Book Review: Warrior: Olivier Lafont



Warrior, by Olivier Lafont has a story very well built with the wealth of detail, not unlike that of a historical novel that allows you to dive into the likely socio-political context of the setting, giving the reader the opportunity to grasp the mechanisms that regulate the world and understand the reasons behind the characters in their businesses.

In Mumbai, driven to his knees by a ruthless storm, Saam the watch mender and Shiva's only earthly demigod child is cornered into an excruciating point as, it falls upon him to bring to a halt his unconquerable father and rides with six astonishing companions into the repulsion of a crumbling planet to face Shiva.

Saam is a legionary like many, but thanks to his discipline, his ability as a warrior and his natural talents tactics, stands out among the other fellow soldiers as a natural leader and is forced to join hands with Ara, his half-brother he can certainly not totally depend on and take with him his own corporeal darling, Maya, on this fraught challenge to bring to an end the end of days with his path is besieged with casualty, hazards and duplicity.

Just this test of courage brings the heroism and sense of duty to be finally noticed, changing his life forever with his courage put to test against the dark plot orchestrated against him with, fame, honour and love tear him away as soon will see the world as we knew crumble under the weight of machinations and betrayals, terrible secrets and dark truths that seem not to save anyone.

One of the most classic clichés on fantasy says these books are all built on the same framework the struggle between good and evil with the inevitable victory of the first, a hero without fear and without reproach, a place in danger, a wise counsellor who delights with concoctions and potions, a multitude of bizarre beings who once called gods, heroes are called once more, to surround the main course, a good book and some magical root, in varying amounts.

The book does not deviate from this structure with the ingredients are all there and they are all in place and so what makes it different than the huge fantasy books crowding the shelves of libraries is the ability of the author to distract the reader from a far unlikely feeling of déjà vu.

The characters are a little less exaggerated, less super heroes, are more plausible, with the story is absolutely riveting that gives agility and pace to the story, which is never burdened by the turn of events, but instead manages to maintain the suspense in the apprehension about the fate of the protagonists. The secondary characters are the key that allows the novel to have the emotional depth necessary, but the narrative cycle that involves them is extinguished quickly and, in the end of the book, the readers will cherish the end of a great adventure.

The book exhibits forthwith its true essence to the reader, making it clear with a story with strong colours, which does not allow room for embellishments, or censorship. Where there are no heroes, only men who kill other men in the name of what they believe in, whether it is an ideal of freedom, patriotism or simply the book is a war story.

The fantasy elements fill up the book, with the writer manage to make it interesting, enriching them with original details, describing them as part of events of major scenic impact , such as to enable it to make his mark with passionate descriptions of clashes and battles.

The book is recommended to all lovers of fantasy as you would be curious to see how it ends and expectations fuelled by the talent of Saam to have everything you need to become attached to this saga.


Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 384 ♥ Publisher: Penguin ♥ Published: December 2014 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-0143423638