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The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2)

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Today, He is a God.

4000 years ago, He was just a man.

The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people....more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published August 12th 2011 by Westland (first published January 1st 2011)
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It isn't often one comes across a book by an Indian author, with a sequel. It is even rarer when the said sequel might just be better than its predecessor.

Tripathi once again delves into Indian mythology and spins a fascinating tale around many of the names heard in tales told at our grandmothers' knees, portraying them as mere mortals. Last left, Shiva was about to launch an attack on the dreaded Nagas to avenge Brahaspathi's death. The book's blurb gives you enough indication, and then some, t...more
Riku Sayuj
Mar 17, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Soumya Shree
Recommended to Riku by: Vishnu Ramakrishnan
Shelves: r-r-rs
I feel like I just finished reading one of the Star Wars installments. With Shiva as Anakin, Sati as Padme, unexplored regions with strange inhabitants with secrets and continuous travels... The book was just too formulaic. That is not to say that it is not a good read - it is just that I was expecting the second book to be better than the first in some ways at least, and quite frankly, it is not.

How Amish managed to construct a whole sequel on such a flimsy basic premise is beyond me. (view spo...more
I still maintain that this book is a great concept. Taking an Indian God like Shiva with multiple facets to his persona and coming up with such an elaborate tale takes a different kind of imagination. Having grown up hearing stories about Gods like Shiva, Vishnu, Rama, Krishna etc curiosity was the one thing that drew me towards the first book in the series. But the curious thing about this book is that even though you want to be surprised and confronted with out of the world conspiracy theories...more
really....?? did I read it?? I mean...seriously????
This book had been at the top of the list by The Telegraph....and I can't believe Telegraph would recommend us to read such a crappy book....not only Telegraph...even one of my friends recommended me this book..I couldn't even read further than 100pages....
the story matter sucks...the language sucks....the writing style sucks...sense of humor felt like I was reading a book written by a sixth grade student....
the only t...more
The saga of the Mahadev continues as he faces an ancient threat, the Nagas.

The Secret of the Nagas picks up right where we left off with the cliffhanger ending of The Immortals of Meluha, with Sati being attacked by the Naga assassin. After fighting him off, Shiva decides it is time he ended the threat of the Nagas once and for all. Acting on clues left behind from the failed assassination attempt, he travels to the land of Branga, hoping to find traces of the Nagas. He finds much, much more tha...more
Amazing Read....
Mr Amish starts with a basic idea of 'what if our gods were humans, albeit with super strength and long lives, in the past whose history has now become steeped with myths and legends....' and builds a brilliant story around it....
The characters are strong, the plot is well developed and the description is wonderful...I felt mythology come alive all around me!
There are many books which use the greek and roman mythology in their plots...I am glad that Mr. Amish has decided to explo...more
Anusha Jayaram
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Immortals of Meluha was one of the best books I read this year and the fact that I had the second installment of the trilogy right in front of me when I completed book one put me in a dilemma. That happens when the first book is absolutely awesome and you don't want your expectations about the second book to come crashing down . These are the times I wish there was no concept of Book Series. One book and that's it !Wouldn't life be so much simpler ? :) Before I begin my rant on book series , let...more
Actually 4.5 stars....

Finally the book is out. For past one year we (and here I can talk about four of us) have been waiting for the release of this book. Checking every month and then on a weekly basis. Its one of the firsts in Mythological fiction in India based on God Shiva. For me Shiva is probably the most maverick of the Trimurti of Gods – Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh – birth, life & death and comes across as someone so un-God like. He is not saintly or perfect, he does not follow rules...more
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
Nov 08, 2011 Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fiction lovers
Recommended to Harish Kumar Sarma by: Chanchal Pati
What a franchise!! Though this is not very gripping like the first edition i thoroughly enjoyed reading this books!! As i have said in my review for the first part that one should remove from his mind that shiva is god and proceed reading, then one can enjoy the book!!

Author has to be appreciated for coming up with such a brilliant idea and i bow before his thought of fiction blended mythology!! At many places i felt like my hand was trembling with excitement! The starting chapters were not soo...more

“The opposite of love is not hate. Hate is just love gone bad. The actual opposite of love is apathy.”

And that pretty much sums up my feelings for this book – not love, not hate. Just apathy.

It hurts me that I cannot give this book a better rating. All things considered, The Secret of the Nagas deserves at least a three, for the sheer ingenuity of its concept. But my ratings are always based on how intensely a book affects me, and as frustrating as it is to admit, this book did not affect me...more
The one reason, I read through the series, though incomplete, is the very serious romanticized take on a mythological figure. Shiva, one of the most masculine, virile men in Hindu mythology provides the perfect hero to this epical narrative. The story isn’t very great, but is saved by the very magnificent characterization of Shiva. The only thing you, as reader, wants is to see him happily married to Sati, playing the hero, and fighting the bad guys. A major glitch I feel this book has is the ve...more
in spite of not being enamored with the first book, i read the secret of nagas just to satisfy my curiosity of how the author managed to progress the plot in the book 2 of the trilogy. to cut a long story short, im disappointed. in the first book i could see glimpses of screenplay-ish writing and in this one im convinced that this series was written for a movie. maybe even with john Abraham as Shiva.

no character in this book is completely evolved, including that of Shiva. as a result, there is...more
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Manu Prasad
Part 2 of the Shiva Trilogy. Shiva continues his journey from Meluha into Swadeep, after managing to broker a peaceful arrangement between the Suryavanshis and Chandravanshis. He then shifts his focus to what he considers a common threat, and a fount of evil - the Nagas. His search for the Nagas takes him into the Chandravanshi kingdoms and brings him in touch with various populaces who have ties with the Nagas. As the book progresses, events force Shiva to reconsider his belief in the Vasudevs...more
the book is dissapointing to say the least,,, the author is in too hurry to declare his character as great,, there plans as marvellous and there actions as something of legendary,, what he lacks is writing,, either he believes that reader to too busy to read the character buildup, or he believes reader would be idiot enough to accept any structure to be divine just because author say it so...

means what is point of writing it if u not bother to describe it to the full details,,, one of the main s...more
Ankit Mahato
Well Bose and I couldn't resist getting the sequel to The Immortals of Meluha. The first book ended abruptly in midst of a battle which was a clever strategy deployed by the author. But this sequel was worth a shot.
The Shiva Trilogy 2: The Secret of The Nagas came with a expanded map of India showing us the territory of the "evil" Nagas.

Rarely one comes across a sequel better than its predecessor. And this book can be surely counted as one of them. Every line of the book catapaults into opening...more
Loved it! A fitting sequel to the immortals of meluha and similar to that one, even this part is stopped at a very crucial juncture, to those who have the bad habit of reading the last page of a novel first, do not do so with this one ;)

Coming to the story, nothing much that i can talk about it without spoiling the experience for those who are yet to read it. This book eases down on the action a bit and has more of those interesting conversations with the Vasudevs/Pandits. There were a lot of ne...more
Amish does it again. He has immensely improved from his first book, not that the first was any less than genius, but the characters are steadfast now and the story takes a faster pace.
Part two begins where its predecessor left, making Immortals of Meluha a pre-requisite for this book. The first book centred around Shiva and his adventures. This one, as the title suggests, has the Naga clan as the focus. Brace yourself, there is a rough ride ahead, with twists and turns every other page. Don't...more
Nahush Bhat
The author had tons of source material in the form of the Hindu Mythological texts, yet spends little time writing an elaborate modern day explanation for it all. Since he did set out trying to give a plausible and valid interpretation to the legend of Lord Shiva, he should not deviate from that path by grossly altering the holy texts. Some creative liberties are allowed but this is not Harry Potter where the entire world was born out of JK Rowling's imagination. Amish should really have tried t...more
While I confess that I read the book in almost one go, and I did enjoy it while reading it, in hindsight I am left slightly disappointed. While the story flows nicely, there are a number of let downs - the descriptions and settings start to get monotonous, the awe factor is gone because things are overused, and at times it feels like enough research/thought has not been given to some things.

Still worth reading though, it's not too long and the story is interesting.
To quote from another review - " good concept but bad execution ". The 1st part of the trilogy had a novelty when Amish tried to reinterpret the stories and myths, but it does'nt remain so this time around. The story was average and I was disappointed especially in action sequences where Amish does'nt manage to hold the attention.

His language has defintely improved over the past book but still remains uninteresting. The characters appear too one - dimensional and even when you are introduced to...more
Dec 30, 2011 Karthik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Karthik by: padmapriya
As good as or rather even better than the first part.. recommended for all hindus.. Discover the actual facts(actually fantasy) in Hindu mythology
Leanne Ellis
If you haven't read any of the emerging Indian authors yet this series is a good place to start.
Amish's treatment of the mythology and history of his India is wonderful.
Shiva who we know as a god is here a man of flesh and blood. Ganesh, Kali and all the other gods and goddesses walk amongst us. They fear, they love, thirst and fight the war against evil.
But what is truly evil? Can any one man be the true personification of evil? Or are there merely misguided, ignorant or proud souls? Shiva has...more

Writing the second part of a planned trilogy is a pretty tricky thing. In the first part one can blast off from the starting point and run amock. In the second part, you have to move the story forward enough to keep your readers interested in looking out for the final part and at the same time you cannot divulge much, so that the reader loses interest. (Think 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' which pretty much killed the interest in a promising series). Amish Tripathi's 'The Secret Of The Nagas' t...more
Pooja Jeevagan
A sequel which matches its predecessor...though the book initially looked a little repetitive and trying to live by its prequel, as the story moved ahead, you are once again marveled at the way the Amish creates the web of the story...

The amazing part of the trilogy is, how he weaves together the characters known to us since birth and give them a complete new dimension...the way they seem so much possible and believe that the Gods we worship, can be human, and that too not the really...more
In this second part of the Shiva Trilogy, the storyline progresses well as we see the Shiva venturing towards the land of the Nagas, a race of deformed warriors. One of the few truly mysterious characters in the earlier novel had been the nameless Naga warrior who had stalked Sati and in this book his identity is revealed - sadly, if you are an intelligent and inquisitive reader, you'll already guess who he is, about 5 pages into this book. The "Secret" in the title is kind of a let down too as...more
Swapnil Kocheta
The Second book in series of the Shiva trilogy, this book is a definite upgrade in all terms. The story unfolds slowly and steadily, a lot of important characters have been introduced, without discounting on anyone's importance or detailed view.

The story continues from where we left at the First part, and takes you to a journey of some of the most prominent and well known parts of ancient India viz. Kashi, Panchwati, swadeep . . .
The build up to characters have been very well portrayed with each...more
Saju  Pillai
This sequel starts exactly where the first one left off, you absolutely must read the first book before starting this one.

In contrast to the first book, Amish's writing has definitely improved. Story-wise I liked the first book better, the powerful introduction to the concept of Shiva as a Tibetian tribal from across the Himalayas was just wonderful. This second book while a wonderful story in its own right doesn't quite measure up to the freshness of the first one - though this story (& the...more
Anant Nath Sharma
Reading The Secret of the Nagas is like you listening to Justin Bieber when no-one else is watching you, and then tapping your feet or dancing to it when you're all alone; it's thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining but is it good: in all probability - NO.
The characters remain flat, the conversations and dialogues are bad (plain bad), and the language doesn't improve at all. Everyone keeps swearing unnecessarily and Amish is on fire with the right-clicking and thesaurus this time. There are compl...more
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Amish is an IIM (Kolkata)educated, 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 Shi...more
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