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The Immortals Of Meluha | Shiva Trilogy #1 | Book Review

Author: Amish Tripathi
Series: Shiva trilogy
Page count: 436
Genres: Fiction, Fairy-tale, Fantasy Fiction, Epic Fantasy
Originally published: February 2010
Characters: Shiva, Sati, Nandi, Veerbhadra, Bŗahaspati, Daksha, Kanakhla, 
Parvateshvar, Ayurvati, Suryavanshis, Chandravanshis
Setting: Meluha

Official Blurb:

1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived. This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills!The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge.

Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero? And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil?
                                                              

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Review:

The novel is the journey of a man becoming Mahadev or the God of Gods. Never before Lord Shiva has been described in a human form. It is a story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary destiny. It is the historicization of Hindu mythology and is also a contemporary take on Lord Shiva.

Shiva is an ideal man. He treats everyone with dignity and respect. He constantly questions on the division of humanity on the basis of caste. Despite having a rough exterior, Shiva manages to win the hearts of the woman he loves and of the people.

The novel has an unexpected ending. At the crucial point, when readers are hoping something gigantic to happen, the book ends. The book keeps the readers on the edge of the seat. It keeps the reader engaged with the storyline wanting for more. Though the readers may be familiar with the story of Lord Shiva, The Immortals of Meluha brings a refreshing twist.

About the author: 

Amish is an IIM (Kolkata)educated, a boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology, and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.

Amish has most recently written the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas & The Oath of the Vayuputras), which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of mythology & history.

Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife, Preeti, and son, Neel.

Rating: 4/5

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