The Vagrant

Cover by Jaime Jones

Cover by Jaime Jones

★★★★★ '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

★★★★★ 'Jaded fantasy readers should take this journey.' – SF Signal





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 leaders, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling to dust.

But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.


You can find an extract here

And here's a few places you can buy it:

Harper Voyager

Forbidden Planet

Goldsboro Books

Book Depository

Amazon (UK)


Google Play


Audiobook available from Audible (Narrated by the excellent Jot Davies)


And here's more reviews and comments:

'The Vagrant is a light in the grimdark.' – Barnes & Noble

'It's a story that grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and refused to let go…' – Fantasy Faction

'Like the keen edge of a Seraph Knight's sword, the writing is razor sharp.' – The Eloquent Page

'The prose is descriptive without being verbose, sparse when it needs to be, and Newman uses commas like Michelangelo used nudity to decorate the Sistine Chapel: frequently, and with aplomb.' – Nicholas Eames

'…a very, very interesting experience – in the best of all possible ways.' – LitStack

'Will hit you right in the gut.' – Medusa Books

'It's like a weird, vivid, surreal dream, put down on paper by a psychotic hermit.' – Rob Boffard

'I loved the book… Go forth and purchase this. You'll need to read it to believe it.' – Geeks of Doom

'Newman’s world building is brave and beautiful, yet eerie and frankly horrifying. It is a futuristic dystopia with a medieval twist.' – The Fantasy Book Collector

'For a book with little dialogue, it's sure telling one hell of a story.' – Rapture in Books

'The Vagrant is sumptuously creepy from head to tentacle.' – A Reading Machine

'A masterclass in showing, not telling.' – Astounding Yarns

'Pete has simultaneously managed to produce a story about an epic, world crushing conflict and kept that story tethered to the smallest, most important parts of it; the people.' – Alasdair Stuart

'I quite honestly adored every single line.' – Chatterverse

'The Vagrant is a genre-straddling, expectation-defying book that represents both an assured and an impressive willingness  (from author and publisher) to take risks.' – Track of Words

'An unexpected delight.' – SF Book Reviews

'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.' – Only the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

'The World building was beyond stunning.' – Between the Blurb

'If Mr Newman keeps up this level of quality then we are witnessing the arrival of a big player on the scene.' – Ebookwyrm

'A memorable debut from a clearly exceptional author.' – Brett Michael Orr

'The Vagrant caters to both those whose like grim and gritty narratives and those who like their books to leave them with hope. That’s a fine line to tread and Newman does it with aplomb.' – A Fantastical Librarian

'An amazing debut, with an amazing future ahead.' – Smash Dragons

'John Woo's Hard Boiled in a post-apocalyptic demon infested world. With added Goat.' – BRSBKBLOG

'Might be the best fantasy debut in 2015.' – Best Fantasy Books

'Does Peter Newman do a good job? Yes, he does. Many times over.' – The Book Plank

'The writing is unobtrusively good.' – T. O. Munro

'It's about what breaks people apart, what binds them together and whether people can change.' – Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

'He wove several threads of redemption and personal evolution and hope into his darker canvas.  With great skill.  Somehow both my inner cynic and my inner optimist were made happy by the words in those pages.  I highly recommend it.' – Desert Sage Natural

'…the Goat is awesome!!!' – The Tattooed Book Geek

'If you are into fantasy you must read this book!' – Dark Faerie Tales

'…a vividly imagined world with well fleshed out characters and artistic prose.' – Ihate00 Critics

And if you prefer listening to a review than reading it, check out this audio review from Book Frivolity!

34 responses to “The Vagrant

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  2. Just finished my Grim Gathering (signed and doodled) copy this morning and now I find myself in the strange situation of eagerly awaiting Peter's next book before this one is released. A fantastic tale well told I wish you the success it rightly deserves.

    • I'm so thrilled you enjoyed the book. And thanks for taking the time to stop by and tell me. It really does mean the world. 😀

  3. 2 more chapters and I'm done. What will I do after? 🙁

    Will this be a series?

  4. Hi
    I'm an RPG designer and would like the possibility of maybe turning the world of the Vagrant in to a Tabletop PnP RPG if thats something you think you could support let me know.

  5. Sir, I was entranced by the cover art and now I'm half way through and can't put the book down. I don't know how you made a mute main character work without using a first person narrative, but my God this book is fantastic.

    • Thanks Ryan. Jaime Jones has done a tremendous job on the cover, I'm really very lucky. Delighted to hear you're enjoying the book and thanks for taking the time to say so, it means a lot when people do that. I hope the second half of the book treats you well.

      • Mr. Newman, I just finished the book and I have to say that was something special. I loved the ending, it was absolutely perfect and now I can't wait for the next book. Are you planning this to be a trilogy or longer?

        • Thanks Ryan! Much appreciated. There will definitely be two books and if I was asked to write a third I have plans for that.

  6. Zoltan Csaszar

    The Vagrant is the sickest, darkest shit i have ever had the pleasure of reading!
    Well done Peter Newman, many more please!

  7. Hey, just wanted to ask why your book isn't on barnes & noble's site anymore?

  8. Akshai chundru

    Hi, this book is no longer being sold anywhere in the US, even amazon has dropped it for some reason. The only place I could find it was, and there seem to be no ebook versions – other than illegal torrents

    • Hi Akshai and thanks for getting in touch. The Vagrant did briefly appear on Amazon US but the book hasn't actually come out in the US yet. The good news is it will be at some point. The bad news is I don't know when exactly yet but rest assured as soon as I do I'll be making lots of noise about it.

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  10. Mr Newman, I love love love The Vagrant!!! I bought it in the summer, but kept putting off reading it even though I wanted to so much because I knew it would be superb. And anything coming afterwards would only leave me disappointed. And it is superb! And I was disappointed. So I read it again.
    I don't usually care for present tense, but your story-telling is so good, after the first couple of pages, I no longer noticed. Your descriptions are beautiful, even when describing something icky; your characters are so real, even the goat – inspired! And having a non-speaking protagonist – wow! How did you make that work? I am in awe. And baby Vesper … aawww 🙂 (Do excuse me while I gush) Also, absolutely adore the cover – would quite happily have it hanging, framed, on my wall.
    Looking forward with great delight to more of your work.
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    • Hi Joy. Wow. Thanks so much for stopping by to say all this. And thanks for the review too, much appreciated. You're welcome to gush here anytime!

      I also love the cover and feel very lucky. It's by Jamie Jones and I did get it framed for my wall. I've just seen the rough for the next cover by him btw and it is amazing!

      Anyway, thank you. You've made my day. 🙂

  11. Aw, thank you for replying 🙂 You are very welcome for the review, it was a pleasure to write up. And I am pleased to report that I've been going on about your book enough, that friends have bought it 🙂

    I am even more excited now for your next book, with Jamie Jones doing the cover. What a talent!

    Wishing you peace, happiness and bucketloads of success for 2016 and beyond!
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  12. Saw this on Facebook this morning and thought it looked amazingly like how I imagine the opening to The Vagrant.

  13. They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but often it is the cover that draws us to a story. Just happened by this book and I was hooked by the cover art, read a paragraph and knew I had to buy it. The writing style is unique. You don't often see present tense used successfully, but I feel like it was part of the magic of this work. Every line is a glorious picture, without spoonfeeding the reader with too many details. I laughed, I cried, my heart ached and soared.

    One of the best books I've ever read. I can't wait for the next one to come out in the U.S.

    • Thanks Joe! Praise like this really means a lot to me. Glad you like the cover, Jaime Jones was the artist behind it and I have a lot to thank him for. He's done the cover for book 2 (The Malice) as well and I think that's wonderful too. Anyway, so glad you enjoyed it, and thanks again for taking the time to say so. 😀

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  15. Hello Mr. Newman. I am a mom of a 12 year old boy who is dying to read your book. Do you think it is ok for young readers?

    • Hi there. Much as I'd love to say yes, 12 does seem a bit young given some of the content. The world of The Vagrant is very dark and violent. There is slavery, necromancy, demonic possession, and some quite disturbing imagery. There's also some infrequent swearing. Of course, there is a lot of variation in a 12 year old and some are more mature than others.
      So if I haven't already put you off, and you'd like to know more, there's a link to a sample of the book on the 'The Vagrant' page of this blog. That should give you a feel for the tone of the book.
      Hope that helps!

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  17. Fantastic! I was a bit iffy on reading this due to some of the negative Amazon reviews and then pissed at the negative reviewers when I finished. A well deserved five star review was left on Amazon(Jolter164) and I look forward to the sequel, which I just pre-ordered. Props to you for such an amazingly cool and well written tale!!

  18. Mr Newman, I just finished the Vagrant, ebook format, and immediately bought the paperback because I want to read this book again and the digital form is just not enough anymore! I had to order in the Brazilian Amazon so I think it will take some time, but I know that it’s worth it.
    Everybody is saying how amazing is the book, and it is true; the worldbuilding, the style, the originality of the characters. All true. But I think that I must point out something else: how, by your minimalist style, the readers can imagine the character’s ethnicity as they prefer. Maybe this is not important for most of the readers, but sure is for me, and I think that for many others that like diversity and would love your book.
    What a great book! Easily one of my favorites by now! Thank you!

    • Hi Kalina, and thank you! This was a lovely message to wake up to. I love the idea of my book being read in Brazil and I it means a lot to me that you've enjoyed it enough to buy it twice! I hope the post comes for you soon. 🙂

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