Back on topic: I just finished the Vagrant by Peter Newman. What an utterly bizarre book. The best label would be 'strange'. The prose is confusing, but very easy on the eyes. Poetic even. It doesn't make the story easier to understand though. The reader is left in de dark for most of the time. World-building is Malazan style (you're dropped right in the middle of it without explanations) and the world and setting are only very slowly and incompletely revealed. The world is very cool though. Post-Apocalyptic, fantasy, sci-fi; this books has elements from multiple genres. I really liked the Elder Scroll style Deadric antagonists too. Regarding the characters: the main players are really cool. The heroes are a mute, a baby, a singing sentient sword and a goat and the story is told from the third perspective. How about that? Due to the nature of the story it is difficult to build a relationship with characters, apart from the Vagrant and the baby (for all dads here; it is clear to me Newman wrote this when he himself had a young kid. Otherwise I don't think it would be possible to write a baby so well). This is a shame, because it made me detached from whatever happened to the other characters in the story. The story also felt a bit disjointed and there was a bit to much plot convenience as well. In the end the enemy was beaten quite easily too, which should have been handled differently in my opinion. Anyway, for me the pros outweigh the cons. This book is wholly original and has an awesome style. If I had to describe it to anyone I'd say it is a bit like McCarthy's the Road, mixed up with a bit of Hyperion and the video games Fallout and Oblivion. I rate this strange book with a 7.0/10 (***3 GoodReads Stars). Ps: my copy of the paperback showed a number of accolades for the book from various sources, among which was a quote from this very site! It said "possibly the best fantasy debut of 2015 ~ bestfantasybooks.com". Cool stuff!