‘The Secrets of the Nagas’, by Amish proceeds from the trail left in the ‘The Immortals of Meluha’. At the conclusion in Meluha, Sati was abducted by the surreptitious Naga warrior and the central crux of this subsequent book is Shiva’s mission to catch the chasing evil, while lifting the shadowy shroud of the Naga. He also has to avenge the slaying of his beloved associate Brahaspati, who considered him as his brother.
Shiva chooses to visit the Ram temple at Ayodhya while struggling to understand if the Chandravanshis are indeed as evil as the Suryavanshis make them out to be. Near the Ram temple, he sees an assassin waiting behind a tree following Sati, who quickly escapes in a horse on getting spotted. Shiva’s quest to discern the unrequited obscurities lead him to the Naga queen and the Lord of the People in the surreptitiously shielded deep jungles of Panchvati, the land of Nagas, after stopovers in Swadweep, Kashi and Branga.
The book keeps on moving forward and a lot of queries that the reader has in mind will be revealed along with surprises and some sub plots brought to their coherent inference within this volume and finishes with a fine twist. The protagonists of the first book have come near to being rogues while the so called evils have become champions and have become the reliable associates.
In contrast to the uncertain bucolic tribal Shiva of the first book, Shiva here is much more self-confident, having taken the role of being a protector comfortably. The journey of each mythical personality related to Shiva is well developed and have been presented in a totally coherent style.
Shiva gets to comprehend and study the essential dichotomy of existence, the need of both good and evil, the concurrence of male and female part in the creation and much more. The author has plaited the philosophy of the immoral and virtuousness gracefully with a concoction of adventure and excitement. The combat sequences have been well described with where you can virtually envision each sequence.
Amish is a good storyteller with an eye for detail which bonds with the reader and an exceptionally engaging elegance in writing with perfect lucidity on his feelings. The writer has done a admirable job by exquisitely reconstructing legends and tales about Shiva and his ‘ganas’ giving them life in this book, with an intriguing tale while making it very interesting, inspite of parallel story lines.
The reader would already be used to the language by now. The story is a fast paced mythical thriller with a dash of wit, action, passion, intrigues, conspiracies and subplots. The writer has a firm control on the flow of the book with the narrative intensely impelling and astonishing to the reader.
This incredible sequel is certainly a must read. Even if you you’re not a great aficionado of mythology and don’t even know who Shiva is, you can still relish the story and if you do have indepth knowledge of the folklore surrounding Shiva, you will marvel at the way the countless legends come together in this saga.