Series: The Vagrant #2
Published by Harper Voyager on May 19th 2016
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In the south, the Breach stirs.
Gamma’s sword, the Malice, wakes, calling to be taken to battle once more.
But the Vagrant has found a home now, made a life and so he turns his back, ignoring its call.
The sword cries out, frustrated, until another answers.
Her name is Vesper.
Peter Newman’s The Malice combines a grim and despairing fantasy world with a story of human compassion and loyalty. I loved the first book in this series, The Vagrant, and I couldn’t wait to get back into the story. I’m happy to report that this second instalment was just as excellent, if not better, than the first.
In the south, the Breach stirs. The Usurper has been overthrown, his Infernal minions scattered, but a new threat is emerging: The Yearning. Only the winged sword, The Malice, can defeat it, but its bearer is settled with his family and his goats, no longer wishing to take up the cause. Instead, the sword calls to another in the house – the Vagrant’s young daughter, Vesper.
Several years have passed since the end of The Vagrant. The old Seraph Knight and his little family have settled outside the Shining City, and Vesper is in her early teens when she heads off on her mission, accompanied only by the Malice, and a baby goat. The kid follows Vesper through thick and thin and provides plenty of comic relief, just as its mother did in the first book, but this is a whole new story with new characters, trials and threats.
The language used to tell this story is lyrical, painting a harsh and vivid landscape. Once again, I was fascinated by the concepts in this world, such as the Harmonised, the sky ships, the stitched together infernals, the living artworks… I’m not going to try to explain them, you’ll just have to read the books to find out more. It’s a heartbreaking story at times, but Vesper’s determination to see her mission though pushes the tale along.
While this book is a complete story in itself, there is more story to tell if Peter Newman wants to. And oh, I hope he does.
Read this series to experience a dark, but beautiful fantasy world, where love can triumph in the darkest of times.