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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.
Paperback, 396 pages
Published August 12th 2011 by Westland (first published July 21st 2011)
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Aug 13, 2011 Mith rated it really liked it
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
Riku Sayuj
Mar 17, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it it was ok
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
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
Jun 11, 2015 Avanthika rated it it was amazing
The second novel in Amish's Shiva Trilogy series and it steals the show by revealing the most shocking yet pleasant tight-lipped remains of The Immortals Of Meluha. _/\_
As I already mentioned, this book is strictly not for those who believe in Lord Ram's ways of ruling, saivism or Shiva Puran and that intrigued me to proceed with the sequel.
And it did not disappoint me, not even a bit of it.
Shiva seeks justice for the death of his friend Brihaspathi, and as fate unfolds, he travels to Panchavat
Sep 04, 2012 Mayuri rated it did not like it
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
Jun 26, 2016 Harshita rated it really liked it
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
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
Anusha Jayaram
Jul 21, 2012 Anusha Jayaram rated it really liked it
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Dec 25, 2012 Scarlet rated it it was ok

“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 m
Aug 23, 2012 Deepti rated it liked it
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
Fuad Fidah
May 17, 2016 Fuad Fidah rated it really liked it
কখনও রোলার কোষটারে চড়েছেন? অথবা ফযানটাসি কিংডমের মযাজিক কারপেটে? চড়ে থাকলে বুঝবেন যে যখন আপনাকে খালি এদিক ওদিক ছুড়ে দেয় আর আপনার কিছুই করার থাকে না তখন কেমন লাগে। বইটা পড়তে গিয়ে ও আমার একই অবসথা হইছে। সিমপলি জটিল। এত এত বই পড়ে যখন নিজেকে পরবাধ দিচছি যে নতুন আর কি টুইষট লেখক দিবে? সব ত আগেই বুইঝা গেছি। তখনি লেখক আমাকে একটা করে শক দেন, আর আমি বুঝি যে নারে এখন ও এত বুঝবান তুই হস নাই।
অসাধারন কাহিনীকার লেখক। তার লেখনি তে মুগধ হতেই হবে। বড়জোর পাতা আপনি মেজর কোন টুইষট ছাড়া যেতে পারবেন। এরপর শক খেতে হব
Sep 24, 2011 Gayatri rated it it was ok
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
Harish Challapalli
Nov 08, 2011 Harish Challapalli rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fiction lovers
Recommended to Harish 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
Ankit Mahato
Oct 09, 2012 Ankit Mahato rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 25, 2011 Chenthil rated it it was ok
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Muddle head
Aug 18, 2011 Muddle head rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-fiction, i-own
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
Manu Prasad
Sep 11, 2011 Manu Prasad rated it liked it
Shelves: review
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
Mar 11, 2012 Sumit rated it did not like it
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
Riju Ganguly
Jul 20, 2015 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing
Last night, at 10-30, just before my weary head hit the pillow, I felt the need to read, or at least start reading a book. It's nothing unusual, and I'm sure that bibliophiles would be thoroughly acquainted with the feeling, and it's consequences. Although the first book in the Shiva trilogy had ended in quite a cliffhanger, I had refrained from diving into the second book until then. But for some reason, last night I picked up that one. It was 02-30 in the morning when the book was finished. I ...more
Ashok Krishna
Feb 06, 2016 Ashok Krishna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally I picked up this much-awaited sequel to the book ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ and, boy, I wasn’t disappointed. The sequel arrived after I had almost forgotten the plot of its predecessor, but the thrill and adventure, as well as the unique plotline made it all rush back into my brain’s core.

The book begins where the previous installment ends – Shiva and Sati chasing their assailant. The adventure that starts at the first page, ends only in the last page, with adrenaline oozing out of every
Nahush Bhat
Jun 10, 2013 Nahush Bhat rated it it was ok
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
Dec 26, 2011 Manny rated it liked it
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
this was a good book to read during free time
Though some chapters seemed out of the flow but nearing the end,it all starts to connect.
If one thinks that this book is the end and there is nothing twisty ahead....its time to think again.the oath of vayuputras is gar beyond what you expect.even though its fatter than others and has way too many chapters but I hope its worth a read...
Frankly,the immortals of Meluhas was more captivating than the secret of the nagas for me.
Jan 19, 2014 Pulkit rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical, 2014
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.
Karthik R
Dec 30, 2011 Karthik R rated it it was amazing
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
Prakash Ramaswamy
Sep 29, 2012 Prakash Ramaswamy rated it it was amazing
"The Secret of the Nagas" is a worthy sequel to the spellbinding "The Immortals of Meluha", which I've completed recently & reviewed here.

While Lord Shiva's character is already established to the level of him being worshiped as a Mahadev (God of Gods) in the first part of the Shiva Trilogy itself, young author Amish still manages to keep the sequel as a page-turner with vivid vistas of the great nation of Sapt Sindhu (the land of 7 rivers or India, as we know it), its de
Sameen Borker
Mar 19, 2013 Sameen Borker rated it liked it
What happens when you self-publish a piece of text which grabs eye-balls of millions and then you have the onus of delivering a book? You are careful with the language you use.

The Secret of the Nagas, the second book in the Shiva Trilogy, is Amish’s second attempt at writing, among many other things. In the first book, it was established Amish is a banker who is a good story-teller. In this book, there is glaring evidence that the man has tried to improve his writing for which I must applaud him
Oct 03, 2011 WordsBeyondBorders rated it liked it

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
Shyam Sundar
Jun 14, 2015 Shyam Sundar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
The Shiva in this book has shifted his focus on the Naga clan, responsible for the death of his friend Brahaspati.The mystery behind the Nagas takes him to the land of brangas and further deep in the Dandak forest. The race between good and evil is still on, the boundaries between them, however, have become very smudgy.

As the story unfolded I was desperately waiting for some big Naga secret to be out but there is nothing very serpentine or mystical about them apart from the fact that they are me
Dec 26, 2016 Avadhut rated it it was amazing

Summary –

In the second book of the Shiva Trilogy, Shiva continues his dangerous quest to the eastern and southern India, deep inside the land of Nagas in search of the evil. He also confronts the elusive Naga who has been stalking his wife Sati.

Review –

I liked this book for two reasons, Amish’s perspective of Good v/s Evil and his fresh outlook towards mythology. I could easily relate to Amish’s stand that Good and Evil are the two sides of the same coin ma
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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
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Shiva Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy, #1)
  • The Oath of the Vayuputras (Shiva Trilogy, #3)

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“The opposite of love is not hate, its apathy, when you simply don't bother about that person!” 405 likes
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