Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Conspiracy at Meru by Shatrujeet Nath

"Vikramaditya Veergatha" by Shtrujeet Nath has taken the first place in the favorite read of India mythological thriller genre. Where the first part was the start of the action thriller, the second one was the mix of politics, emotions, war and action.

Book blurb
VICTORY IS TEMPORARY. THE BATTLE IS ETERNAL.
Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.
The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.
Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva?
The Conspiracy at Meru started after Marutas' attack on Ujjaini. Ujjaini was badly affected by attacks of Ashwins and Marutas. Many citizens were deserting cities, while many were giving support to Vikramaditya and stayed in Ujjaini. The positive point was new found power in his nine counselors. As Shukracharya mentioned in the first part, counselors possessed nine powerful pearls which could increase their strength multifold and could give them supernatural powers. On the western borders, the threat of Huna was getting strong. Information from Huna scout was really shocking to Avanthi. In spite of attacks from Deva and Asura, Avanti went to help the Anarta Federation to fight the Huna forces coming via sea. Jayanta, son of Indra, came to Ujjaini to destroy human king to prove his superiority to India. Indra went to Kubera to get help to ruin Vikramaditya moral. King Harihara tried something which would weaken forces of united Bharatvarsha under Avanti. And so on...

I would say there were multiple threads going in parallel but each one is as interesting as the whole story. Though the flow of writing of this series is scattered, it would not make you put it once you start reading it. Author has wonderfully used characters from Indian mythology and created a gripping story for readers. Gauging the story and pace, I think Vikramaditya Veergatha won't be a trilogy, and I won't surprise if the author will come with more than 5 volume in the series. 

Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover - 5 / 5
  2. Characters - 5 / 5
  3. Storyline - 4.5 / 5 (Somewhat jumbled up)
  4. Concept - 5 / 5 (Something new)
  5. Overall - 5 / 5
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Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads 

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