The Seven by Peter Newman
Warning: spoilers if you haven’t read The Vagrant, The Malice or The Vagrant & The City.
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 awaken.
So, straight off: it’s not as good as The Vagrant. The Malice wasn’t as good as The Vagrant. But…I think that’s mostly because this is now telling the story from several points of view (well, two usually) and the Vagrant was a very simple and straightforward one. That said, this is still an excellent story, and definitely worth picking up if you read the first two (and do read the first two, and then the short story) and liked them.
We get to see a lot of the faces from The Vagrant and The Malice, more of Vesper, more of Reela, more of the goat (or a goat, a kid in this case), and some new figures…the Seven. And as antagonists go, they’re pretty damn good. They’re not good, not evil, and I loved the splits and weaves of the personalities. They’ve all got their own agendas which sometimes align, and sometimes don’t. I love the part that Reela plays with Delta, and while I felt The Vagrant didn’t entirely get the status he’s had in previous books, it was awesome to see him back in action.
And the ending…I wasn’t hooked until about 2/3 of the way through, and then I didn’t put it down. The ending is fabulous.
So. While The Vagrant is my must must must read, The Malice and The Seven are excellent second and third books, and The Seven certainly rounds off the trilogy nicely. The world’s chaotic, broken, weird, unusual, strange and enthralling, and the characters are equally wonderful. Read all three and marvel.