Book Review – The Oath Of Vayuputras – Amish Tripathi

imagesAlmost every reader who likes to read mythological fiction keeps a track of titles coming in and Amish Tripathi who is considered as the trendsetter of this genre, his latest offering is the third and concluding book of the epic Shiva Trilogy, namely The Oath Of Vayuputras which was one of the most anticipated books of 2013. The Immortals Of Meluha and The Secret Of Nagas have crossed 1 million sales mark which is clearly a landmark for the Indian Publishing Industry. Readers across the country including me were dying to lay their hands on this 600 page, mammoth size book which was scheduled to be released in February 2013 but got delayed because Amish didn’t want to leave any stone unturned to finish this saga.

The Evil, which has been constantly talked about in the first two books of the trilogy gets finally revealed in The Oath Of The Vayuputras in the first 50 pages of the book when Shiva meets Brihaspati in the Naga Capital, Panchvati. Also, Shiva’s entourage is attacked by the allied forces. Shiva gathers his forces, Battles are fought, allies are formed and also Vayuputras come into the picture.

This book worked for me in parts but not as a whole. Though I clearly understand that Amish wanted to tie all the loose ends of the story with this one but  I think as a reader it went a bit overboard for me. While both the earlier parts of the trilogy were fast paced and unputdownable, The Oath Of Vayuputras disappointed me in some ways. The reason could be because I was expecting too much out of it and somewhere down the line it didn’t satisfy me. But then its a personal opinion.

Had this book been some 100 pages shorter with a bit less of mythology and philosophy it might have worked for me in a better way but then I must mention Sati and the way her character is developed in this book. Also, Kartik who plays a vital role in the book comes across as a breathe of fresh air.

When it comes to language of the book, it is simple and relatable and traps you from the very beginning which is why Amish Tripathi works for most of the readers. Anyone and everyone can read his books and find them appealing. I recently went to its Delhi launch where Amish candidly shared his experiences while writing this one and also signed my copy! 🙂

Having said all this, I am already looking forward to Amish’s next series and would recommend a reader who has just began reading or a person who reads occasionally to pick up the entire Shiva Trilogy. Its simplicity and honesty would definitely leave a mark on your heart and mind.

Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Westland Books
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 978-93-82618-34-8

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