The first book, The Immortals of Meluha, presented the transformation of a Tibetan barbarian (Shiva) into Neelkanth, the Mahadev, who had had a tough job in his hands – elimination of evil.
The second, The Secret of Nagas, unexpectedly changed the face of the Evil turning good into Evil and Evil into Good with Shiva, the living God Neelkanth, leading from the front.
The third and the last installment of Shiva Triology, The Oath of the Vayuputras, goes a leap ahead and challenges what the earlier books had proclaimed avowedly – the reincarnation of Shiva (don’t worry I won’t reveal the suspense).
The story begins precisely from the point; the Secret of Nagas had ended. A new evil was identified (I am sure nobody would have expected that). Shiva, who has established himself as a living God not by progeny but by his sheer ability to lead the mission of eliminating Evil, declares a war against the greatest evil, finally emerging as a winner though at the cost of bloodshed, lives of his loved ones and unlimited violence.
Though Amish, in his latest book shatters his own previous theories; Shiva, the Mahadev, continues to grow in stature and respect as a living God who can go to any extent to eliminate evil from the face of earth without bothering about the price he may have to pay for it.
Now the literary aspects; writing has greatly improved in terms of language and narration though some of you may like the previous style of narration which was racy and dramatic. Thickness of the books (around 500 odd pages) may be a turn off to begin with but the mystery created by its predecessor would help you overcome your procrastination, created by the number of pages.
What I liked the most in the book is the portrayal of the protagonist and other central characters. Shiva, a living God, sings perfect classical notes, doesn’t hesitate to romance publicly (even his friend asks him to find a room when he kisses Sati on an open deck of ship) and dances to the tunes (you must have read in the first book). While one side of his is vulnerable and gets hurt when his close friend and follower (name upheld) chooses to fight for Adharmies (Evil), another side lets him go and join the opponents voluntarily.
The narration and descriptions never lose plot when it comes to characterization. Throughout the book, you will find Ganesh, the elder son of Shiva, a sensible, compassionate but a skilled and strong warrior who makes every effort to avoid a war. On the other hand, his younger brother, Kartik, is brave and brutal. War is his only Karma.
See how he motivates his army minutes before wading a war:
“You have to fight to the end; until they are finished. I don’t want prisoners. I want them dead. If anyone takes the side of Evil, they forfeit the right to live.”
The best narration comes out during war descriptions. The picturization is elaborate and exquisite. It is so lively that even the readers can feel a rush of adrenaline through their veins.
The repetitive details and unnecessary discussions can make you feel sleepy at times (during initial pages) but the eagerness to explore the secrets that run along will keep you interested and intended.
Your book shelf is incomplete without The Oath of the Vayuputras, especially it features its predecessors. Get this book for a fitting finish to the Shiva Triology.
Author: Amish Tripathi
Paperback: 565 Pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars