Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver is a exciting book set in Ancient Greece, when Mycane and Crete were ruling the part of the world. The main character, a young goatherd named Hylas, is an orphan and is forced to take care of the village’s goats- against his will. He is forever an Outsider, as he has been branded, and his life gets worse. His friends and sister are attacked by strange warriors set on killing all of the Outsiders. In the midst of the battle, his dog is killed, his sister slips away and he runs off- with an arrow embedded in his arm. This sets the tone of an action-packed book filled with fights, near death and cliff hangers at every chapter.
This book takes place in everywhere from the sea, islands, caves and temples. It brings you places from all over, through the eyes of a young boy and girl. The girl, Pirra, is the High Priestess daughter, who escaped from the temple and made her way to the island. Pirra and Hylas team up to find a way off the abandoned island. Along the way, Hylas ends up with a dagger that is very important- and the strange warriors, known as Crows, want it. He and Pirra have to fight their way off an island against the best warriors in the country. The plot thickens, as several characters allegiances seem to change and unknown stories are revealed in the waning moments of a great first book of the series.
Michelle Paver brings to life an ancient world, and describes each moment vividly, painting an incredibly realistic picture in your head, and the action is so well explained, it’s like you’re standing in the middle of it. The strength of this book is the plotline. It’s like a roller coaster at Six Flags- the story seems to change instantly, but very smoothly. The strength is also a weakness, however. The plotline is so complex that is easy to become lost and confused. If you miss a key part- you will have no clue what’s going on. That is one of the few things I didn’t like about this book- it is tough to just casually read it, you have to be really into it. Other than that, I think it was a very good book and it ended with a question that will have to be answered in the next installment. I would recommend this to fans of Percy Jackson because it is a lot alike- just set a really long time ago. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next book in this series.