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The Malice (The Vagrant Trilogy) by [Newman, Peter]
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Reviews of THE VAGRANT:

★★★★★ 'For fans of classic science-fiction literature, this is a must-read.' – SciFi Now

★★★★ 'Come visit this brilliantly imaginative land of winged swords and broken solar cells.' – SFX

‘The Vagrant is a joy to read: an original and engrossing world, a strong story and a protagonist who is intensely charismatic despite – or because of – his silence. Newman’s debut is written with confidence, flair and imagination, bringing his dark world to marvellously macabre life’
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Author of Shadows of the Apt series

‘A stunning and ambitious debut novel set in a unique and imaginative world where the only hope rests on the capacity of human beings to love’ Melinda M. Snodgrass

About the Author

PETER NEWMAN lives in Somerset with his wife and son. Growing up in and around London, Peter studied Drama and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to work as a secondary school drama teacher. He now works as a trainer and firewalking instructor. He sometimes pretends to be a butler for the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes and has been shortlisted twice for a Hugo award. Peter writes for computer game Albion Online and his first book, THE VAGRANT, was published in 2015.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1168 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (19 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0175WL1WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you haven’t read The Vagrant, this review may contain spoilers. Also, if you haven’t read The Vagrant…go and read it!

I caught Fantasy-Faction saying they weren’t sure who to compare Peter Newman to. Well, for me, it’s China Mieville. It’s a weird, alien world with intriguing characters, twisted plots and gripping storylines. Nothing’s conventional, nothing’s cliché, and I love it.

The Malice isn’t quite as good as The Vagrant…but only in the sense that The Vagrant was a 5*, and this is 4.5*. It just doesn’t have that linear plotline, that gripping tension, that made me read The Vagrant from end to end in one sitting. But it’s as good for characters and for world-building, and I read it in two halves, so…it only loses a little! It’s as enthralling and as entertaining as the first.

It’s wonderful to see more of Vesper, and more of the same world we saw in The Vagrant. Vesper travels through the same territories, the same landscapes, as she heads towards the Breach – but her reactions are different, and I think that’s what I love most about this book. Vesper is a very different character to The Vagrant, and even with the Malice on her back, she carves her own path through the politics and problems that she encounters.

We also get more of the history behind the Shining City and the world; I’m really hoping this will all tie into the next book in the series, The Seven, released in April.

If you loved The Vagrant, you’ll love The Malice – and if you haven’t read either and want unique, character-filled, heart-tugging fantasy in a truly unique world…read these.
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First things first, I've not read the Vagrant, but having received a free EArc of The Seven (Book 3) I dived right into it and then realised that I really should read, at least, the previous book.

The Malice starts very strongly - the world created feels both relatable and also very strange. This sums up much of the novel. The main characters of Vesper, and the Kid, are introduced very quickly and immediately feel like realistic characters. Yet the author's writing style is spare, almost to distraction, substituting words that sound like what they describe as opposed to describing them, for instance a WarMech. For me this meant that I was constantly grasping at even the smallest amount of description, which was strange because I often find author's engaging in too much description and it annoys me, this was the complete opposite.

For all that, the world is richly imagined, in all its strangeness and it is very strange, and this makes it, at times, quite a difficult read, and that's why it's taken me a month to read because I just had to take a break half way through because the 'weirdness' and the writing style was giving me something of a headache.

For all that, the book is worthy of perseverance and I'm looking forward to reading The Seven.

All in all, not an easy read, but quite an intriguing one.
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A good sequel. Set in the Macworld, it focuses on the Vagrant's 'daughter' who was a baby in the first book. It is similar in style, which I enjoyed, and has the same fast pace. It also reveals a bit more about the world before the demons invaded. I hope there will be a third book.
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Vesper and her father and her uncle live out in the wilds Vesper father has very old secret sword one day Vesper takes the sword and a adventure beings .
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Really good book. Unusual setting and characters. Couldn't put the book down and was a great read to while away rush hour travel on the train and forgetting your stop is next.
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This story is a journey of discovery and achievement and very good for a fantasy saga. Ideally suited for younger readers
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I actually preferred this to the first book. Top quality and very original, already on my very short list of authors whose books I have to buy.
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Wonderful characters experiencing wonderous adventurers in a world of wonder. If you like to be challenged by your storyteller you've come to the right place, and it's got goats!
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