Just downloaded and read first chapter of the book and let me assure you this is really looking a great trilogy.
Update: Finished reading ‘The secret of the Nagas’ and let me tell you it is much better and gripping than the first book ‘The immortals of meluha’.
In this book a great secret of the secret about ‘Nagas’ is revealed and in the process everywhere it is mentioned that ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ are nothing but two sides of the coin.
The secret is maintained in a very gripping manner and you cannot put down the book unless you finish it.
I was super tempted in between to directly read the last chapter as I could not hold my anxiety. Thankfully I avoided the temptation of directly reading the ending.
This book introduces two new prominent characters like ‘Serpent queen’ and ‘The serpent with the Aum Symbol’. All mythological references are very beautifully interwoven and new logical meaning is provided. Awesome is the word from my side.
I would any day prefer reading about Shiva Trilogy than reading/watching any other series. (be it harry potter/indiana jones).
Couple of trailers for the secret of the nagas:
Somras : My personal favourite trailer. (Somras: The Elixir of Immortality, The Drink of the Gods)
Much awaited Book 2 in Shiva Trilogy after the huge success of The Immortals of Meluha. (I think first time in indian fiction history someone is allowing pre-order option for books. I may be wrong on first time part.)
Today, He is a God.
4000 years ago, He was just a man.
The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain.
The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere. A kingdom is dying as it is held to ransom for a miracle drug. A crown prince is murdered. The Vasudevs – Shiva’s philosopher guides – betray his unquestioning faith as they take the aid of the dark side. Even the perfect empire, Meluha is riddled with a terrible secret in Maika, the city of births. Unknown to Shiva, a master puppeteer is playing a grand game.
In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries – only to find that nothing is what it seems.
Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.
The Shiva Trilogy abounds with a wide variety of characters. You would have heard of many of them in the Indian myths. A few of them however, are completely imaginary. The key characters that drive the story are listed below.
Shiva: Shiva was the Chief of the Guna tribe at Mount Kailash, before he decided to emigrate from his Tibetan homeland. In ancient North India, the land of the Sapt Sindhu, Shiva was recognised as the prophesied destroyer of Evil due to his Neel Kanth, his blue throat.
Sati: Sati was the princess of Meluha and the daughter of Emperor Daksha. Despite being a princess, she was discriminated against as a Vikarma – a carrier of bad fate – which made her an untouchable. Undeterred by this, Shiva wooed and married her.
Daksha: The Emperor of Meluha. He was the prime mover of the project to find the Neelkanth.
Parvateshwar: The strict and law-abiding Meluhan General was an ideal Suryavanshi. He did not believe in the Neelkanth legend initially. However, he did come to believe in the personage of Shiva, becoming one his most ardent devotees.
The Naga with the serpent Aum symbol: Note from Amish: Sorry guys. I cannot say anything about him till after you have read The Secret of the Nagas. But he is one of the most interesting characters of the trilogy for me.
Nandi: A Captain in the Meluhan army. Nandi is the man who discovers the Guna tribal who becomes the Neelkanth, Shiva. Nandi remained amongst Shiva’s most loyal followers throughout his life.
Bhagirath: The Prince of Swadweep and the son of Emperor Dilipa. A pragmatic and brave man, we will get to know him much more in The Secret of the Nagas. He has an important role to play in the trilogy.
Anandmayi: The Princess of Swadweep and the daughter of Emperor Dilipa. Passionate, mercurial and intelligent, Anandmayi makes for the perfect Chandravanshi.
Bhadra: Brave and loyal, Bhadra was a member of the Guna tribe and Shiva’s childhood friend from Mount Kailash. He travelled with Shiva wherever he went.
Krittika: Krittika was the handmaiden of the Meluhan Princess, Sati. She eventually fell in love with and married Bhadra, Shiva’s childhood friend.