Amish Tripathi

Book Review-THE OATH OF THE VAYUPUTRA BY AMISH TRIPATHI

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Part 3 of the “shiva” trilogy is something I had to read to cure my curiosity after mildly enjoying the first and second  book in this series.

STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS

Shiva is gathering his forces. He reaches the Naga capital, Panchavati, and Evil is finally revealed. The Neelkanth prepares for a holy war against his true enemy, a man whose name instils dread in the fiercest of warriors. India convulses under the onslaught of a series of brutal battles.But Shiva must not fail, no matter what the cost. In his desperation, he reaches out to the ones who have never offered any help to him: the Vayuputras.
Will he succeed? And what will be the real cost of battling Evil to Shiva’s soul?

PLOT IN SHORT

Shiva’s trusted  band of followers are split into half ,when the truth about Somras is revealed. This causes a war on an epic scale with both parties not holding back on their punches. Finally Shiva goes to take aid of the legendary Vayuputras. There he is given a deadly weapon to accomplish his mission, by only threatening to use it . In his absence however a beloved soul is taken away from him. This enrages Shiva to no end and he decides to actually use the weapon and wipe off Devagiri and anyone who stayed behind in the city. This finally ends the war. Shiva, along with his remaining followers then retreats to Kailash to spend his remaining days, mourning for the lost souls.

THE GOOD

  • Fast paced
  • Non stop action
  • War strategies and description is nicely put.

THE BAD

  • English is rather simple
  • Some of the twists were predictable
  • The end was like a Bollywood movie

 

MY THOUGHTS

I hated the last 100 pages. The entire series built up Shiva to be a God in the making. He made all the right decisions, with just the right amount of killing and sacrificing mixed together. However the last few pages of this book just blow it all up. The semi GOD kills thousands of people for love? Whatever happened to his moral compass? There are better ways to deal with loss and revenge isn’t one of them, especially for the enlightened once amongst us. It left me feeling sad and completely let down. It was brave of the author to give such a twisted end to such a successful series. Let me know your thoughts about this book in the comments below.

 

MY RATINGS

3/5

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