding and the sacrifice that was made afterwards had me sobbing, it was so beautiful and romantic and the HEA beautiful.Definitely recommended and strong 4 stars for me My only complaint is that Goran was unfortunately not on the cover too bad I mean that guy had the hair and the sword, but this definitely isn t our hero, first I even thought it was the godess Agatha, so that was disappointing

  10. says:

    After finishing The Pillar, which made me all emotional, I must say that Pilgrimage was not as exciting and not exactly favorite of mine I agreed with my friend, Katharina, who said that the fantasy part was a bit immature The whole a man being plucked from his home to this alternative world to save the day was a good idea but I thought Mike s journey being just a pilgrimage felt mundane Oh, I enjoyed his conversation with Goran the fierce and loyal Goran it was good, but the whole journey part dragged this story down for me This was the case where I wanted sword fightings or some sort of huge task to complete Something action based It felt rather lackluster for a quest type of story a case why I thought Alice in Wonderland was just nice but not heart pumping exciting.The romance was quite lovely though and my sappy heart smiled widely for the ending.

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