4 stars out of 5.
The book blurb:
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.
I read The Vagrant last year and found it to be an enjoyable read, I’ve been lucky enough to be accepted for a review copy of the sequel ‘The Malice’ so thought I would write a short review on the book.
To me, The Vagrant comes across as a mix of both fantasy and sci-fi. It’s set in a apocalyptic wasteland type landscape and follows The title character of the book ‘The Vagrant’ along with Harm (if you class The Vagrant as a knight then harm wouldbe his squire), Vesper (a baby) and a Goat on their journey to reach the Shining City.
The plot is quite linear in that the rag-tag group go from one place to another, trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys but that description really doesn’t do the book justice as while true the story is so much more.
The Vagrant himself is a mute but the author does a great job of getting his feelings across via hand gestures and facial expressions and to me the muteness doesn’t hinder the character in anyway it makes him unique. Harm acts as the voice for the group and the bond between him and The Vagrant is rather good, add in Vesper, who though only a baby makes you smile when she gets page time and the Goat and you get a surprising group who are all well thought out and who you really care for and hope they succeed in their journey.
I have to comment on the Goat, it’s not something I ever thought I’d write but the Goat is awesome!!!
While the book does occasionally have it’s flaws it is a well written, great read with decent pacing, unique characters and good world building and I’m eagerly looking forward to the sequel.