Guest Review: The Vagrant by Peter Newman. Reviewed by David Walters.

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Today’s Guest review is by David Walters. He will be reviewing the book  The Vagrant by Peter NewmanThanks David, we look forward to more of your reviews!

The Vagrant

by Peter Newman


So go get your copy!



The Vagrant by Peter Newman

Reviewed by David Walters

I felt like I didn’t do this book justice the first time around so I decided to give it another read.

I am so glad that I did.

Newman’s writing style is unlike anything you have probably seen. It is sharp, fast-paced, and descriptive but not too wordy. But don’t let that fool you. The writing is great and fits perfectly with the overall story.

It’s not very often that the main character of a story is a mute. Not to mention that his co-stars are a baby and an ignorant goat. With the cast of characters he comes across, his non-speaking becomes an outlier and is replaced with a brilliant storyline. Or should I say ‘storylines’. Not only do we have the present timeline, where we follow the protagonist across a vast, post-apocalyptic landscape, but we are sent 8 years into the past to see how we got to this point. How a breach in the landscape has given birth to these demonic/alienlike creatures, bent on corrupting and warping everything in their path.

From start to finish, The Vagrant never slows down. You will enjoy living in Newman’s world and will be craving for more once you hit the last page. Good news is, book 2 comes out soon!

5/5 Stars

About the reviewer:

David Walters is an avid reader of just about anything (except romance and James Patterson), among all of his other jobs and hobbies. He currently is a real estate agent in Birmingham, AL and when he isn’t showing houses, his nose is either in a book or leaving oil on his Kindle. He began connecting with authors through Facebook a few years ago and became a semi-professional editor and professional reviewer in the process. If there are any books you are interested in him reading and reviewing, shoot him an e-mail at

About the book:


The Vagrant

by Peter Newman

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 10, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008163308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008163303


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.



★★★★★ ‘For fans of classic science-fiction literature, this is a must-read.’ – SciFi Now

★★★★ ‘Come visit this brilliantly imaginative land of winged swords and broken solar cells.’ – SFX

‘The Vagrant is a joy to read: an original and engrossing world, a strong story and a protagonist who is intensely charismatic despite – or because of – his silence. Newman’s debut is written with confidence, flair and imagination, bringing his dark world to marvellously macabre life’
-Adrian Tchaikovsky, Author of Shadows of the Apt series

‘A stunning and ambitious debut novel set in a unique and imaginative world where the only hope rests on the capacity of human beings to love’ -Melinda M. Snodgrass



About the author:

Peter Newman lives in Somerset with his wife and son. Growing up in and around London, Peter studied Drama and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to work as a secondary school drama teacher. He now works as a trainer and Firewalking Instructor. He sometimes pretends to be a butler for the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes, and which has been shortlisted for a Hugo Award.


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