Disclaimer: There aren’t any spoilers in this book review. If you haven’t read the book you can still continue reading the review.
The Oath of the Vayuputras is the final edition of Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripati, a book that is creating history in the Indian literature. To summarize the book in one sentence, I would say, The Oath of the Vayuputras is a beautifully written & gripping novel, but with a disappointing end.
The story begins where it was left in the second book, The Secret of the Nagas. Shiva discovers his friend Brahaspati is still alive and the reason of him being still alive. Shiva finally discovers evil and I must say the interpretation of evil by Amish is brilliant. According to the author evil and good are nothing but two sides of the same coin. Evil serves its purpose & its actually the good that turns evil.
Shiva consults the Vasudev Pandits to finalize on evil & there we come to know how Shiva became the Neelkanth. From there on Shiva beings to gather all his possible forces for a holy war against the evil. But things are not easy for the Mahadev as he finds two of the greatest and largest empires of India have allied against him. At a point of time Shiva realizes he needs the support of the Vayuputras, else he cannot win the battle.
The chapter where Sati, the better half of Shiva fights with the Egyptians is my favorite part of the book. Sati, the warrior princess and her skills are perfectly described here. Its this part of the book that makes Sati the hero in the fight against evil. What makes me feel the book has a disappointing end is that, in the final act Shiva himself breaks one of Lord Ram`s principle. Throughout the journey Shiva believes the good has to overcome the evil in the right manner, but this doesn’t happen in his final act. In the earlier stage of the book, Shiva has to take a decision on Lord Partheswar, General of the Meluhan army. He doesn’t allow his anger to make the decision & that was the true mark of the Mahadev, god of the gods. But unfortunately he is unable to do the same in the final act. I wouldn’t want to discuss this part much as I am afraid I may give out the story and I hope I haven’t given out anything so far. 😛
From the literature point of view, Amish`s books may lack a little but this has been made up by his excellent story telling skills. There are moments in this book that will surely make your hairs stand. Some people did find this book too long. Well I personally didn’t feel so. It starts on a slow pace and gains pace as the story goes forward. But yes some parts of the book could have been omitted, some parts did need more explanation and some characters did need more focus. When compared to the earlier books, The Immortals of the Meluha and The Secrets of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras is a little let down only due to the ending. But overall its a good read.
You can read my review on the earlier two books, The Immortals of the Meluha and The Secrets of the Nagas hereShiva Trilogy: Book Review.
The universe bows to Lord Shiva. I bow to Lord Shiva. Har Har Mahadev. 😀
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