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Following Peter Newman s brilliant debut, THE VAGRANT This is the much anticipated sequel, THE MALICEIn the south, the Breach stirsGamma s sword, the Malice, wakes, calling to be taken to battle onceBut the Vagrant has found a home now, made a life and so he turns his back, ignoring its callThe sword cries out, frustrated, until another answersHer name is Vesper


10 thoughts on “The Malice

  1. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    This is an awesome mash up of fantasy, science fiction and postapocalyptic fiction It builds on the first book, establishing a world that is farcomplex and morally grey And, in all honesty, I wish I d read it sooner I first read The Vagrant back in 2015 and was mesmerised by the use of a protagonist that never utters a word Such a thing didn t seem possible, but Newman pulled it off somehow In doing so, he clearly established how sharp a writer he is So I was surprised to see the V This is an awesome mash up of fantasy, science fiction and postapocalyptic fiction It builds on the first book, establishing a world that is farcomplex and morally grey And, in all honesty, I wish I d read it sooner I first read The Vagrant back in 2015 and was mesmerised by the use of a protagonist that never utters a word Such a thing didn t seem possible, but Newman pulled it off somehow In doing so, he clearly established how sharp a writer he is So I was surprised to see the Vagrant pushed to the background, and Vesper, his daughter, become the bearer of Gamma s sword known only to her enemies as The Malice That much so, I didn t read this book until two years after I originally bought it It s always risky changing a protagonist It s a bold move, and a completely necessary one to push this story forward though it may not seem that way in the beginning Vesper is thrust into a situation she is completely unprepared for in order to protect her father She doesn t want him to carry the burden of the sword any longer, so she steals it and quickly finds herself in charge of a small army heading towards the frontlines Her mission is to close the breach, a gaping hole in the earth that allows Infernals shapeless nightmares seeking a body to inhabit to pour forth and taint the land She has no idea what she s doing She is not ready for it And she fucks up, big time She spends the rest of the book running for her life from some terribly dangerous foes not realising how potent the weapon she carries sheathed on her back is And the anticipation building up to the point where she actually drew it was incredible Readers of The Vagrant will remember how powerful it is and exactly what it can do to Infernals But Vesper is reluctant to kill, and such reluctance makes her a farinteresting character than her silent father I loved the journey she went on, she is experiencing this world for the first time and it changes her in surprising ways She learns that there isto her enemy, that they are not entirely evil despite how horrific they may appear to the eye And they are truly horrific The monsters are that grotesque and twisted, that it becomes very hard to actually visualise them in their contortedness Newman does wonders though with his vivid prose to conjure up the unimaginable Their master is dead and now the Infernals seek purpose in a world alien to them They no longer inherently possess a desire to conquer and kill, but instead seek their own directions whether good, bad or plain weird Vesper makes her own judgments based upon the things she sees, not the horror stories told to her A such I found myself quite invested in her character Told alongside the story is the history of the breach and the build up to it And this made the novel so muchcompelling There are often big gaps in postapocalyptic fantasy, so it s great to see Newman build so strongly on the foundations and clearly define everything that has caused this big mess of a situation It s not a simple case of light verses dark, knights verses demons any The world that deals with the aftermath of such a conflict could not be quite as linear and simple It s such a clever idea, the story flowed out of it I never read fantasy books in the same series in succession, though right now, as I finish writing this review, I find myself looking at my copy of The Seven, ready, eager and hungry for the rest of this fantastic story.The Vagrant Trilogy1 The Vagrant A very cool 4 stars2 The Malice An awesome 4.5 stars3 The Seven A fantastic 4.5 stars_________________________________You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree.__________________________________


  2. Bradley Bradley says:

    I don t know what it was about this book, but it really hit all the right spots for me What really blew me away the most was the absolutely gorgeous and disturbing descriptions of hoards of demons both friendly, neutral, and evil that roam the world Truly mind blowing This is an epic fantasy without hoards of heroes This is a quest novel featuring a girl, her baby goat, and a couple of broken knights that guard her and the one sword that is anathema to all demons Whereas the first novel wit I don t know what it was about this book, but it really hit all the right spots for me What really blew me away the most was the absolutely gorgeous and disturbing descriptions of hoards of demons both friendly, neutral, and evil that roam the world Truly mind blowing This is an epic fantasy without hoards of heroes This is a quest novel featuring a girl, her baby goat, and a couple of broken knights that guard her and the one sword that is anathema to all demons Whereas the first novel with the Vagrant had an interesting who is this guy vibe, we know exactly who the baby grows up to be, and this is her journey And what a journey.I think I liked this about two timesthan the first Maybe the author is hitting his stride and maybe I ve just fallen completely under his spell, but everything about this novel speaks to me of quality, from nearly lyrical and fabulous phrases that crystallize the horrors all around them to the depths of the characters troubles to the reveals about the real history of the sword.I loved the history something fierce It s totally hard SF and it s truly fascinating to try to piece together how that world became this demon infested wasteland of the present.You know what this reminds me of The best end scenes in all of the epic fantasies going up against horrid hoards and devilish demons, but rather than setting it up for a final climax, we get all that delicious goodness throughout the book, like a lot of icing in a LOT of layers in a cake Yummy And the fact that the real climax is one of PEACE is just as deliciously jarring and delightful, like spears of light and life through the darkest pits of hell This is really good stuff and I was reminded heavily of Jemisin s The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate for the feel and the hints and the need to piece together a truly awesome world


  3. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars The Vagrant was a revelation in 2015 Peter Newman perfectly blending fantasy, sci fi, and post apocalyptic themes into a page turning affair The advanced technology and sky ships, guns and sentient swords, demons and god like beings, knights and goats thrilling lovers of this type of speculative fiction All of it told in a lyrical style which caused The Vagrant to bring to mind the ancient myth whispered around the campfires by Homer l Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars The Vagrant was a revelation in 2015 Peter Newman perfectly blending fantasy, sci fi, and post apocalyptic themes into a page turning affair The advanced technology and sky ships, guns and sentient swords, demons and god like beings, knights and goats thrilling lovers of this type of speculative fiction All of it told in a lyrical style which caused The Vagrant to bring to mind the ancient myth whispered around the campfires by Homer like epic poet long ago And when The Malice offered me a chance to return to this awe inspiring place with its ravaged wastelands and pristine Shining City, I knew I was in for a thrilling rideThis tale picks up several years after book one s conclusion The babe, Vesper, has grown to a young woman in the protected lands near the Shining City Her fathers The Vagrant and his partner Harm have settled down to a peaceful and dull existence outside the Shining City, raising food and rearing an ever growing herd of goats, spawned by The Goat herself who practically stole the spotlight in book one But now the Malice, Gamma s sword, is stirring again Its constant demands to be picked back up and wielded against the demonic hordes ignored by the Vagrant, who puts it away, hoping its eye will close and never open again.But the Malice will not be denied its clash with its eternal enemies When the Vagrant ignores it, another is found to take his place young Vesper, who takes the sword, beginning a journey which takes her back to the Breach itself Her path taking her to places her father once visited, encountering people he once met, and dealing with evil he knew and even greater evil which he did not.That is not all that is going on here though Much like The Vagrant, Peter Newman has a separate story from the past taking palace alongside the main one in the present This time it is flashbacks to a period a thousand years in the past Readers introduced to a world before the creation of the Empire of the Winged Eye The main character there embarking on her own journey of discovery, much like Vesper, but one which will take her to a far different place with much different results some good and some bad.Any betting man would have wagered I would have fallen in love with The Malice I mean, not only did I love book one, but all the elements I adored there were back with a vengeance for this second installment of the series However, though I really enjoyed and had lots of fun revisiting this amazing post apocalyptic world, I did not like it quite as well as I did The Vagrant A few things just kept me from losing myself in its embrace.First, we have a whole new cast of characters The Vagrant and Harm do make brief guest appearances at the beginning and the end of the tale, but this is Vesper s show to carry or drop, and she has big shoes to fill here, for the Vagrant is an amazing character, one which comes around only every so often his muteness, his expressiveness, and his tortured dignity causing him to be on par with other great post apocalyptic characters such as Stephen King s Roland Deschain in my eyes And as this tale starts, Vesper just cannot compete at all with him Her teenage angst, child like naivete, insuppressible enthusiasm, and mind numbing decisions making it difficult to tolerate her, much less love her Yes, she does eventually get better the situations she encounters maturing her, helping her gain better insight so as to make hard decisions all of it combining to transform her into an okay character, but she is not great like the Vagrant, which causes another problem.For me, the Vagrant and his personal reactions to the world is what brought book one to life How Mr Newman was able to do such through only the Vagrant s expressions, hand signals, and one way conversations with those he encountered is still a complete mystery to me, but that is what happened And our protagonist s interactions in the stark, monotone wastelands with its unique survivors and horrific demons was what caused them to stand out, not blend together But here Vesper does not have the strength of character to accomplish the same thing, and so places and things which shined brightly under the Vagrant s steady glare fade under her less compelling observations.Unfortunately, Vesper does not even have compelling co stars to come to her aid as things begin to unravel Samael, Duet, and the kid a baby Goat are unique, have their own individual personalities and motives, but they are not comparable to the cast which surrounded the Vagrant especially The Goat herself, whose antics were terribly missed here.Thankfully, two things propped this story up, kept it from deflating under my weight of expectations The first being the demonic cast of characters We have several returning faces from book one, but they are joined by other infernals like The Yearning, Gutterface, The Backwards Child and Hangnail Each of them, their alien thoughts, and the strange dance they do with one another as well as the Malice and Vesper is an organic and interesting progression from where things were during book one The second and, for me, probably the most important was the secondary plot line interspersed throughout the narrative, skipping back into time and showing the origins of the Empire of the Winged Eye and its amazing knights Honestly, I could have read evenabout that than I did.To sum it all up, The Malice is a fast paced story which gives fans a return trip to Mr Newman s shiny post apocalyptic world New people are met insidious demons arise a singing sword awakens and a quest is begun, even while the history of the world begins to take shape before our reading eyes No, Vesper isn t quite as dynamic a protagonist as the Vagrant, and only her limitations kept this book from standing outto me, which is why I can t rate it quite as high as its predecessor Even with that being said, this is still a very strong installment from Peter Newman, giving fans hope that this is a series with the legs to last for quite some time.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review I d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone


  4. Emma Emma says:

    This has the same amazing weird and wonderful world that was just as fascinating this time round as the first This sequel was still good but not as good as The Vagrant I love the author s spare writing style but Vesper is not the intriguing and iconic figure that the Vagrant is The baby goat steals the show.


  5. Mili Mili says:

    Deff not a bad sequel, but it didnt captivate me enough Vesper as the headcharacter in this book was an epic idea but it didnt deliver Loved the Kid though xD and Duet I guess I wasinterested in the other characters The beginning started off strong, the rest was just the story developing for book 3 Or so I hope and will find out soon enough


  6. Paige Bookdragon Paige Bookdragon says:

    OH MY GOOOOOOD LOOK AT THE FUCKING GOAT THE GOAT IS BAAAAACK


  7. Scott Hitchcock Scott Hitchcock says:

    Book 1 4.25 Book 2 3 This Sci fi, Dystopian and fantasy blended story was consistent with book one reading like a video game epic quest with heroes, villains, demons, twists and different eccentric characters that don t fit the stereotypes The second half of this book was much better but it still wasn t nearly as good as the first book Some of the quirky things about the world and the characters weren t as fresh this time around and the story arc seemed to take forever to get some traction Book 1 4.25 Book 2 3 This Sci fi, Dystopian and fantasy blended story was consistent with book one reading like a video game epic quest with heroes, villains, demons, twists and different eccentric characters that don t fit the stereotypes The second half of this book was much better but it still wasn t nearly as good as the first book Some of the quirky things about the world and the characters weren t as fresh this time around and the story arc seemed to take forever to get some traction That said I did enjoy it overall and the ending does give me hope that the final book will finish off the series well


  8. Wayne Wayne says:

    4 starsThe vagrant was the first in this series and worked brilliantly because it was so unusual.This suffers a little from following on from that but overall it still works.The world building is good but is very similar to the first There aren t really any new or interesting places although some of the changes from the first are detailed well.The characters are ok but not as good on the first I won t give anything away here but they do develop quite well over time and grow on you.The plot is 4 starsThe vagrant was the first in this series and worked brilliantly because it was so unusual.This suffers a little from following on from that but overall it still works.The world building is good but is very similar to the first There aren t really any new or interesting places although some of the changes from the first are detailed well.The characters are ok but not as good on the first I won t give anything away here but they do develop quite well over time and grow on you.The plot is strong and quite varied to the first It s a bit slower but that adds to the build up to the ending There s some flashback scenes that work really well too and explain a lot of what s gone on in these two books.Overall well worth reading for those who read the first and if you haven t but like your fantasy books unusual and very descriptive give it a go Highly Recommended


  9. Marielle Marielle says:

    Although I liked The Vagrant better than Vesper, I still enjoyed this book very much Interesting new characters and surprising turning of events.


  10. Darren Hagan Darren Hagan says:

    A great sequel Loved it from the first chapter If there isn t a goat with an amazing personality in the final book, I may rate it 1 star regardless of the rest of the book