Reviewed by Danielle Pinzon for Readers' Favorite
The Sleeping Warrior is a fantasy-mystery novel by Sara Bain and introduces you quickly to the mystery and the crime. Consulting lawyer Libby Butler is asked to come in at the dead of night to help London police charge a suspect in the murders of several women in the area. What she meets is definitely not something she is prepared for. A young man who introduced himself as Gabriel Radley is a mystery, both in appearance and in origin, and it's only Libby's instincts that tell of his innocence. When a policewoman is found dead not long after their meeting, Gabriel asks for Libby's help to recover a stone that would aid in the capture of a monstrous evil that no one would be prepared for. What follows is a story filled with action, suspense, and mystery as Libby tries her best to do the right thing, despite the fragile threads of her life coming apart.
I particularly enjoyed The Sleeping Warrior, not only because of the mystery and fantasy element, but the way Bain described her characters. Bain demonstrates a talent for characterization that is easy to relate to, despite the fantasy element. Amidst the whimsical and imaginative world of cults and the suggestion of higher powers, the core of The Sleeping Warrior is discovering and making peace with oneself. This element made the book remarkable in its own right.