In an alien infected, post apocalyptic world, a mute soldier is called to protect an ancient and powerful sword, and return it to it's rightful owners. But, unable to speak, and with no company but a baby and a goat, will he manage to successfully finish his task, or humanity is doomed to perish?
"Seeing the fate of its peers, the last of the great shapes moves quickly, the world already clawing at its edges. Unable to find a suitable shell, it weaves a cloak of corpses about itself. Skulls, feet and ribs marry uneasily. Withing the necrotic ball, the Uncivil is birthed."
Newman has a special talent in reinforcing the axiom that nobody is safe in his books at the most inappropriate of times, using though a technique of simulating the appearance of danger without actually jeopardizing his well structured plot. The post apocalyptic, "alien" infected world brings a serious and grim tone, while in the flashbacks we get to read the truth behind the invasion, and make the connections of how the world spiraled from post apocalyptic to fantastic & alien infected.
All in all, The Vagrant is a weird but amazing read,and I wholeheartedly recommend it to all new age-fantasy readers out there.