Friday, 11 May 2012

The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2) - Amish Tripathi

Today, He is a God.

4000 years ago, He was just a man.

The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain.

The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere. A kingdom is dying as it is held to ransom for a miracle drug. A crown prince is murdered. The Vasudevs Shivas philosopher guides betray his unquestioning faith as they take the aid of the dark side. Even the perfect empire, Meluha is riddled with a terrible secret in Maika, the city of births. Unknown to Shiva, a master puppeteer is playing a grand game.

In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries only to find that nothing is what it seems.

Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.

Amish Tripathi

Review :

As usual , the sequel disappoints to meet up with the expectations generated by its prequel.The book vividly describes the journey of Lord Shiva, through various parts of the country. Various mysteries including Lord Ganesh and Kali are solved.Though the book lacks intense subject, the author manages to keep the readers engaged with his plots and mysteries.Lots of characters like Bhagirath, Uttanka, Anandmayi add spice to the story. Lord Shiva continues to get different premonitions for which there are no explanations still. Lord Daksha's mask is unveiled as the emperor is forced to commit sins due to circumstances.Sati's heroics withthe lions is note - worthy. The relationship between Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh after Shiva learns about his true identity is a treat to read as Ganesh throws all he has to impress his dad.

The narration could have been more clear and descriptive. Certain places could have been trimmed as it accounts for lack of pace and makes the readers feel bored.

The explosive attack on Shiva's troops rises suspicion on the Nagas though the Nagas help in Shiva's counter - attack.The end as usual is a cliff - hanger as Shiva learns a surprising secret in the Naga territory.A must - read novel though not upto the expectations.Hope he makes up with his third book as a lot of mysteries have to be solved.

Rating: 3.7/5

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