The Vagrant | Peter Newman | Review

“When everything’s going alright, best thing you can do is sit back and enjoy it till things turn to shit, which they surely will.’ Silence”





The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape, carrying nothing but a kit-bag, a legendary sword and a baby. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the sword, the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war. But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.


This book is totally out of my comfort zone and I have such mixed views about it. I didn’t love it, but I definitely didn’t hate, I did enjoy my time reading The Vagrant.

It took me a long time getting into this book, and I found myself really struggling to understand what was going on for a good proportion of the book. Just when I thought I understood what was going on, something else happened which gave me a wave of confusion all over again. I did get slightly used to it by the end but I still have so many unanswered questions, they were probably all in the book but it confused me.

The writing style was good, but it took a lot of getting used to. You had to really concentrate so you didn’t lose the part of the story that it was on. The author has a habit of moving to different scenes within a chapter with very little warning. Therefore if your attention span lacks slightly you could find that you are somewhere completely different to where you think you are. Occasionally I had to go back a couple of pages in order to establish exactly what was going on.

I loved the characters in this book, I built up such a connection with the Vagrant, Vesper, Harm and the goat. I loved them as a team and found myself routing for them throughout the book. I really like the idea of the Vagrant being mute, it really does add to the mystery of this book. I found myself wanting to know more and more about him. Even now I know a small bit of his background I still want more. I really like him, and my connection with him makes me want to continue with this series.

I think my enjoyment will come with continuing with the series now I have a bit more knowledge of the world, the characters and the authors writing style. I am looking forward to continuing with the next book to find out what happens next.

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