The Ruthless

The Ruthless

THE REBEL.For years, Vasin Sapphire has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Now, as other Deathless families come under constant assault from the monsters that roam the Wild, that time has come.THE RUTHLESS.In the floating castle of Rochant Sapphire, loyal subjects await the ceremony to return their rule to his rightful place. But the child raised to give u...

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Author:Peter Newman
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The Ruthless Reviews

  • M.J.

    The Ruthless by Peter Newman is a fantastic 'Part 2' of what will be a trilogy, charting The Deathless.

    The action picks up exactly where it left off, although sixteen years have passed, allowing the babies of the book to be all grown up and therefore more involved in what's happening.

    The likeable characters of Book 1 are there, Sa-at, Pari, Vasin, Chandi as well as a few that we didn't like so much.

    The world created by Newman continues to be vivid and downright 'weird' and there were a few times

    The Ruthless by Peter Newman is a fantastic 'Part 2' of what will be a trilogy, charting The Deathless.

    The action picks up exactly where it left off, although sixteen years have passed, allowing the babies of the book to be all grown up and therefore more involved in what's happening.

    The likeable characters of Book 1 are there, Sa-at, Pari, Vasin, Chandi as well as a few that we didn't like so much.

    The world created by Newman continues to be vivid and downright 'weird' and there were a few times when I felt a little 'itchy' so good were the descriptions of The Wild!

    All of the characters are set on paths that will see them coming into contact at one point or another, and the end is entirely satisfying, leaving me with many questions still to be answered, and a fear that something really BAD is going to happen in the concluding book of the trilogy.

    I read this book in just over 24 hours. It's entirely absorbing, wonderful 'weird' and incredibly rewarding. Newman uses words to great effect and I just 'got' exactly what he was trying to portray. I really can't recommend it enough.

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy.

    I will be 'singing' about this series whenever I get the opportunity.

    This book is fantastic! The paperback for Book 1 is out in May 2019. Read it!

  • James Tivendale

    I received an advanced copy of The Ruthless in an exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Peter Newman and Harper Voyager for this opportunity. Spoilers for The Deathless.

    The Ruthless is set sixteen-years after the finale of The Deathless. During this time Lady Pari Tanzanite has been between lives and the narrative begins with her rebirth into a younger vessel. Throughout this period Mother Chandri has been raising her son Satyendra who is the proposed rebirth vessel for Sapphire L

    I received an advanced copy of The Ruthless in an exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Peter Newman and Harper Voyager for this opportunity. Spoilers for The Deathless.

    The Ruthless is set sixteen-years after the finale of The Deathless. During this time Lady Pari Tanzanite has been between lives and the narrative begins with her rebirth into a younger vessel. Throughout this period Mother Chandri has been raising her son Satyendra who is the proposed rebirth vessel for Sapphire Lord Rochant but without Chandri being aware, there is utter evil inside her son and he might not give up his life so easily. The youth Sa-at has been living amongst the trees, the terrors, and his birdkin friend Crowflies in the Wilds. Finally, Lord Vasin has been trying, slowly, to gain support from the other houses in his mission to remove Yadavendra as House Sapphire's High Lord. During this time too, the monstrosities and horrors of the wild have been acting too and Lord Vasin now travels to assist House Ruby who has been attacked frequently by the numerous grotesque beings. Something is different with these attacks from the once thought of as brainless terror-inducing creatures, almost as if they are planned, organised, and have an endgame.

    My reading pace was slow initially and this is due to the complexity and depth of the crafted world. In addition, it took me some time to reacquaint myself with the dramatis personae. I was trying to put a jigsaw together in my mind reminding me who certain characters were, who they were affiliated with, who their ex-lovers were, who they were plotting against etc... It took me about five chapters until everything fell back into place. The chapters are approximately 15-20 pages and after the slow beginning, were intensely addictive. The story follows 5-6 point of view perspectives, the majority of which we will be familiar with from the first book, and that of Satyendra.

    My favourite sections to read about were those of Sa-at's escapades with him trying to survive in the Wild. As a wildborn, he has affiliations and agreements with the aspects of the dangerous Wilds including pacts with trees, birds and even the notorious Murderkind. His development is one of The Ruthless' standout elements, as are the set-pieces that happen to him throughout. Some of the most grotesque segments happen through his seasoned but still sometimes childlike viewpoint. Crowflies is still an amazingly well-crafted companion who he has a telepathic link with. I adore wildlife companions in fantasy.

    The other two real standout perspectives are those of Satyendra and Lord Vasin. Satyendra's inner dark thoughts are intense and chilling but he paints a perfect picture to all those around him. Lord Vasin, the Deathless hunter was my favourite character from the last book, and I loved the progression here. He's up to his neck in complex plots, propositions, and plans with the aim of saving his exiled mother's life and returning House Sapphire to glory.

    Like it's predecessor, The Ruthless still very much revolves around the Floating Cities, The Godsroads, The Wilds and The Deathless. The latter being elite almost superhero overpowered hunters who wear winged armour, Paralympian runner-style blades and protect the world from the unspeakable terrors that lurk in the depths of the Wilds. Although more complex, I believe this book exceeds its predecessor in almost every way and I rated that 4.5-stars. Many of the set-pieces blew my mind especially an event that took place in a swamp and another that happened within a throne room. Some of the revelations, twists, and shocks I did not see coming at all. I adore novels that I can't predict and this is definately a novel that ticks that box. One of the most developed, unique, and thrilling fantasy series currently being written. This is highly recommended to all grimdark and dark fantasy readers, and anyone who enjoys political or horror-tinged fantasy drama. Also, there is a moment at the very end I won't discuss, but just wow, it was one of my favourite scenes from anything I've read in a long time.

    Finally, I would highly recommend not reading this book unless you have read The Deathless. My review of which can be found here:

  • Helen French

    This is the second in a fantasy series - and no, you can't start here, go back to book one if you haven't read it already! Run!

    The Ruthless follows on from The Deathless, a tale of epic dynasties, where select members of the ruling families can live forever using a 'godpiece' which sort of saves their soul until it can be passed on into a suitable family member at the right time. With this privilege comes politics and subterfuge and Sapphire family is showing its cracks just as book one ends.

    The

    This is the second in a fantasy series - and no, you can't start here, go back to book one if you haven't read it already! Run!

    The Ruthless follows on from The Deathless, a tale of epic dynasties, where select members of the ruling families can live forever using a 'godpiece' which sort of saves their soul until it can be passed on into a suitable family member at the right time. With this privilege comes politics and subterfuge and Sapphire family is showing its cracks just as book one ends.

    The Ruthless begins years later. Lord Rochant's descendant Satyendra - who is not what he seems - is almost of age for Rochant's soul to be imported into his body, but he will do anything to avoid that happening. The Lord might want to live forever, but so does he!

    Meanwhile his counterpart Sa-at, alone in the Wild far below the castles and the Deathless, living among the demons and trees, is feeling a pull he doesn't understand to go and explore the human world.

    At the same time, Lord Vasin and Lady Pari (now in a new body) are still enmeshed in the Deathless' struggle for power among the houses as anger towards Sapphire increases...

    There's a lot going on, and the book moves quickly, but there just isn't enough of it. I wanted more pages! How long until book 3?

    I will need to come back to this review and add more details...

  • Connie

    Ruthless is book two in the Deathless series and is set 16 years after the first book.This was fabulous, a real page turner. It was good to catch up with Lord Vasin, Lady Pari and Mother Chandri. I loved reading about Sa-at and his life with Crowflies. It's a complex world, with lots of engaging characters. The only downside to this is I'll have to wait ages for the next one. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Book hangover imminent.

  • Marielle

    I was so very pleased that I could continue the story of The Deathless. It took me a while to remember who was who again but once I did it was such an awesome read...

    I love the world and all of it's wonderful places. The Wild is such a weird, scary and beautifully written part of that world. I believe it's my favorite. (Also, floating castles, how cool is that!!!)

    This is another fantastic series by Peter Newman with that same Vagrant-vibe I love so much... Cannot wait for book 3!!

  • Annarella

    I loved the Deathless and I loved the Ruthless.

    It was great to meet again the characters of the previous books and new ones. Some are likeable, some aren't, all are well written.

    The world building is as impressive as it was in the first book and I'm starting to understand how it works.

    I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.

    Highly recommended!

    Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    is a fantastic sequel of epic proportions that promises to delight readers of the first book with its macabre and twisted nature.

    Sixteen years have passed, and political scheming still reigns supreme. Escaping death should be enough for these immortals but they only want more: they wish to dominate each other entirely. As such, High Lords resort to tricks and power displays to keep the other Deathless is check, along with petty politics to ensure their house remains

    is a fantastic sequel of epic proportions that promises to delight readers of the first book with its macabre and twisted nature.

    Sixteen years have passed, and political scheming still reigns supreme. Escaping death should be enough for these immortals but they only want more: they wish to dominate each other entirely. As such, High Lords resort to tricks and power displays to keep the other Deathless is check, along with petty politics to ensure their house remains strong and everlasting. They weaken themselves when they should be focusing on what is the real threat to their existence, but they are blind to the nature of what lurks in the wilds bellow their floating castles.

    To them it is inherent evil, mindless evil that only seeks to destroy and conquer. But as the years have passed that evil has adapted and grown clever; it has started using tactics to lure hunters out into the open and to strike the mighty Deathless themselves. The Lords are too busy fighting with each other to realise what has grown beneath them, and it could threaten to destroy them entirely if they don’t get their act together. Vasin Sapphire seeks to tackle them, but even his actions aren’t entirely altruistic; he only wishes to curry favour with the minor houses so he could become the next High Lord of House Sapphire. Regardless the creatures of the wild are now organised and are testing the waters, prodding the defences of the deathless in order to find a weak spot so they can hit it with a debilitating blow. Bad things are coming.

    Lord Rochant is by far the most enigmatic and complex character within the series. He has a shaded past and his own secret motives that are totally separate to the other Deathless. He works in plain sight to bring about his own desires, and very few even suspect him because of his stalwart reputation as the protector of House Sapphire. Nobody really knows what he is up to, and there will be some interesting things coming because of his actions. And I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out. The reveals in here about his relationship with the wild complicate things entirely.

    Newman is a very careful and subtle writer. He takes his time, weaving intricate layers and complexities into his story telling. He did this brilliantly in The Vagrant Trilogy. The way he can get such depth into his characters is by far the sharpest tool of his arsenal. Nothing is quite as simple as it seems. Simple divides like good and evil are all a matter of perspective, a thin layer that is totally breakable. And I love this element of the writing because it totally leaves the plot open for expansion because it could go anywhere. I suspect there may be a complete reversal coming.

    The benchmark was set rather high with The Deathless and it has certainly been matched in book two. I’m excited to see how this will all develop.

  • Kaitlin

    This is a superb continuation of the story which began in The Deathless. 16 years has passed and we pick up the story when both lots and not a lot has happened. The houses have been fairly slow addressing the injustices done, and yet Satiendra and Chandri have grown along with Se'at. Parry is newly re-born and coming back frustrated as House Sapphire and V

    This is a superb continuation of the story which began in The Deathless. 16 years has passed and we pick up the story when both lots and not a lot has happened. The houses have been fairly slow addressing the injustices done, and yet Satiendra and Chandri have grown along with Se'at. Parry is newly re-born and coming back frustrated as House Sapphire and Vassim have made small progress.

    What I like about this book is that although it's a sequel it does feel like there is enough in this story to standalone as an instalment and not fall into second-book-syndrome. I really liked learning more about Crowflies and Se'at and seeing his adventures in the Wilds which I think is one of the more interesting areas of the world.

    I also have to say I liked Parry being back again as she's definitely still one of my favourites, but the return of Rochant was also pretty exciting and seeing him feature as a character and someone who is rather devious and filled with stories about the Corpseman and the Wilds was good.

    Overall, a very good story continuation and I look forward to the next chapter in Book 3 as I find the concepts of this world and the characters fascinating. 4*s

  • Mark

    Read and loved! Bullet thoughts:

    * Good: One of the strongest drawing features of The Deathless and The Ruthless has been a world where, for all its fundamental strangeness, people work together. There's corruption and discord among the Deathless, but despite that they're all working toward the same goal and carry the weight of the people on their shoulders.

    * Good: The characterization. Everyone is a little bit good and a little bit bad. Even the greatest evil of evils has a tragic story.

    * Bad: T

    Read and loved! Bullet thoughts:

    * Good: One of the strongest drawing features of The Deathless and The Ruthless has been a world where, for all its fundamental strangeness, people work together. There's corruption and discord among the Deathless, but despite that they're all working toward the same goal and carry the weight of the people on their shoulders.

    * Good: The characterization. Everyone is a little bit good and a little bit bad. Even the greatest evil of evils has a tragic story.

    * Bad: The lack of wonder. Focus stays _very_ tightly on some point of view characters. The story is set in a bizarrely fantastical world that barely gets a mention except as a character. How far does the forest go? Where does the Godroad lead? Just how old _are_ the Deathless? This was a real frustration for me during my read.

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