Warrior by Olivier Lafont
Olivier Lafont’s Warrior, is one of those novels that comes as a package, with mythology, thrill, adventure, love and heroism all thrown in together. The language used is the strength of this novel. However, this strength is not strong enough to carry the weight of an irksome plot.
The story is about Saam, a simple watch-mender in Mumbai, who at the onset of cataclysmic destruction, takes it upon himself to save the world from it’s end. The plot unfolds with Saam revealing his demigod capabilities as the son of Shiva and joining forces with his six companions to fight The Enemy.
The narrative moves quickly and before the reader can absorb what’s going on, it takes a new turn. In an attempt to make it racy and thrilling, Lafont has lost out on captivating the reader’s interest. Saam as a hero, fails to impress the way Amish’s Rudra did.
Mythology is a genre that is being explored by many and with Warrior, Lafont tries to join the bandwagon. One of the major flaws of this book is the mishmash of mythical and historical events with recent ones, in order to depict the ongoing conflict between good and evil and the gradual decent towards a hellish end or doomsday.
Published by Penguin
Artika Aurora Bakshi
Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror.
She co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts.
She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance.
Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com.
She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016.
An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members.
Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook.
Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults.
You can reach Artika at email@example.com .