Having read the first two books in the trilogy with rapt, spellbound attention, we eagerly await the release of The Oath of the Vayuputras, the third book in the Shiva trilogy. The book, set to launch on the 27th of February, 2013, is expected to be an even bigger success than its predecessors. Bookstores- both online and offline have opened up pre-orders for the book, and readers all over the country, are waiting to get their hands on a copy. Click here, to pre-order your copy through our sellers.
With beautifully intricate plots, that effortlessly work themselves into the warp and weft of the fabric of Indian history and mythology, the first two books have laid a firm foundation for the third one to build on. For those of you who haven’t read them yet, here’s what you’ve been missing…
Set in what history calls the Indus Valley Civilization, is the fictitious kingdom of Meluha- a perfect kingdom, said to be created by Lord Ram. In the first book, this seemingly perfect civilization is plagued by conflict, imperilled by mysterious enemies, and faced with the reality of the Saraswati- the kingdom’s primary river, drying up. The tale begins, with the inhabitants of Meluha, waiting for their fabled saviour- Neelkanth. At the heart of the plot, is the character of Shiva, a Tibetan tribal chief, who, with his tribe in tow, follows Nandi- an emissary of the King, to Meluha. On his arrival, Shiva consumes the Somras, an elixir responsible for the immortality of the Meluhans, but fatal in its undiluted form. But instead of affecting him, the Somras heals his wounds and turns his throat blue. The Meluhans then recognize him as their fabled saviour, and as with many other mythical heroes, greatness is thrust upon him.
The second book begins where the first one ended- with Shiva rescuing his wife Sati (the Meluhan princess, who is revealed to be a Vikarma in the first book) from a Naga. The second book sees several twists and turns in the plot. Sati discovers kin among the Nagas, in Kali, her many-armed twin, who was banished by her father King Daksha, for being born deformed. Kali is now the queen of the Nagas. Sati also finds out that her first child, Ganesh, who was also banished, and believed to be dead, is alive and with the Nagas. It is in this second book, that we see Amish’s initial idea, to write a book on the philosophy of evil, truly come to life. In The Secret of the Nagas, Shiva’s army aligns with a people who were previously believed to be the enemy- the Nagas.
The trilogy uses characters from Hindu mythology, as well newer characters created by the author. It’s fascinating to see how mythological characters such as Nandi, Veer Bhadra, Daksha, and Brihaspati, and the actual landscape of India, have been woven into the plot to create a fascinating, intricate, and strange, yet believable landscape, that plays canvas to the Shiva trilogy.
Will the third book introduce new characters? Who will decide the fate of the Meluhans? With the astounding success of the first two books in the trilogy, the excitement surrounding the release of the third book is only understandable.
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