- Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA (December 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143423630
- ISBN-13: 978-0143423638
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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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.
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 ..
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.