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The Vagrant (The Vagrant Trilogy) by [Newman, Peter]
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The Vagrant (The Vagrant Trilogy) Kindle Edition

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★★★★★ '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

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1321 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (23 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OXHFR40
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A good concept, but the writing style really lets it down. The characters had little depth and the incessant tendency to finish every sentence with a single additional (and often obscure or ambiguous) word drove me crazy, irritating. It happened so often that it actually put me off, distracted. Sometimes I felt like I had to stop and work out what on earth the author was on about, searching. I think you get the drift.

As for the ending, I get that the author wants to set you up for a sequel, but this actually felt more unfinished. Enemies were suddenly vanquished at a distance and a journey that I felt was just about to reveal its purpose just simply stopped.

Probably won't bother with the sequel, especially at its current price
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My initial thoughts on The Vagrant were “for a book with little dialogue it’s sure telling one hell of a story,” this was about 4% into the book where we meet The Vagrant himself and his journey to The Shining City begins.

Our main characters oddly enough are a mute, a baby and a goat; and of the three my favourite is probably the goat – she steals the show in every scene that she’s in. Every. Single. One.

There’s a couple of secondary characters who become integral to the story, one of these being Harm – a young man caught hanging with rebels against The Usurper and the Uncivil in one of the cities that the Vagrant passes through – Verdigris.

There’s split timelines in this book – present day set in a post apocalyptic wasteland with creatures you can only imagine – and eight years ago where The Usurper first comes into being and where our story of how the world became this wasteland with weird necromantic creatures with twisted physiques begins in truth.

The Vagrant’s journey is to get the sword he carries to the Shining City, to The Seven, and his journey is fraught with danger, intrigue and The Hammer that Walks. The sword is special in ways you can only dream of and it once belonged to Gamma of The Seven – now deceased to an extent.

Frankly, for a debut novel this was a stunning piece of work with such a story to tell regardless of the distinct lack of dialogue – normally I find this difficult to handle but Peter Newman’s writing is so on point you don’t need the dialogue to know what The Vagrant is thinking. You don’t need to see it to imagine the despair on his face when certain things happen.
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The Vagrant is trying to get himself to safety.

Oh, and a baby. And a sword. And a goat.

None of which entirely want to co-operate.

And there’s at least three parties out there who want what he’s carrying.

I’ll put the overview in now: read this. It’s fantastic worldbuilding, brilliant multi-layered characters, a quest you’ll get hooked into, and I want to re-read. I love it. Read it.

So, more detail…

The world’s fantastic. The ‘baddies’ aren’t; they’re a product of their environment, understandable even as they destroy humankind’s world. The multiple different factions are all at cross-purposes, and their aims change. Even the ‘goodies’ aren’t; they have tried to keep their goals and ideals and ended up fighting a defensive action, unable to adapt to the changing world. The Seraph Knights are gone, and evil is all around – the taint has infected most humans and turned them into strangeness.

And in the midst of the weaving politics and changing landscape, between evil and uncaring humanity and people just trying to survive, the Vagrant is walking onwards.

The baby is adorable; I loved seeing her development and character, brought out so clearly. The book’s even more brilliant because the Vagrant doesn’t speak, and for most of it, the baby doesn’t either – their interactions are done entirely by movement and gesture and look. It’s such a lovely thing to see grow over the course of the events. The Vagrant’s interactions with the world around him are brilliant, too; weaving a path between honour and duty and pragmatism.

We get snippets of other information as we go through – the past and the present interweave so that we slowly learn more about what happened even as we see the effects.
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Over long very annoying broken style of writing that does not allow the story to flow. Jumps around and does not seem to end with any degree of satisfaction.
I wish I hadn't bothered 😴
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not for me, couldn't get through the first book i am afraid. did not come to feel any empathy for any of the characters.
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The book is pretty good :) the way the story os told in a back and forth in time way really appeals. It does break the pace every now and again, but not in a destructive way.
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I felt certain parts could be explained better, perhaps creating a bit more excitement rather than a sort of factual telling. Who knows tho.... maybe the author has done that deliberately? Still a very good read....and now onto the second book :
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bit of a hard read in some places but well worth persevering with and reading the whole triology
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