The first few pages of “The Archer” by Paulo Coelho constantly reminded me of Dronacharya, the master of advanced military arts from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. But the shadow of an epic didn’t plague my mind for too long. From what starts of as an intriguing story of a mysterious ace archer, the book soon descends into a collection of motivational quotes.

The Archer is more of a self-help book than the “literary fiction” genre it’s categorised in. Tetsuya the protagonist, who is supposedly the best archer in the world, shares his wisdom on how to be great with the bow. His advice can be applicable to day-to-day life. The very little action that takes place in this book unfolds only in the 7-8 pages of the prologue, the meat of the book is just filled with inspirational advice that you’ve probably already heard or read from here and there.

The hardback edition I own had some really simple and nice paintings interspersed with Coelho’s words of wisdom. I just wish there was more story to it. As a reader, you are misled into believing this is ficion. It’s a 3 on 5 from me.