[ Prime ] VagantAuthor Peter Newman – Z55z.co

Ein einsamer Wanderer Ein Schwert Ein KindIn einer postapokalyptischen Fantasy Welt macht sich der namenlose Vagant mit einem S ugling im Arm auf die Reise Sein Ziel die letzte Zuflucht der Menschheit Dorthin soll er ein m chtiges Schwert bringen Die einzige Waffe, die den d monische Ursupator vernichten kannF r aber nicht ausschlie lich Fans von Joe Abercrombie und Mark Lawrence ein Muss


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  1. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    I really enjoyed this book loved may not be too strong a word Best thing I ve read in quite a while.It s an original tale Every review will mention that it focuses on a man our vagrant who doesn t speak, and his co stars are a baby and a goat More importantly, the man s non speaking is backed up by a text that spends no significant amount of time in his head so he remains an enigma, illuminated only through his interactions A second story thread begins eight years earlier and procee I really enjoyed this book loved may not be too strong a word Best thing I ve read in quite a while.It s an original tale Every review will mention that it focuses on a man our vagrant who doesn t speak, and his co stars are a baby and a goat More importantly, the man s non speaking is backed up by a text that spends no significant amount of time in his head so he remains an enigma, illuminated only through his interactions A second story thread begins eight years earlier and proceeds to explain the parlous state of the world we re dropping into This past thread advances by leaps and bounds, revealing the Vagrant s backstory and seeking to wed it to the present action It s cleverly done and works well.I should mention the writing It s very good Sharp, efficient, full of observation and pleasing turns of phrase None of it wordy or over wrought The writing doesn t try to milk emotion from you just shows you what s what and leaves the reaction to you.The world is new weird demonic types have entered the world through a breach and proceed to warp, corrupt, co opt, and take over We have all manner of monstrous constructs and most people are warped to some degree.The goat provides a welcome edge of comedy, as does the baby Newman clearly knows a lot about babies I suspect him to have been a new father at the time of writing Although the demons do terrible things they re so alien that they don t fill the role of baddie in quite the same way that a person doing terrible things or seeking to end our heroes would They compensate that lack of someone to really blame hate by being diverse and interesting, focused on their internal fights as much as they are on taking over the new world they ve entered.I found the story intriguing and the writing s voice a fresh and compelling one.For me The Vagrant started strong, and kept strong Endings are hard and I wouldn t call it the perfect ending It s difficult to avoid anticlimax at the end of any tale and it wasn t wholly avoided here, but there was a lot to like And it left plenty hanging for a sequel.Looking at my friends reviews and the general rating I see the book has got a good reception but not the acclaim I would have expected I guess this might be because the lack of a human head to watch events unfold from doesn t allow us to bond with a hero and their goals in quite the same way we might intraditional tales Possibly the weirdness is too much for some readers And some may seek tighter plotting rather than a sprawling journey punctuated by random encounters But I really liked the journey, seeing it as canvas onto which the characters and world could be projected I enjoyed the slow reveal of backstory and agendas.All in all, very good Something fresh and new Give it a try It s also worth noting that this is a swift read, a book of modest length at 90,000 words, which makes a nice change after Big Fat Fantasies over topping 200,000 words Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes


  2. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    This is a very unique book because the protagonist, quite literally, never utters a word I didn t think this would work as a novel and I feared that it would come across as a little silly It did, however, work tremendously, and the result was a protagonist who was somewhat of an enigma His thoughts are impenetrable and his motives are not entirely clear If the plot doesn t provide you with reason to read this, then discovery what drives this mysterious figure certainly will One bad ass pro This is a very unique book because the protagonist, quite literally, never utters a word I didn t think this would work as a novel and I feared that it would come across as a little silly It did, however, work tremendously, and the result was a protagonist who was somewhat of an enigma His thoughts are impenetrable and his motives are not entirely clear If the plot doesn t provide you with reason to read this, then discovery what drives this mysterious figure certainly will One bad ass protagonist He is a daemon slaying, sword wielding, mute So, he is somewhat cool He is wondering the ruins of a destroyed world with a baby tucked under his arm and a goat on a leash He has become the baby s protector and his taking her up North for safety It isn t revealed till the end why he is taking her there or what he expects to do there That s the only problem with a protagonist who doesn t speak he leaves you with an excruciating eagerness to read the book quickly to discover exactly who he is and exactly what he is doing However, despite not being able to communicate verbally his character does begin to reveal itself He is a good man, and essentially a hero, but only up to a point His first priority is to the baby, and his second belongs to the goat that provides the babe with milk he also has a sword that is shrouded in as much mystery as the baby He is being tracked by legions of enemies and eventually the reader will begin to question is it the sword they want or the baby For me, this really drove the story forward Video game parallels This reminded me of a cross between the Fallout universe and the Dragon Age universe We have a futuristic world in which the inhabitants struggle to survive amongst the rubble, so similar to Fallout We have evil monsters that come out of the ground that infect humans and use them to fuel their armies, so similar to Dragon Age There is a lone wonderer style protagonist who is being played by hordes of enemies that are controlled by one super enemy that fuels the hoard, so a little bit of both I m not sure if the author purposely drew on these aspects, but either way it is a combination that works really well and is just quite cool Overall, this is a really different, yet really great, novel I only have one criticism of the novel and that was the author killing of a certain character I m not a sentimentalist and I understand that sometimes characters do have to die, but I felt that the reasoning behind this was weak It could have quite easily been done with a random character rather than one that I thought had a little bit of potential to do some good in this bleak world It did knock my rating down by half a star However, despite this criticism I did enjoy the book overall and I do recommend it to those that have a particular liking to the video games I mentioned The Vagrant Trilogy1 The Vagrant A very cool 4 stars2 The Malice An awesome 4.5 stars 3 The Seven Review to come Blog Twitter Facebook Insta Academia


  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    4.5 Stars Read with my peeps at The MacHalo Asylum for Mischief and Mayhem Right out of the gates in Chapter One I m not saying what he has under his coat It watches him with mismatched eyes One canine, black in the poor light, unreadable, but the other a human one it flickers in recognition Somewhere outside the city a Handler watches, viewing the wanderer through their swapped orbs A bad ass mute, a baby and a goat walk into a bar I know That was corny but I had to I loved the 4.5 Stars Read with my peeps at The MacHalo Asylum for Mischief and Mayhem Right out of the gates in Chapter One I m not saying what he has under his coat It watches him with mismatched eyes One canine, black in the poor light, unreadable, but the other a human one it flickers in recognition Somewhere outside the city a Handler watches, viewing the wanderer through their swapped orbs A bad ass mute, a baby and a goat walk into a bar I know That was corny but I had to I loved the hell outta this book When I first started it I wasn t too sure, but I was very intrigued And so with that continuation, I found some beloved characters Vagrant, Vesper, Harm, The Hammer and goat and a great story Of course, some of my characters die I loved them all as I ve said, but the goat and The Hammer big ole female giant person thing had a real special place in my heart Also, the humor in the book is awesome too I m looking forward to the next books in the series I m going to leave this with some excerpts It is a short and brutal journey The two men manage to climb with grunting ease, passing between them the baby, who contemplates sky and suns and other unknowable things They pull up the goat with a rope She sways slowly, comments rarely, dark eyes seething, planning revenge From the tower, the Hammer emerges into the red and gold dawn She is wearing her armour again She has changed it, fixing the plates to each other rather than her flesh At her side trots the goat, a bunch of yellow stalks spiking from each side of her mouth, whisker like And what about this other feller, the quiet one Best not to ask Well if you ain t the weirdest bunch I ever saw, then call me scav bait Your friend is welcome to his mystery but I got to call him something, so if you won t give me a name, I ll give him one What s it to be, Harm You go ahead Deke settles into the cockpit, chattering while the others clamber onto the wings I think I m gonna go with Scout After m dog The Vagrant shakes his head as laughter bursts from Harm Vesper soon follows his lead Even the goat enjoys a quiet snigger YourDog By the time the goat catches up, a space yawns between First Circle and escape The goat s eyes narrow She doesn t slow down, glare fixed on her target Hooves kick on pasteel, then air, as she sails over water, a meteor, malevolent Vesper points, delighted G Her shadow falls across the Vagrant who turns, too slow to escape fate oat Happy Reading Mel BLOG


  4. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    A sword wielding mute, a baby, and a goat cross a post apocalyptic landscape, heading for the Shining City But will they reach their destination before the demonic horde on their trail overtakes them After reading about this book on Chuck Wendig s blog, I couldn t wait to dig in However, at the time, Harper Voyager wanted 20 for the e book Since everyone knows that s horseshit, I held off until I found a new hardcover and I m quite pleased with my treeware purchase.The story of the last of t A sword wielding mute, a baby, and a goat cross a post apocalyptic landscape, heading for the Shining City But will they reach their destination before the demonic horde on their trail overtakes them After reading about this book on Chuck Wendig s blog, I couldn t wait to dig in However, at the time, Harper Voyager wanted 20 for the e book Since everyone knows that s horseshit, I held off until I found a new hardcover and I m quite pleased with my treeware purchase.The story of the last of the Seraph Knights is quite good, though on the surface doesn t look all that original At first glance, it reminded me of Jay Posey s Three and Peter Brett s The Warded Man, with heavy doses of The Gunslinger However, The Vagrant kicked my ass.The way the story unfolds is masterful You don t notice how much of the text in a lot of novels is dialogue until you come across a book where the three lead characters don t speak As a result, it seemed like I wasn t making any progress in the book a lot of the time The reading experience was a rewarding one, though Peter Newman s writing was superb and having to infer the Vagrant s nature and motives from his actions elevated the reading experience quite a bit I never thought I d get this attached to a nameless baby and a goat The worldbuilding was interesting, mostly through the dialogue of the characters around the Vagrant and his gang There were some infodumps in the form of flashbacks but they were easily digestible I don t really have anything bad to say about this book It s adifficult read than most fantasy books out there but it s alsorewarding Four out of five stars


  5. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars The Vagrant The title itself is intriguing, begging the question how a fantasy story could revolve around such a person But then you begin to read the book, and it all becomes so clear that Peter Newman is channeling equal parts Stephen King s The Gunslinger, Peter Ward s The Warded Man, and McCormac s The Road, as The Vagrant mixes the extraordinary elements of each of those books, creating something spectacularly addictive, which not Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars The Vagrant The title itself is intriguing, begging the question how a fantasy story could revolve around such a person But then you begin to read the book, and it all becomes so clear that Peter Newman is channeling equal parts Stephen King s The Gunslinger, Peter Ward s The Warded Man, and McCormac s The Road, as The Vagrant mixes the extraordinary elements of each of those books, creating something spectacularly addictive, which not only defies expectations but ignores all presumptions, as it knocks you right on your proverbial ass and drags you to a place you ve never experienced quite this way before.As the tale begins, the protagonist walks out of the shimmering heat of the desolate landscape This mysterious mute a sword wielding knight of some kind, who is on a quest with a baby and a goat in tow The three of them traveling across a post apocalyptic landscape toward the Shining City Their every step forward dogged by demonic pursuers who have conquered and blighted this once peaceful and beautiful land The world s dirty carcass infested with the warped remnants of humanity and the slowly deteriorating technology of the time before the demons The different factions of a huge, demonic host introduced, shown in all their grotesque splendor, their infighting described, and their warping of mankind explored The ongoing journey of the Vagrant tense and revealing of his true nature Continual interludes dubbed Eight Years Before filling in the background on how the demon infestation began, who the Vagrant really is, why he is carrying a baby along, and where they are determined to go.While this description of the novel might remind many people of other post apocalyptic novels from the past, what sets The Vagrant apart is Mr Newman s storytelling style It is jarring at times, dark and depressing, sad yet joyful, simple but multifarious as well as demanding due to its protagonist, as a reader must search the non verbal communication of this mute knight to determine his emotions, motives, and innate nature The lack of dialogue turning from an annoyance at the beginning of the story to a masterful stroke by the end Mr Newman able to convey the deepest of sentiments and invoke the strongest of responses with a simplicity of words The slightest expressions on our knight s face sayingthan ten pages of internal monologue ever could.As for the worldbuilding, it is an integral and irreplaceable part of the story Mr Newman dropping a reader into the midst of an eerie and unnatural world, then gradually revealing it not a new idea but very effectively done Each tidbit of information growing upon the other until a complex world begins to take shape The search for answers to the how and why of this place nearly as compelling as the Vagrant s journey The demonic forces pursuing his small band evenominous due to the lack of understanding of exactly why they are after our hero And the author s slow revelations of all the answers or, at least, most of them mesmerizing in its gradual unveiling.While I usually have to weed down my criticisms about a book to a manageable number Yeah, I m a hater like that, I suppose , the only one I really had with The Vagrant was the repetitive nature of some parts of his journey Naturally, he is moving through a desolate, formidable landscape, which doesn t transform too much from encounter to encounter, but several of his interactions with the demonic forces and with the dredges of humanity felt the same Definitely, different events were transpiring, but they were so reminiscent in tone and scope to previous scenes that I felt like I was having d j vu Thankfully, though, this problem did not persist the entire narrative, resolving itself as our hero s journey proceeded into new locales with unique challenges and fresh faces.Reading The Vagrant was one of therewarding reading experiences I ve had lately It is a dark, unique, brooding at times tale, which still finds a way to incorporate immense beauty both spiritually and physically into its narrative Sure, it was difficult to read, forcing me to keep my attention focused on the briefest of details in order to understand the goings on of its silent hero, but that made the emotions it evoked deeper andheartfelt And, by the end, I found I was cheering for this quiet knight, a baby, a goat, and whatever castoff the Vagrant had picked up now to find some safety and sanity in a world gone mad Highly recommended I received this novel 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


  6. Ivan Ivan says:

    The Vagrant was delightful read.Not perfect but so fresh and unique that it s easy to overlook any potential flaws.Lets start with the cast.We have mute protagonist, baby and the goat Not a talkative bunch but that doesn t stop them from being well developed, even the goat especially the goat.We don t get to see what s going on inside Vagrant s mind, we only get insight into his thoughts based on his reactions and actions.Later odd fellowship is joined by other characters, most episodic and o The Vagrant was delightful read.Not perfect but so fresh and unique that it s easy to overlook any potential flaws.Lets start with the cast.We have mute protagonist, baby and the goat Not a talkative bunch but that doesn t stop them from being well developed, even the goat especially the goat.We don t get to see what s going on inside Vagrant s mind, we only get insight into his thoughts based on his reactions and actions.Later odd fellowship is joined by other characters, most episodic and onepermanent but all colorful and intriguing with one of the best side characters ever.Story takes place in world that is combination of grimdark fantasy and post apocalyptic sci fi with a dash of pathoscommon in heroic fantasy Science fantasy isn t new genre but it s definitively not common In this world evil has won and humanity lost and it s getting overrun by demons.That sounds like Brett s Demon cycle but here they are not just faceless evil.Yes Demon bad but it s not that simple We actually get to experience story from PoV of several demons and see into their minds.They are alien to us but there have their hopes, fears and strivings within their own distinctive personalities and their own turmoil within the faction Some of them even become likable.Technological level of world itself is hard to guess, partially because humanity went to shambles but mostly because author is obscure with details of world itself.We only get few indications here and there.Speaking of obscure, we don t get much detail of character s or looks either.We get few details but rest if left to imagination.I am great fan of that approach ever since I read Kingkiller chronicles I don t like detailed character descriptions, instead I like approach where character description should only contain few distinctive details So while Newman has strange writing style it is definitively one that suits my taste.Flaws mentioned above Well second half of the book isn t as good, pace slows down and end is bit anticlimactic but it doesn t ruin my overall impression


  7. Petros Triantafyllou Petros Triantafyllou says:

    The Vagrant is an interesting format, and not one that you see very often, but very well executed, with multi leveled characters exciting action set pieces The writing is solid, well crafted, and in no rush In an alien infected, post apocalyptic world, a mute soldier is called to protect an ancient and powerful sword, and return it to it s rightful owners But, unable to speak, and with no company but a baby and a goat, will he manage to successfully finish his task, or humanity is doomed to The Vagrant is an interesting format, and not one that you see very often, but very well executed, with multi leveled characters exciting action set pieces The writing is solid, well crafted, and in no rush In an alien infected, post apocalyptic world, a mute soldier is called to protect an ancient and powerful sword, and return it to it s rightful owners But, unable to speak, and with no company but a baby and a goat, will he manage to successfully finish his task, or humanity is doomed to perishSeeing the fate of its peers, the last of the great shapes moves quickly, the world already clawing at its edges Unable to find a suitable shell, it weaves a cloak of corpses about itself Skulls, feet and ribs marry uneasily Withing the necrotic ball, the Uncivil is birthed Newman has a special talent in reinforcing the axiom that nobody is safe in his books at the most inappropriate of times, using though a technique of simulating the appearance of danger without actually jeopardizing his well structured plot The post apocalyptic, alien infected world brings a serious and grim tone, while in the flashbacks we get to read the truth behind the invasion, and make the connections of how the world spiraled from post apocalyptic to fantastic alien infected All in all, The Vagrant is a weird but amazing read,and I wholeheartedly recommend it to all new age fantasy readers out there.You can findof my reviews over at


  8. seak seak says:

    I actually accepted a copy of The Vagrant from the publisher knowing just about nothing about the book The synopsis coupled with an intriguing, if somewhat cliche, cover but wait, a baby sold me alone This doesn t happen all the time and usually when this is all that sells me on a book, I end up about as disappointed as you can get That s why I scour blogs and Goodreads so regularly I can t trust my gut reaction on these thingsnormally.The Vagrant is a hard book to nail down It invo I actually accepted a copy of The Vagrant from the publisher knowing just about nothing about the book The synopsis coupled with an intriguing, if somewhat cliche, cover but wait, a baby sold me alone This doesn t happen all the time and usually when this is all that sells me on a book, I end up about as disappointed as you can get That s why I scour blogs and Goodreads so regularly I can t trust my gut reaction on these thingsnormally.The Vagrant is a hard book to nail down It involves a mysterious man, the Vagrant, who can t speak and who s on some kind of pilgrimage with a baby in tow as well as a goat he picks up He carries a huge, mythical sword and it seems like he s trying to save the world or some such thing.Right away, you re thinking, epic fantasy right Well, that s not quite it It obviously also takes place in some type of futuristic landscape because there are neon lights and all kinds of other technologies the reader begins to meet along the way.The closest I can put it is probably Mark Lawrence s Broken Empire series A good mix of fantasy and science fiction and lots of dark, unspeakable doings I think I can firmly put it in grimdark at the very least whatever that means.In a book where the main character can t speak, I m quite impressed at the degree of emotions I felt, almost on par with Janny Wurts, who really gets the feels out of me The Vagrant, as mentioned, is on a quest and many are out to stop him Demons have taken over the land, corrupted the people with a taint, though not all, and submitted humanity to their wills With their own factions vying for power, the demons have different ways of subjugating humanity However, they end up hurting their cause with all the infighting Filled with grotesque monsters, one which has literally built itself out of masses of dead humans, The Vagrant is dark and twisted and make for excellent juxtaposition of the goodness of The Vagrant and those who follow in his wake.The novel itself is broken into chapters with interludes going back to the beginning of the demon infestation, starting with Eight Years Ago and moving up to the present One of the things that threw me for a bit was during these sections, the action would go back to the present without a chapter break in between This only happened a few times and I found myself wondering if it was an accident It s not a huge deal, just an odd thing I wanted to discuss with anyone who s read it.Though dark,likely because of the dark, The Vagrant emphasizes the light The emotions were deep, I was amazed how deeply I felt for this character who can t even speak And then there s the goat, who also can t speak he s not some magic goat, just a run of the mill one which was probably one of my favorite characters in this book.I can t recommend The Vagrant enough It s different than anything else I ve read It s dark and brooding, but filled with so much beauty at the same time Peter Newman is an author to watch 4.5 out of 5 Stars very highly recommended


  9. Bradley Bradley says:

    I wouldn t say this was an endlessly engaging book about a mute, a baby and a goat, but the quality of the writing was such that I was lost in evocation, the magical spell of the text.I was slightly worried that this might have turned into a paint by numbers fantasy with a clever mute with a baby and a goat twist, but no, it actually became a flowing, even lyrical quest of redemption and slow reveals percolating from the past.I mean, demon hoards and intelligent singing swords are pretty awesome I wouldn t say this was an endlessly engaging book about a mute, a baby and a goat, but the quality of the writing was such that I was lost in evocation, the magical spell of the text.I was slightly worried that this might have turned into a paint by numbers fantasy with a clever mute with a baby and a goat twist, but no, it actually became a flowing, even lyrical quest of redemption and slow reveals percolating from the past.I mean, demon hoards and intelligent singing swords are pretty awesome in any text, so I was pretty much all in from that standpoint, but I think it became something special by the necessity of keeping the MC silent From a writing standpoint, I was fascinated All dialogue was carried by incidentals and sidekicks and the demons, strangely enough, and I was pretty well amazed by how much story was carried by the economical prose and the strong imagery.When it comes to plot, it s pretty simple, but that doesn t really matter when the writing is this strong I mean, hello, a knight on a quest of redeeming himself is chased by hoards of demons while occasionally dispatching them with the help of a Great Weapon, picking up hoards of refugees along the way and doing various Good Deeds Of course, a good paladin stuck changing diapers and rescuing a goat is rather odd, especially when he never says a word, but my lord, it s pretty wild to see a novel pull it off, and do it well This one is going in a personal organizational pile of Notable Works, giving me a warm feeling of accomplishment not for having read it, because it was an effortless read, but for the fact that it was written at all, and it was very enjoyable


  10. edge of bubble edge of bubble says:

    I can t say I was in love with this book But, like is such a mild word to describe my affection for it Maybe strong fondness Why does it matter that I find the right word to describe my feelings for it I don t know, it just does.The Vagrant reminded me of Ursula Le Guinn s A Wizard of Earthsea The stories were nothing alike, or the writing But, both are tales of journeys in a fantasy setting Not tales of heroes defeating evil or delivering the world from it s fate, those are just a part o I can t say I was in love with this book But, like is such a mild word to describe my affection for it Maybe strong fondness Why does it matter that I find the right word to describe my feelings for it I don t know, it just does.The Vagrant reminded me of Ursula Le Guinn s A Wizard of Earthsea The stories were nothing alike, or the writing But, both are tales of journeys in a fantasy setting Not tales of heroes defeating evil or delivering the world from it s fate, those are just a part of the setting Expectations stemming from thinking this book is a typical grimdark fantasy sci fi, can result in losing the sight of the peregrination, and being disappointed in the ending.I ve gone into this book without knowing anything about it, except that the hero was mute and there were a baby and goat At first, I was expecting seeing very distinct factions of evil and good As I progressed, I started to realise there were no good people or epitome of evil Kindness and dignity swallowed by weakness and the most basic instinct to live Arrogance and righteousness crushing the insides of honour and sacrifice What are we in the last strains of our rope to life, if not selfish Does that selfishness make us bad What is our hold in goodness Faith in structure That can be forgotten or distorted with enough effort and time Love What happens when we love one personthan any other Vagrant was an unusual hero Not only because he was silent throughout the whole story but also he was neither good nor bad He just tried to be good Sometimes succeed, sometimes failed He acted stupid, he acted indifferent, he was clever, he was the hero.His silence never bothered me and worked to show the author s genius with his words Newman did not tell us things, he showed every feeling and thought, with his unsual and simple yet lyrical prose Descriptions were one of the strongest points of his writing Sometimes very simple, in accord with the feeling of the sentence or what he was describing Sometimes long, but never confusing or suffocating.Another thing that suprised me was that the author killed without flinching But not for the shock factor Every death took the story a little forward All the blood that flowed painted something in his world And it is a majestic world I loved his worldbuilding.Despite of all the grimness of the story, throughout the book, the dominant feeling in me was peace It is a perplexing thing, even counting the soft and amusing moments that lightened the mood.The baby and goat made this storythan a struggle for self control and survival This will be a bit cliche but, they ve added innocence amd simple pleasures Their enjoyement of little things or little rebellions drove the grimness of their reality a little bit harder into me And how amazing beings we can be, living and loving and laughing and mutinous in the face of bleak circumstances.The interactions between the little one and Vagrant was a delicious source of humour One scene in particular is my favourite A stream of bubbles appear on the surface of the water Vesper points at the Vagrant Dada Eyebrows raise, indignant Vesper laughs and laughsThere are a few things that make me don my bitchy glasses immediately, while reading Two of them are, use of present tense and time jumps to tell background story Both of which were used in here And yet, this book withstood my bitchy glasses with dignity, and I have to admit that the author rocked the present tense writing, so I m giving it the full ratings it deserves