Warrior Child (Excalibur Saga Book 3)

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
189 Pages
Reviewed on 12/08/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Karrin: Warrior Child is a short work of fantasy fiction written by author Sahara Foley, and it forms book three of the Excalibur Saga. Not suitable for younger readers, the book contains adult themes, sexual abuse themes and violence from the start, as our young heroine Karrin suffers at the hands of the guards in a bleak home for unwanted children. After escaping their clutches, more horror awaits the young girl, as we discover that she is the central target of a bounty hunter from a far off planet. Karrin’s origins lie beyond the stars, but in her journey of discovering herself, she might just lose her life.

Part gritty urban survival tale, part far off planet fantasy drama, this unusual mixture of genres worked really well to create an enjoyable story. The central plot of the novel was resolved quite quickly in a fast-paced read, and author Sahara Foley did a great job in creating the initial terrifying situation that traumatized the poor orphaned Karrin. The supporting characters, both good and bad, were described with a childlike atmosphere which really added to the effect of Karrin’s helplessness, and as the novel progresses we’re able to see how she draws strength from old abuses and dark memories to become the Warrior Child of the novel’s title. Overall, I’d recommended Karrin: Warrior Child as a great standalone novel suitable for adults, and those able to cope with its darker themes will find a gritty but rewarding hero tale for the modern age.

Diksha Sundriyal

Karrin: Warrior Child (Excalibur Saga Book 3) by Sahara Foley tells the story of a young girl named Karrin who is sent to live in a horrible place after she is found washed up on a beach. The six-year-old kid struggles to find the strength to keep herself going in this new place, but the Matron and the guards might as well be the agents of purgatory on Earth. They torture her, and other kids, in the cruelest of ways, feeding them filthy food and making them work hard in serving their own, selfish purposes. However, Karrin finds a good person among the monsters, someone who helps her tackle the daily miseries of her wretched life. What Karrin and her guardian angel don’t know is that a greater danger is making its way towards her.

Sahara Foley has created a complicated world in her Excalibur Saga, a world that amplifies the flaws of our own world ten-fold, showing us a picture of what it could be. The characters in Karrin: Warrior Child are intricately drawn and induce strong feelings in the reader for themselves, be it the sentiment of deep sympathy or unrelenting hatred. The writing is simple, yet does not linger on the point of being mundane to detract the interest of its audience. There is a good amount of abusive language in it, and it portrays violence as a recurring theme. So, some people might not find it appealing. However, if you do choose to look beyond this, the book promises a solid story with relevant issues embedded in it.

Faridah Nassozi

In Karrin: Warrior Child (Excalibur Saga Book 3) by Sahara Foley, Karrin was delivered to the Home marked as an unwanted and a retard, which was the worst position to be in. Soon the young girl, with no knowledge of her past, discovered that the Home was a wicked place where the kids were treated worse than criminals in a maximum security prison. Luck, however, found her when she was immediately assigned to the kitchen where Cook took an instant liking to her. Something about the little girl told Cook that she was no retard and she was special. Cook felt a strong need to protect the girl at all costs. However, there were powerful enemies searching for her and they would do anything to put an end to her existence. Heartbreaking sacrifices will have to be made to ensure her safety and guide her to her destiny.

Sahara Foley crafted one hell of a story and brought it to life vividly. The dystopian setting of the Home was very gut-wrenching but it was necessary. Seeing what was supposed to be a safe haven for the kids turning out to be hell broke my heart but even more because of the realization that the setting imitated conditions in the real-life foster care system, especially in group homes. The character development in the story is commendable. The different residents in the Home added a layer of intrigue and suspense, as did the different planets and their inhabitants. Karrin is unlike any other character I have encountered before; she is surreal and yet completely believable. I could easily picture her with a look of defiance in her eyes.