Book: Shiva Trilogy Author: Amish Tripathi Genre: Fiction(Mythology)
Neither I am an atheist nor someone who can describe the verses of Mahabharata or Ramayana at the tip of my fingers. I bought the first book of Shiva Trilogy which is “The Immortals of Maluha” for two reasons. One, that I liked the cover page while going through many books on the shelf of a bookshop and second that my sister pointed twice towards it. Few books of Indian authors that I read before this one, really made me question my choice of randomly picking up books. However, I am delighted that I decided to buy this trilogy.
I am not overstating when I say that the point at which the first novel ends, you fanatically look for part 2 because you get so hooked up with the story.
Many centuries ago in 1900 BC, a story unfolds with the main character called Shiva. The story is set in a place called Maluha. A young Tibetan tribal named Shiva reaches in Maluha soon to discover that he is the legendary Neelkanth who is predicted to be the savior of Suryavanshis. Twists and the turns of the story will really keep you glued to the books. The first book of the series is the best one. The series of this novel has all the elements in it to be a best seller. The story has love, mystery, secret, war and philosophy all in one package. In the second book, Shiva is on a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India. The final part of the trilogy reveals the last and the vigorous journey that Shiva undertakes in order to destroy the evil.
What I did not like about the trilogy.
By the time I reached the third part of the novel, my interest started subsiding. I somehow did not find the last part as engaging as the first one. I was expecting more from the last part of this trilogy but I was really disappointed with it.
The author is a brilliant imaginative storyteller who understands the younger age group’s modern outlook and blends it perfectly with ancient folklore. I would without a doubt recommend this trilogy to be there in your book collection. Reading about the mythological characters that you have heard of in your childhood through your grandparents or parents is certainly a perk which is why you instantly connect with the thought process of the writer. Author’s books portray his belief that religiosity and liberalism go hand in hand.
Don’t forget to read my review on Mrs. Funnybones.