Title: The Seven | Series: The Vagrant #3 | Author: Peter Newman | Publisher: Harper Voyager | Publication date: April 20th 2017 | Num. Pages: 464 | Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia | How I owned it: ARC copy kindly provided by the publisher
5 stars – a fabulous ending to a brilliant trilogy
Many thanks to Harper Voyager and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
‘An exciting new writer – sharp, compelling and original’ Mark Lawrence
Years have passed since the Vagrant journeyed to the Shining City, Vesper in arm and Gamma’s sword in hand.
Since then the world has changed. Vesper, following the footsteps of her father, journeyed to the breach and closed the tear between worlds, protecting the last of humanity, but also trapping the infernal horde and all those that fell to its corruptions: willing or otherwise.
In this new age it is Vesper who leads the charge towards unity and peace, with seemingly nothing standing between the world and a bright new future.
That is until eyes open.
And The Seven awakes.
What is there to say about The Seven? It wasn’t long enough? True. The tale of the Vagrant and Vesper ended too soon? Also true.
The Seven is the end of what feels like an era but in reality is the end of a trilogy from a new author to me – although we did meet that one time in Feb of this year at a signing and I thought he was just some guy and then we met again at a signing of his books (AWKWARD!) – Peter is definitely a new favourite.
His stories have got this otherworldly (duh) feel to them but not just in the way they’re written but in the world building, the characters and the dialogue – or, as the case is often, lack thereof – but I don’t feel like these books need an overwhelming amount of dialogue. In The Vagrant the main character is a mute for Pete’s sake and he has been written brilliantly throughout the trilogy.
The Seven follows Vesper and The Malice once more as they try to reunite the factions across the country, as they fight those that should have been fighting with them not against.
There was a good shock in this book which I didn’t expect in the slightest and it was betrayal. Betrayal of someone I thought was fiercely loyal but obviously wasn’t. It threw me right off but damn was it good!
There were quite a few shocks in this book and oh the doozy! There was an amazing one that I can’t mention (SPOILERS) but holy goat it was totally unexpected. Oh goats!
You know how I really loved the goat in The Vagrant and The Malice right? There was more goats in The Seven and once again they stole the show on many occasions including when our kid from The Malice is now a young buck courting a lady goat of his own.
Once again I loved the chapters in the past with Massassi and the origin of The Seven. The two different times are in stark contrast with each other and it’s clear that Gamma has always been the conflicting opinion in The Seven and it’s good to see that she had such a pivotal role across the ages.
I hope that there will be more stories set in the world of Vesper and The Seven but we shall see if Peter gives us what we desire.