#2 THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS

This is the book #2 of the SHIVA TRILOGY which I am reading at the moment. I managed to finish book #2, despite my best attempt to slow down, and started the final of the trilogy right away.

There is a note from the author which says that you can read this book as a continuation from book #1, or you can read it on its own. I beg to differ; please read The Immortals of Meluha, and then continue with The Secret of the Nagas. You would really enjoy the story and plot much better in that way. I am very sure you don’t want to miss anything and everything in the first book, and the suspenseful end which continues to book #2 is simply marvelous.

Moving on to the book, this one from the trilogy moves at a faster pace, with more suspense, more characters and greater revelations in the plot. Shiva and Sati’s love is tested with new relationships; and Brahaspati’s murderer comes into the picture. Who is the Queen of the Nagas, and why does she resemble princess Sati so startlingly?

Parshuram, the terrifying bandit allied with the Nagas finds his path crossing with the great Neelkanth; King Daksha proves to be a mere man, and the Evil is finally revealed!

It is up to Shiva now to draw the battle plan and the entire India is to take sides; towards the Evil, or to surrender to the Lord Neelkanth, the foreign savior of mankind.

The plot moves at a steady but exciting pace, and the characters introduced are given due justice with their own background and reasoning. The romance between Shiva and Sati continues to sizzle; I find it so hard not to think and smile of them sometimes.

Sometimes, when the entire chapter seems so grim and devastating, I find that Sati’s simple smile and Shiva’s understanding nod towards each other simply brightens up the whole journey.

Even the uptight Meluhan general, Parvataeshwar succumbs to the force of love when he meets the beautiful but “handful” Anandmayi, the Swadweep princess.

Funny ways of love’s doing. 🙂 🙂 🙂

More glimpses of Shiva’s painful past is told, the memory that plagues him to the man he has become. As the end of the book approaches, more and more characters are forced to confront the ultimate question: will there be a war, and on whose side will they be?

Is Lord Neelkanth truly the next Mahadev?