The Warrior – Ty Patterson

Put simply, this is one of the best books that I have read in a long time.

The plot is tightly woven and the action fast-paced right from the first page. The cast of characters is well-drawn and sketched out just enough to leave me with lots of questions and not over-burdened with back story. Being dropped in to the middle of things rather than having any build up is a risky plot device if it’s not handled well and there are a lot of things to learn from the way the author handled the first few chapters.

One of the book’s main strengths is the tone of voice which, for me, perfectly captured the personality of the main character. I would definitely recommend it to people who are interested in seeing how to convey information about their characters without using lots of descriptive paragraphs. To be honest I’m still analysing quite how it works myself because it is so effortlessly good.

It’s not a massively long book but by the final chapters I really felt that I knew the ‘hero’ and then, when it came to the last pages, realised just how little I actually did know. The not knowing had not in any way detracted from enjoying what had gone before but added a lovely dimension to the final resolution.

It’s almost impossible to talk plot without giving spoilers but I cared about the ending. I was willing it to go a certain way. And everything else that I’ve started to say here would give too much away, so I’m afraid you’ll need to find out for yourself.

I gather that the author will be publishing something new later this year and I’ll definitely buy it.

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