The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi
The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi is the second book of Shiva Trilogy series. Continuing the legacy created by “The immortals of Meluha” this books takes forward the story of Shiva set in ancient India, depicting Shiva and all other related characters as normal human being.
The story in this book continues Shiva’s dilemma on what is the greatest evil which he has to end. After destroying Chandravanshi army in “The immortals of Meluha” he realizes that they are not evil. When he saves Sati from a Naga attack and when both King Daksha and Dilipa confirm that Nagas are evil, Shiva ponders whether he will meet the same fate of indecision after fighting Nagas. However, he decides to go on a journey to meet Branga king to find out about Nagas. When he reaches land of Branga, he and his entire convoy is deeply moved by seeing the plight of Brangas, their dying children due to incurable disease. Everyone believes that “Neelkanth” has arrived and they will now be saved, but Shiva is not sure. Branga king gives him a clue that Nagas have a medicine that cures or relieves their pain. Shiva goes in search of Nagas fights dreaded Parashuram and crosses Dandak forest to reach Panchavati where Nagas live. His convoy is attacked with banned Daivi Astra, however, saved by his quick thinking. He finds a very pleasant secret here.
The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi continues war strategies, planning and plotting of war generals as the last book. The description of Branga’s their gates on river Ganga and description of dandak forest is very well though of and written. Amish’s writing style is better in this book especially his choice of words is much better in this episode of Shiva Trilogy. This book is equally fast paced just like the first book in trilogy. Amish has tried to portray all the mythological events giving them a realistic twist and given elaborate scientific concepts for magical or mythical events in the book. This makes a book enjoyable to today’s reader.
Smartbuy rating **** (4/5)