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The Deathless

(Deathless #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  78 reviews
From one of fantasy’s biggest recent breakthrough authors comes an exciting, brand new series.

The demons…

In the endless forests of the Wild, humanity scratches a living by the side of the great Godroads, paths of crystal that provide safe passage and hold back the infernal tide. Creatures lurk within the trees, watching, and plucking those who stray too far from safety.

Hardcover, 436 pages
Published June 14th 2018 by Harper Voyager
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Robin Hobb
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The usual caveat: I received a free advance reading copy of this work. I've met the author and found him to be a very pleasant person. Still, I don't think this affects my response to the work.

I jumped into reading sf and fantasy at a very young age. One of the aspects of our genre that I noticed even then was the 'sink or swim' style that so many books share. The reader is plunged into a new world, and had best hit the ground running and keep a keen eye on the prose to pick up every cue and clu
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
That was a bit bizarre and cool! I need to backtrack and read his Vagrant trilogy!!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of dark fantasy, fairy tales and Naomi Novak’s Uprooted
Recommended to Sean Barrs the Bookdragon by: James Tivendale
In a world overgrown with dark forest, known ominously as the wilds, only the immortal Deathless can hold evil at bay and protect the innocent from the vile and ravenous daemons that stalk amongst the trees.

The Deathless patrol their lands in floating crystal castles, propelled by the same nature defying magic that gives continued life to their souls. They transfer bodies when they age, making each dynasty everlasting. There are seven of them, each defined by a crystal which is the emblem of the
James Tivendale
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received an advanced reader copy of The Deathless in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Peter Newman and Harper Voyager for the opportunity.

Newman's first entry into a new fantasy series presents a world with floating castles which are connected by roads of crystal alongside which human settlements are erected. These Godsroads are safe passages between the floating fortresses of the great houses. Covering most of the created environment is The Wilds - a macabre and terrifyin
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I am so disappointed that my first encounter with Peter Newman’s work was such a letdown. I wanted to abandon it several times, but I kept going telling myself that something will improve, and the story will get better (after all, Robin Hobb rated it 5 stars). Unfortunately, it didn’t. Not for me, at least.

The idea behind the worldbuilding is great: there are 7 ruling families, whose members are virtually immortals, their souls being ‘reborn’ in another body after the current ones die. The famil
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've become a pretty big fan of Peter Newman since the Vagrant books. They were quirky, hardcore horror, fantasy, and even SF bundled as one huge treat.

The Deathless breaks that mold by wrapping us deep inside a world of dark magical forest with strange creatures and castles rather than ravening armies.

What makes this special? Immortality isn't that special, but these are lords and ladies of immortals breeding their line to take over their children's bodies by way of a special bloodletting cerem
Petros Triantafyllou
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantasy Fiction has an ever-evolving nature. Throughout the years there has been a number of prominent authors who had the ability to alter its natural course. Some of them heavily influenced the genre to the point that whole new sub-genres were created, and others nudged it to a new direction ever so slightly that was barely even noticeable, but helped modernize the genre all the same. Peter Newman is one of the latest.

The only safe place left for humanity is the side of the Godroads. The Wild
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Harper Voyager, and Netgalley.
I've wanted to read this author for awhile now, but it wasn't a priority. Then I saw the ads for this, and I knew I had to read it!
Fortunately, or unfortunately, depends I guess. I was given a preview copy for review, "for which I'm always grateful. This book sounded like the bomb! I think my main problem is that although I am someone who believes in the grey, meaning not black or white, this story was almost offensive to me. Folk are black and white
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: I audio-booked this mostly so please excuse spelling mistakes on names, I also really recommend the audio as Emma Newman is excellent :D

Okay, this book is a firm new favourite for me, and I am jolly happy about that becuase I recently saw and met both Peter and Emma Newman at Super Relaxed Fantasy Club in London, and they are both delightful... Not only is Peter lovely in person, this book is definitely filled with an awful lot of drama, excitement, quality characters and unique ideas. I f
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-own
I'm a big fan of The Vagrant trilogy and had high hopes for The Deathless, I wasn't dissapointed. Peter Newman is now officially one of my favorite authors!
What can I say, floating castles, scary creatures and flying immortal men are the ingredients of this fantastic book!
A whole new world, with new beings and new rules and yet the same original and refreshing feel as The Vagrant trilogy.
My favorite character is Lady Pari, a strong inventive and intelligent woman.
I'm very much looking forward
Dannii Elle
Everything about the premise of this novel just screamed that it was going to be the book for me. Yet, somehow, it just wasn't.

The core of the novel focuses on The Deathless individuals, who reside over humanity in cloud-high castles and retake the body of another upon the death of their current one. Their soul lingers on and, with it, the knowledge and power to rule over all below them. These seven Deathless have long been the protectors for their realms, but now their borders are thick with ev
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
4.5 Stars

The Deathless by Peter Newman is a great start to what will surely be a new series by Peter Newman. I absolutely loved his first series The Vagrant and give it my highest recommendations. This book is just as well written but lacks any characters that you can really empathize with. It is this that keeps me from giving this book full marks.

There is an amazing world portrayed in The Deathless and I really hope for more.
Jon Adams
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Newman's writing style and originality. He hasn't lost any steam since the The Vagrant series.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
TLDR: this was a very intriguing book, with a really neat world. Not quite as startlingly good as The Vagrant was (which isn’t much of a critique, given just how startlingly good The Vagrant really was), but it’s an excellent book that has me feeling very smug for getting to read it early.

So. Details. I’ll start with a non-spoilery synopsis. In a world overrun by the demons of the Wild, humanity clings to settlements lining the Godroads, ancient pathways that repel the demons and keep the people
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Peter Newmans original trilogy never really did much. The sparness of the writing for some reason didnt work for me. I loved the characters and the world building but plot wise it was a little too strange. This here is his new novel which again has great world building, the same sparse gothic/horroe like writing style but just so-so characters. I never really felt like I cared for anyone. I know this was meant to have shades of grimdark where we arent meant to agree with every decision made, but ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
(No spoilers.)
I'd been looking forward to the next book from Peter Newman ever since I heard of it, but with trepidation, because a new book series following one so beloved is never an easy thing to pull off. Regretfully, despite his wonderful gift of world building, this is not a series I'll be continuing with. Having loved The Vagrant series so much, I was surprised at how little I liked any of the characters in this book. With the exception of one, all the characters are selfish, scheming and
Ruth Harwood
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved this! Flew through the pages with a burning hunger to find out what happens next, which is the biggest compliment I can think of! Loved the characters and the storyline and the way the pieces of the puzzle fit together, showing how this will continue on and not be a stand alone book! I'm struggling to think if I've read this author before, as I know of another book, the Vagrant, but cannot remember reading it, just seeing the cover on the library shelf! I'm going down there tomorrow ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a lot of fun, A wild new world that has trappings of fantasy and lots of intrigue. I had read Mr. Newman before and now I will be sure to follow him more closely, His voice is very engaging and although there were a few weak spots in this tale, it ripped along and the action and world kept me turning the page.

Definite good time, check it out
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
What the author does well: create a unique setting with a political system/struggle of the world unlike any other.
What lacks: A convincing plot. The devil is in the detail which is sorely lacking. I just don't feel the character's motivation here. Partly because a lot is held in darkness, but even when it isn't the characters are a bit wishy-washy.
But I enjoy most of it, and look forward to more.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Straightforward fantasy with a novel and engaging setting, and the plot certainly took a development I did not see coming. The characters were realised without feeling really compelling. Felt a little hollow, almost, in terms of world building, but definitely recommend for fantasy aficionados.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Deathless are immortal, born and reborn in to flawless bodies. They live in Crystal castles that float on currents above the Wild - a place of unspeakable darkness and Demons.
I read the Vagrant trilogy and loved it and was looking forward to this new series. I wasn't disappointed this book was excellent. Action from start to finish I would highly recommend this and will definitely read the next.
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Received ARC from Harper Voyager and Netgalley for honest read and review.

I have read Mr Newman's first series,The Vagrant.And I thought I would give this ago as well.So glad I did.
Another brilliant all consuming book that sucks you in does not let go until the end. All characters are brilliant as usual, with such distinct attributes that you just have to like them all in their own way.
It has everything you Ned demons,ghosts,immortals and a handful of stunning characters that are really entertai
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Things are not well in the home of your lover. Loyal friends are posted elsewhere. Strangers walk the halls, sharpening knives while they wait for his return. He needs help. He needs you. Come now. Come carefully."

When my copy of The Deathless arrived and this was printed on the back of the dust-jacket I knew that I would love this book. To no surprise to anyone, I did end up loving it.
I am a big fan of The Vagrant, and only very recently was brave enough to read its sequels, which, to my re
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I just did not care for this book as much as I did Peter's prior books. I also did not care for the characters and to be honest, was thinking of the next book I would be listening too as this was drawing to a conclusion. I loved the Vagrant and hopefully, the author will write something similar to that again
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Unique plot but left a lot to imagination. A couple of questions that plagued me throughout the book were :
1) How did the world become like this, Is there a backstory ?
2) Motivations of our villains ; I felt they weren't fleshed out enough
3) The other courts seemed to be there only for information dump and nothing was elobarated

There was a feeling I was looking at the entire story through a very limited perspective because the world building was just not up to the mark.

2.5 Stars
John Ross
Mar 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
When the author's name gets bigger than the book's title, it already means something!
Hugh Mullan
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this and will definitely pick up the next book in the series.

This book will appeal to fans of Jen Williams. I was thinking about her very good 'Winnowing Flame' trilogy throughout and not surprisingly Peter Newman thanks her in the acknowledgements; they're obviously writing from the same area of the fantasy genre: fast paced, high concept fantasy.

The plot and setting is very clever. The world is almost overrun by the wild; a highly dangerous and inhospitable place populated by
Lora Carney
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families is one of the seven timeless royal families, born and reborn into flawless bodies. When villages disappear and assassins strike, the family is riven by suspicion and grief.

This one took a little while to really get into because there are multiple main characters and a lot of world building to establish. A few info dumps can be forgiven. I thought the concept was really original, but after a while it started feeling contrived and my interest
Michael Dodd
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book in a series of the same name, The Deathless is a gripping, fascinating fantasy tale of intrigue and political manoeuvring in a world of demons, magic and undying dynasties. Safe in their castles in the sky, the immortal lords of the seven royal families watch over their people and protect them from the demons of the Wild. When treachery strikes at the moment of Lord Rochant’s rebirth, however, cracks are revealed within House Sapphire, and loyalties are tested as long-gestating pl ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's quite a long time since last I read such a good epic fantasy book.
It starts slowly and the beginning it's a bit confusing because you're catapulted into a new world without any guide. A fascinating world that you have to discover.
The book is full of fascinating thing, there's an original world building and fascinating and complex characters.
I love it and look forward to reading other stories in this series because it was a great reading experience with this enthralling and entertaining book
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Peter Newman co-writes the Hugo and Alfie Award winning Tea and Jeopardy podcast and is also the voice of the butler, Latimer.

His debut novel, THE VAGRANT, was published by Harper Voyager and won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best newcomer in 2016. It was followed by THE MALICE, and then THE SEVEN.

There are also two shorter stories set in the same world, available as ebooks. THE HAMMER A

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