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Warrior Paperback – December 2, 2014
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, 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.
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We have here the last remaining son of Lord Shiva. His name is Saam. When the Enemy announces the beginning of the process for End of the Days, everybody goes berserk. The Peerless, a group formed by demigods who are abandoned by their Godly parents and don’t have much power left, look up to Saam to mediate between Lord Shiva and rest of the world to save themselves. But Saam refuses to help them as he knows that his father won’t listen to him. To make things worse, he get embroiled in petty wars with supporters of the Enemy. He ultimately gets drawn into the core of this apocalyptic matter due to one situation leading to another. There are many other people to get the story interesting. They are Saam’s human girlfriend Maya, his half brother Ara the Spider, his friend Lalbaal, a scholar Fazal, Ara’s friends Fateh and Moti the Pearl. Through this story, Olivier Lafont takes us on a journey in a Quantensplatschiff sailing from one world to another. All these days we were reading Greek gods and demigods. Now we get to read about Hindu gods and demigods. This book shows our mythology in new light. You even get to read about savvy Ketan, the king of serpent people. But who is this Enemy?
Except a small confusion in the narration about Ramayan and Mahabharath, there is no flaw in the story. You will actually be left wondering what to learn and unlearn. Go for Warrior! You will not be disappointed.
‘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.
My daughter introduced me to The Lightening Thief. Against my better judgement, I leafed through the pages and was caught in the web of fantasy and make believe and finally entered the world of Gods. They became real to me. So when I got a copy of Warrior by Olivier Lafont, I was a bit sceptic. Either repeats of what Rick Riordan has said.. or a 'desi' feel of our Indian Gods in Olympian boots. Then I was introduced to Saam...
Saam is introduced very subtly. There is no "macho-ism" in his entry. A watch mender by profession, who is cloaked under the ordinary to hide the "extraordinary" within him. Whose powers are brought to the forefront when unusual things starts happening around him. Saam, the ordinary man becomes Saam, the Saviour, the destroyer, Shiva's ansh, His son.
I smirked. To me Shiva is into monogamy and always with his consort, Parvati. To think he had other affairs, broke my heart. I researched and it was then I realized many such stories about Shiva are present. Surprisingly, the story weaved about Saam's birth sounded very natural and picturesque. Especially, the story of his mom. Took me back to Hatimtai days..
An Amalgamation of many theories..
Warrior is not only about God's son on earth. Traces of Satan worshiping, The Fallen Angel, Shiva Purana , Greek and Roman Mythology are all woven together. I suppose that is what kept this very interesting. Rising above every religion, this story can be read for its pure entertainment. Yet, many thought provoking issues do arise.
"You're an idiot, Fazal." The man looked at the demigod with surprised hurt. "You're the worst kind of idiot, the intelligent kind. Dumb idiots wonder if they're idiots briefly and then shrug the idea away and get on with life, but intelligent idiots like yourself actually build a system of arguments proving their own idiocy."
Cannot argue with such philosophies now, can I ? :P
The Other half ..
Feels a big ignored in this story. But then being a demigod, he did not have much of a choice. Maya, his strong supporter, hardly got much of a support in reciprocation. A secondary figure, who is able to complete his loneliness on earth, but not once he comes across as a man in love with a girl. Yes, he crosses realms for her and does seek her out.. but was she only the means for him to show his godliness?
To give the Author his due credit, in the end- Saam does give up a lot for her. Also we have to consider the fact that a man living for 100+ years, will look without having some secrets.
The concept of using a 'ship' to cross over realms is a novel idea in this story. An unique idea. Like the barn in 'Haven'? :) But more innovative and totally unique in its concept. The Captain was the icing on the cake.
The second concept was the epic in robotic form. Who could have thought of that? Whenever a readers reads this genre, they want something different, yet want to cling to the old ideas. This helps us to let our imagination go wild with the old images and putting up new pieces, like decorations, into a new realm. For me, the concept of Kailash, was born from Devo ka Dev; and Warrior made it at par with Olympus.
Trust Indra's son to be equivalent to Hade's son and Poseidon's to be equal to Shiva's. Old imaginations filled with new concepts. What more could a mythology lover like me want?
The twist was superb. The sibling love and jealousy is woven in every page. The ending, though predictable, will make you feel a bit sad. Almost sorry that the antagonist was 'him'. I wanted him to be good. Or am I the only one rooting for the wrong guy? Well, you will have tell me after reading this one.
Check out why I gave four stars here ..