Monday, 15 December 2014

Review of 'Warrior' by 'Olivier Lafont'

In Mumbai, driven to its knees by a merciless blizzard, Saam the watchmender is corneres 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 horro 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.

Verdict: ‘Warrior’ is the first work of fiction by Olivier Lafont. This book is a nice thriller with a touch of Hindu mythology, history and fantasy.

The cover looks different and catchy. The sketch of a well-built guy holding a sword in hand gives this book a perfect action thriller look. The cloudy back ground and the grey flavor in the cover makes this book looks more appealing to the readers. The label of ‘Shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize’ will also tempt the readers to sneak a peek inside the content. The blurb is wonderfully written and gives a nice outline and start for the story. Overall the first impression of the book is impressive.

The author hasn’t wasted a time with boring introductions and has jumped into the story from the very first page. The first chapter is enough for any reader to judge that this book is going to be a roller coaster ride which they will enjoy on the edge of their seats. Snow and blood is falling from the sky in Mumbai city to indicate the end of the times when Saam (the main protagonist), the son of the destroyer, rises to the occasion to fight with the enemy to save the world. Saam commences his quest with a team of two more demigods and two mortals. The readers will love the whole story because this book has everything, from action to romance, from the unusual special power of the demigods to the wonderful touch of Hindu mythology. As the story heads towards the end the book becomes unputdownable because of the authors' efficient skill to maintain the thrill and speed. The readers will close the book with a satisfying sigh.

The narrating style is eloquent and goes with the story perfectly. The characterization is fascinating and the way the author has described all his characters with utmost clarity, they become visible to the readers quite easily. It is not easy to make the readers believe a character leaping a building or taking ten trained men single handedly or piercing through his gaze, but the author has done this effortlessly. There was not a single character which I can point out to be created unnecessarily, all characters has a special role to play in the plot or a special task to complete or an important clue to deliver.

At times I felt the author has exaggerated a few scenes with the descriptions to make them more clear to the authors, which I think could have been avoided. Apart from these scenes, there is no more error to talk about. The book is wonderfully edited and for that all the credit goes to the editorial team of the publisher. I would recommend this book to everyone who are looking for a thrilling and speedy read.

Final Words: The prompt narrating style and the way the author has framed the whole plot is a remarkable job by a new author. Such a story framing ability will take this author to a notable height.

Title: Warrior
Author: Olivier Lafont
Publisher: Penguin
Page Count: 375
My Rating: 4.5/5

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