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Warrior Paperback – 2 Dec 2014
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Olivier Lafont is a French writer and actor of mixed origin. He lives in Mumbai with his wife.
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Though it felt a bit bore in the beginning but later it makes you glue to it.
Though many things are left unanswered , so we can hope for a prequel or sequel. :D
‘Warior’ tells us the story of Saam, Shiva’s demigod child on earth, and his race against time to save the world from ‘ending’. We are first introduced to Saam as a watch mender from the streets of Mumbai. He is living a pretty ordinary life when the prophesied ‘end of days’ dawn upon him. He soon realizes that he is the only one who can actually stop it from happening. So with a group of six trusted friends and a not so trustworthy half-brother, Saam takes charge. What follows is an adventure of a lifetime that takes them all over India and come up against a formidable opponent as well. Will Saam succeed is the question.
With a somewhat slow start, Warrior fails to create the insta-attraction. But what is does is slowly creep up on you and take you in its grip. Once the story starts flowing, what we have on our hands is a fast paced, action packed on the edge type of novel that is truly entertaining to read. Yes, I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I am glad that I decided to pick this one up. The author’s language is refined but the novel has instances of Hindi slangs infused which are very occasional and easy to overlook. The narration style supports the fast pace of the book and has that smooth flow which ensures that the pages turn almost automatically. The characters are well developed and the plot is well laid out. While I still feel the influence of the Percy Jackson world in it, Olivier Lafont has done a great job overall.
A promising debut that ensures that I will watch out for more from this author.
I did take a very long time according to my reading speed to review the book but circumstances were beyond my control and shifting my home to new city added to my reading woes. So stay tuned for plenty of reviews in the coming weeks.
When I finally picked up the book, I was amazed. The book has an excellent imagery, thought provoking storyline and a superb twist on mythology. Oliver has managed to use the very same oft used instances of the high points in Indian mythology and turn them around. The story is quite obviously stated in the book blurb but what is not is the way it progresses. How it enmeshes you into the life of Saam and his beloved Maya. A demi-god and a mortal – stuff great romances are made of. Another reason why I totally enjoyed the book was their beautiful romance. Right from the first chapter I could relate to the niggling doubt that Saam had about his Maya; her role in the grand scheme of things. Why would a mere mortal be so important? Why would an almost god bow to her ministrations and touch? The subtle way in which Maya’s role influences Saam & how without making an obvious or vocal attempt she supports Saam for his quest make up a sweet & emotional story along the main theme of destruction and the search for a solution.
Maya is an ordinary woman, with an extraordinary spirit. We always hear the pure hearted will inherit the earth; well she is one of those. Her loyalty, concern, support and resilience make her special. Read the book and you too will fall in love with her.
The book is not just about the destruction of Earth or the End of Days but also how Love is the Destroyer and the Creator. Oliver has interwoven the duality of love so flawlessly that at times I forgot that it is a story about gods and thought it was just as much about us humans. How we exist and strive through our frailties but even the gods succumb to the same.
The name of the book suggests it is a story about wars and fighting but no this is so much more, rather when the fight happens I savored it and rooted for my hero. Yes, Saam is the hero in all shades. He is handsome, duh! Son of lord Shiva- had to be!! Saam is emotional, strong both in a physical as well as a mental sense, brave, courageous, very much human, caring and compassionate. The flashbacks of his past add depth to his character and frailties.
He was not always all of this; his character has the shades of grey so expertly woven into his character that we realize the reason he has been chosen for saving the planet is partly due to his genes and partly due to his character. he has an unlikely group of friends with whom he embarks on the journey to save the planet. They all serve and support Saam in his quest; all the while looking for the evil that has set forth the events of doom. What I really liked that even the most frail of the humans serve a purpose; each of characters are developed and articulate adding so much more to the story. Their support lends a realism to the story – even a demi god cannot do it all by himself.
The only bit that stops me from giving 5 stars to this book is the ending so I go with 4.5 stars. The end is what it should have been but I found the way it was brought about a bit abrupt; as if the author just wanted to stop the carnage and destruction by whatever means possible. The solution to Saam distress could be different but the author maybe wanted to show the humane side of the Demi-gods.
The characters of Fazal & Geoffrey could have had more to do in the end especially since they contributed so much to the quest. His brother Ara, the enigmatic one lived up to expectations. The love – hate relationship explored so vividly by the author as if he has delved into the mind of the half-brothers; yes he writes so eloquently!
His words, sentences, the emotions, love, happiness, sadness and guilt all of it expressed so well. After a long time I read a book where the verse just flows with the storyline adding to the whole reading experience. The book was totally bang on! I just realized I have written quite a lengthy review but the book deserves so much more and it totally gets my vote for winning the Tibor Jones Prize and much more.
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