The Shiva Trilogy is a series of three fantasy myth novels by Amish Tripathi. I tried to avoid reading this book but eventually I did fell prey to the so called ‘positive reviews’ and some really good marketing by Amish. I am going to review all three books here:
The Immortal of Meluha
The Immortals of Meluha is the first novel of the Shiva trilogy series. The story is set in 1900 BC at the land of Meluha and starts with the arrival of the Shiva who is a
Tibetan immigrant. The Meluhans believe that Shiva is their legendary redeemer. Shiva decides to help the Meluhans in their war against the Chandravanshis, who had joined forces with a cursed Nagas , an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills!; however, during his journey and the fight that succeeds, Shiva learns how his choices actually reflect who he aspires to be and how they lead to dire consequences.
The book is based on the belief that perhaps the actions, the deeds and karma are the only deciding factors in transforming an ordinary man to Mahadev – God of Gods.
I liked the idea and concept. Teenagers today feel out of touch with their roots, and while mythology and Gods and the various rituals make up a huge part of our parents’ life, it is sadly lacking in ours. I do have seen the Ramayana re-runs when I was young, but since we are mostly proud in calling ourselves atheists, this wonderful history of ours has been denied to us.
What I didn’t like Mr Amish Tripathi’s writing style. Also, I did feel that the language was a tad too ‘modern’ – and somewhat out of place in the context of the time period he is writing about. You just can’t use, “Okay” and “fuck” in the BC era. It does not seem the least authentic and dismembers the whole book. I would have preferred something more professional and elegant.
Overall, an okayish book that could have been wrote in better ways. Read it for the pure joy of the story, and try to ignore the words.
My Rating 2.5/5
The Secret of Nagas
The Secret of the Nagas is the second novel of the Shiva trilogy series.. It begins from where its predecessor, The Immortals of Meluha, left off, with Shiva trying to save Sati from the invading Naga. Later Shiva takes his troop of soldiers and travels Far East to the land of Branga, where he wishes to find a clue to reach the Naga people. Shiva also learns that Sati’s first child is still alive, as well as her twin sister. His journey ultimately leads him to the Naga capital of Panchavati, where he finds a surprise waiting for him.
In spite of not being enamoured with the first book, I read the secret of nagas just to satisfy my curiosity of how the author managed to progress the plot in the book 2 of the trilogy. To cut a long story short, I’m disappointed. The book was just too formulaic. That is not to say that it is not a good read – it is just that I was expecting the second book to be better than the first in some ways at least, and quite frankly, it is not. Even though “The Secret of the Nagas” try to bring as many twist and turns as possible to the story you can smell all the big twists from a mile away so these twists are not the highlight of this book. So don’t expect to be surprised, what you can expect however is an enjoyable read which keeps your attention despite the flaws.
My rating 2.5/5
The Oath of Vauputras
The Oath of the Vayuputras is the final book in his Shiva trilogy. Starting from where the previous installment left off, Shiva discovers that Somras is the true evil in The Oath of the Vayuputras. Shiva then declares a holy war on those who seek to continue to use it, mainly the Emperors Daksha and Dilipa, who are being controlled by the sage Bhrigu. The battle rages on and Shiva travels to the land of Pariha to consult with Vayuputras, a legendary tribe. By the time he returns, the war has ended with Sati, his wife, being murdered. An enraged Shiva destroys the capital of Meluha and Somras is wiped out of history. The story concludes with Shiva and his associates being popularized as Gods for their deeds and accomplishments.
“Lord Ram, have mercy!” on those who attempt to read the third instalment. A funky mix of pseudo-science, pseudo-history and pseudo-mythology, The Oath of the Vayuputras marks a new low for this trilogy. By the time I reached page no 91 (chapter#7) I closed the book and regretting that I ever started reading it. After gathering some courage next day when I resumed the reading I knew what to expect. The character of Shiva built-up so beautifully earlier to become “Mahadev’, failed so miserably at the end by becoming a revengeful husband and seized for personal vendetta only. What a waste. The destroyer of evil became the destroyer of everything else. Basically a promising hero becomes a zero.
The direct usage of the terminologies such as oxygen, CO2, antioxidant etc. (which came into exist during 18th century AD only) made me really irritated throughout the reading. He should have used some similar references from Sanskrit (pran-vayu for oxygen, antah-upayachak for antioxidant etc.) or at least he could have created new terminologies but I guess the author wanted an easy way out and ignored the demand of authenticity of language and terminologies that is required in writing such huge and complex subject.
My rating : 1/5
The first two books are okay written, introducing Lord Shiva nicely and Sati as well. Third book had too much hype and media hype but disappointing in the end. Apart from the alternate version of the mythology, there is nothing fresh to read. I had to skim large portions of the book as it was rather pedantic and dull.
“The opposite of love is not hate. Hate is just love gone bad. The actual opposite of love is apathy.”
And that pretty much sums up my feelings for this trilogy – not love, not hate. Just apathy.
Overall trilogy rating : 2.5/5