The Vagrant by Peter Newman
Published by Harper Voyager
First of all allow me to give you the blurb from the Rear Cover:
“FOR MORE THAN a thousand years the crack in the ground known as the Breach has been watched.
It was prophesied that the Breach would one day open, spilling terror. But as the centuries passed and that day did not come mankind has lowered its guard.
And so the first invaders to float up from the depths end a sleepy thousand-year watch with screams and blood.
When finally an army arrives at the Breach, the enemy are waiting…”
And now the blurb from the Inside Jacket Cover (I’ve copied the different text colours used on the book for greater effect):
“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 leaders, 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.”
The above text from the cover of this book is what first sold me on this novel, Call me crazy – but that just screamed “Read Me”!
But, first things first. I’m still new to this blogging/book review thingy, and I’m still learning as I go along. With this particular review I’ve tried something a little different and I’ve been drafting it as I read the book. Kind of a read-along,
The Vagrant is set in a bleak and dark world. A world that was once like our own but now torn apart by a dark demonic evil. So profound is the damage wrought on this world, long ago the sun has been torn in two and is now a binary – two stars orbiting around a centre-point. (or so it seems?)
The main character of this tale is The Vagrant that the title describes. He doesn’t talk at all, which must have been a serious challenge for the author to stick with throughout the writing process. He communicates with gestures as obvious as hand waves or subtle as an arched eye-brow. His interactions with other characters and entities are very one-sided.
The writing itself is very interesting. There are very few chapters that last for more than a few pages, the content of each being short and succinct. There are no pages long descriptions of meals eaten or clothing worn here! The author has managed to fuel the imagination with just enough fuel for the reader to burn through the scenes and action therein.
The Vagrant is a fast paced adventure that feels like one long chase sequence in a movie. A chase sequence with a goat.
Start reading this to meet The Vagrant. Stay for the goat!
This is a hugely absorbing debut novel, judge this book by its cover. The cover is as awesome as the story – You should read it!