By Amish Tripathi
This is the second part of the Shiva trilogy by Amish Tripathi. I was so impressed with the first part that I couldn’t help taking this help as soon as it was available. The cover has the Mahadev holding a hooded snake with an open mouth. This definitely compliments the title and successfully catches the attention of the reader.
Here as the story proceeds Shiva and Sati have their son Kartikeya, who is as brave as his father. The story also unfolds the identity of the naga who follows Sati. After meeting the nagas, Shiva questions the reason for isolation of the nagas. Sati also meets her twin sister Kali who is the queen of the Naga kingdom. The author has cleverly used present day science by introducing a liger in one of the fights. The encounter is so well written that the reader cannot leave the book unless it is over. Also the description of the route to the naga empire has been done beautifully. The characterization of Daksha continues to add mystery to the story. The interactions of Parvateshwar and Anandmayi add the much needed spice to the story. The end of this book again leaves the reader longing to read the third or final part.
The story is beautifully written and the flow keeps the reader engrossed. Infact it is very difficult to stop once you start reading. The language is simple and the mythological symbols are nicely woven in the track. Although one can read it while travelling to and from work, I would rather suggest one should read when there is a lot of time in hand for example on a lazy weekend. Therefore if you are going for a long journey than this is the right choice. This will make a good gift along with the other two parts. All in all its a great book to read.