BOOK REVIEW: WARRIOR

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TITLE : Warrior
AUTHOR : Olivier Lafont
PUBLISHER : Penguin India
GENRE : Fiction (Fantasy )

THE BOOK

Warrior final cover

The blurb

In Mumbai, driven to its knees by a merciless blizzard, Saam the watchmender is cornered into an intolerable position. As Shiva’s only earthly demigod child, it falls upon him to stop his indomitable father.

Bred to war, the son of destruction, Saam rides with six extraordinary companions into the horror of a crumbling world to face Shiva. He is forced to join hands with Ara, his half-brother he can never fully trust, and take with him his own mortal beloved, Maya, on this desperate attempt to stop the End of Days. But his path is littered with death, danger and betrayal.

Interweaving mythology, epic adventure and vintage heroism, this enthralling novel will change the way you see gods, heroes and demons.

MY VIEWS ON THE BOOK

Highs

The Cover : The Warrior with determined yes, unruly hair, gripping a sword is sure to appeal to the reader. The background though light, gives us an idea of the setting i.e troubled times ushering in destruction.

Story-line: Interesting, intriguing and engaging.

A high octane action –packed fantasy novel with Indian mythology at its core ‘Warrior’ is a classic tale wherein the good pitted is against evil, a brother pitted against another. Spanning over a period of 3 days this story takes us across an India witnessing unnatural cataclysms.There is love; romance, valor, deceit, treachery.The story also introduces us to supernatural elements, magical creatures, imaginary worlds and a lot more that add spice to a plot which if not handled well could have turned out be bland and ordinary.

The imagery is excellent. The events associated with Saam’s heroics and his journey along-with his companions in search of a solution to the End of Days situation facing earth unfold easily before one’s eyes making one wish he/she could be there to witness the unfolding of the events.

If seen from the present day perspective the story is easily relatable in some ways. Though we may not be witnessing the End of Days scenario, yet the way mankind is moving forward it may not be long before there is total mayhem on earth. India which once boasted of strong family ties is now standing mute witness to the rapid disintegration of family bonds. Love has given way to greed. Ara the half-brother of Saam is a symbol of greed and deceit.

Moving on to the nations on earth, each one has its fair measure of traitors and patriots. While Laalbaal symbolizes one species, Fazal the eccentric professor stands for the other.

The story has its fair share of twists and turns thus making it anything but boring.

Though a fantasy ‘Warrior’ is I must say, much more. It is a wake-up call to the human race, a knock on one’s conscience; it is a mirror to the destruction that awaits us if not rectified on time.

Characterization : The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. The characters of Saam, Ara and Maya need special mention. The author has portrayed them brilliantly. One can easily relate to them and their thoughts and actions.

Language: Language is crisp and lucid.

The climax: Interesting and unexpected.

Lows

Pace: Slow at first making me put down the book several times. But once Saam’s true identity, powers and mission became clear the story picked up momentum. From there on the drama began.

WRAPPING UP

Recommendation & Rating: Shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia prize ‘Warrior’ is truly page turner with interesting twists and an unexpected climax. The book scores a 4 on a scale of 5 from me.

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My heartfelt thanks to Freebase Entertainment LLP for providing me a copy of the book in return for an unbiased review.

KNOW THE AUTHOR

oliver lafont

Three –in-one (Actor, author, model) that’s how one can describe Olivier Lafont, the creator of Warrior. Though a French National by birth, Olivier Lafont had his schooling from age 7, in India. In short India is now home to him. He lives in Mumbai with his family and has acted in some Hindi feature films like the blockbuster hit 3 Idiots and critically acclaimed Guzaarish. He has also acted in over 80 television commercials and has written the screen play for the award-winning feature film ‘Hari Om’.

A multitalented and versatile personality, Olivier Lafont has many awards to his credit.

Want to connect to/ follow Olivier Lafont ? Then go click the buttons given here


                          

         

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Warrior

BUYING LINKS

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About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

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