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Early Review: The Vagrant by Peter Newman

The VagrantTitle: The Vagrant

Author: Peter Newman

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Vagrant (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

Format: Paperback, 406 Pages

ISBN-10: 0008163308 (Harper Voyager)

ISBN-13: 978-0008163303 (Harper Voyager)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other.

Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.

Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.

As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.

His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.

But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.

Quick & DirtyA silent knight, with a sword that is alive, on a very dangerous mission, will he make it?

Opening Sentence: “Starlight gives way to bolder neon.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Vagrant, a baby and a goat are trying to get to the Shining City. That actually sounds like a joke, but seriously, the Vagrant is traveling with a baby and a goat. He is the last Seraph Knight on this side of the world, and he carries with him a deadly sword. The Shining City is the last place fully human, and the Vagrant hopes the sword will help them turn the tide. In a world losing it’s hope the Vagrant is slowly rekindling that fire.

Along the way he ends up with some traveling companions, Harm, a man who sees the Vagrant for what he is and decides to help him as a way to redeem himself. The Hammer also joins them, and her change is nothing less than miraculous. As they continue to stay ahead of the Knights of Jade and Ash and all that hunt the sword, will the Vagrant be able to make it to the Shining City or will he fall on his quest?

Okay, first off I really enjoyed this book. I slightly edge away from love because it is a little confusing. Some of that gets cleared up near the end of the book, but some due to the nature of the story is just a mystery. I am glad to see that this is a series, because I really still need some answers. Now that I have said what bothered me I have to get to the point, I mean this book is soo different than anything I have ever read. The main character, The Vagrant, goes by no other name. I mean that literally, even in the chapters that fill in the back story at no point does the author let loose the name of the Vagrant. Oh, and to top it all off he doesn’t speak very much throughout out the entire book, and I am not joking, this book carries it though and is really good despite the lack of dialogue or even inner thought of the main character.

He is a giant enigma through the whole book, you do learn why he doesn’t talk, because in the back story you only figure who he is when the story comes to that conclusion and you understand why he doesn’t speak at all. All of that being said, this is definitely towards the science fiction side of fantasy. There are plenty of high fantasy elements, but an edge of futuristic thrown in. Honestly, when I started this I was sure I would hate it, and when I saw that the he didn’t talk, I really thought this is going to suck, but I just kept reading. Out of fascination, curiosity, heck, I am not sure what drove me. I couldn’t put the book down.

I am hoping the other books will answer more questions, but I have to say that for a non speaking swordsman, a goat and one baby girl to be the stars of this book, it just blows me away. The level of talent that requires those types of characters to drive a book and make it successful. It’s like Tom Hanks in Castaway level of good. Seriously, if you are into fantasy you must read this book!

Notable Scenes:

“One canine, black in the poor light, unreadable, but the other human one: it flickers in recognition.”

“In New Horizon nothing is wasted.”

“To him the Seraph Knights are heroes from a time when childhood was more than the few moments between consciousness and disappointment.”

“He closes his eyes, covering his face with quick hands to hide the trembling.’

“The Hammer that walks and the Malice?”

“You must be strong in yourself, pure of intent, if you are truly to master being a knight.”

“At his side, the sword twitches, wings parted, metal feathers unashamedly tipped in red.”

The Vagrant Series:

1. The Vagrant

2. The Malice 

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FTC Advisory: Harper Voyager provided me with a copy of The Vagrant. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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