‘The Sleeping Warrior’ is Sara Bain’s debut novel. Published in paperback last year, I was very kindly sent a copy by Matthew Smith. I love crime fiction and the paranormal so really wanted to read this book, plus I was also hearing good things about it.
Libby Butler’s life is in a bit of a mess. Working as a solicitor in a prestigious London law firm her career appears to be at a standstill. Her rather ill-advised affair with her boss isn’t really doing her any good either. To top it all off Libby has a terrifying encounter in a park late at night with what is presumed to be the Vampire Killer, an evil knife-wielding maniac. She is lucky to escape but this incident obviously knocks her for six and does nothing for her confidence.
Desperate to pick up the pieces of her life, duty calls Libby to the cells of a Metropolitan police station in the darkest hours of the night. There Libby meets mysterious and enigmatic stranger Gabriel Radley, a man who is on intimate terms with danger and who somehow manages to escape police custody. Gabriel is searching for a Stone which he has lost, its value apparently beyond human imagining.
Libby sensing a chance at redemption agrees to help Gabriel find it, but unwittingly plunges headfirst into a series of events that threaten to tear her world apart. A cult called the Awakened, a gangland thug, a deadly female assassin, a dedicated detective and even the Vampire Killer, all somehow become embroiled in the chase for the Stone and influenced by the elemental force that is Gabriel. As the death toll rises will the killer be found?
I thought ‘The Sleeping Warrior’ was an absolutely brilliant read. In fact it was even better than I expected it to be. Sara Bain definitely tells a good story, so much so that I found myself instantly drawn to it. I’m not actually a big fan of fantasy but it really worked in this book.
In the first chapter the reader is introduced to Gabriel Radley. There was certainly a mystery surrounding him and I very was eager to find out what it was. I think he was really good for Libby and helped her quite a bit.
Some of where the story was set and other areas mentioned in this book aren’t actually far from where I live at all and being that I was already totally engrossed, I found it all a little bit surreal. It was as if the murders and other events that took place had actually happened. That wasn’t the case though luckily. There were a number of unsavoury characters who I really wouldn’t have wanted to meet.
This was an exciting, fast-paced and thrilling story which kept me on tenterhooks. I’m so glad that I have Sara Bain’s next novel, ‘The Ghost Tree’ to read.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
‘The Sleeping Warrior’ is available to buy from:-
Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/the-sleeping-warrior/