The Secret of the Nagas is the second book in the Shiva Trilogy series authored by Amish Tripathi. It’s a Historical/Mythological Thriller set in ancient India. After I finished reading the first book, I just had to pick up this second book and start reading it immediately to find out what happens next. And the book didn’t disappoint me!
Story-wise, The Secret of the Nagas, is even better than the first book, The Immortals of Meluha. It didn’t feel slow or slacking, unlike the first book where some initial chapters seemed to move slow. I have already bought and am reading the third book – such is the intensity of the story and suspense in this series. The ending of this book, especially, was unexpected and a total surprise.
There were a few loopholes though. How someone would decide to take a one-year long arduous journey through the forest without even knowing what they are expecting to gain, is beyond me. The book is titled ‘the secret of the nagas’ but it doesn’t reveal the secret. OK, the secret is revealed, but not the story behind the secret!
The quest of the lord to find what is evil is very interesting. Because along with the Neelkanth, we too are perplexed. Only if we know what evil is, we can fight it – right? Even after two books, the author doesn’t reveal what evil is, and I think it’s a very clever strategy.
I am not sure how much of the historical information/setting given in this book is correct, but the author has succeeded in narrating a gripping story and in making me believe in the historical setting and characters – that’s sufficient for me to keep reading. Let’s see what surprises the third book brings. Am reading it now, so will review that one also shortly 🙂