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Vikramaditya Veergatha #2

The Conspiracy at Meru

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Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.

The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.

Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva?

408 pages, Paperback

Published August 22, 2016

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Shatrujeet Nath

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Shatrujeet Nath has sold ice-creams, peddled computer training courses, written ad copy, and reported on business as a journalist and assistant editor at The Economic Times. While still at the top of his game, Shatrujeet quit journalism to write fiction. His first book, the Indo-Pak spy thriller The Karachi Deception, was published in 2013. He then went on to write the national bestselling epic fantasy series Vikramaditya Veergatha, which comprises four books (The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru, The Vengeance of Indra and The Wrath of the Hellfires). His latest book, Warlord of Ayodhya: Rebellion is the first in a three-volume alternative mythology series that tells the story of Bharat’s 14-year-rule over Ayodhya during the exile of Rama. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well.

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650 reviews557 followers
May 3, 2017
"Vikramaditya Veergatha" by Shtrujeet Nath has taken the first place in the favorite read of India mythological thriller genre. Where the first part was the start of the action thriller, the second one was the mix of politics, emotions, war and action.

The Conspiracy at Meru started after Marutas' attack on Ujjaini. Ujjaini was badly affected by attacks of Ashwins and Marutas. Many citizens were deserting cities, while many were giving support to Vikramaditya and stayed in Ujjaini. The positive point was new found power in his nine counselors. As Shukracharya mentioned in the first part, counselors possessed nine powerful pearls which could increase their strength multifold and could give them supernatural powers. On the western borders, the threat of Huna was getting strong. Information from Huna scout was really shocking to Avanthi. In spite of attacks from Deva and Asura, Avanti went to help the Anarta Federation to fight the Huna forces coming via sea. Jayanta, son of Indra, came to Ujjaini to destroy human king to prove his superiority to India. Indra went to Kubera to get help to ruin Vikramaditya moral. King Harihara tried something which would weaken forces of united Bharatvarsha under Avanti. And so on...

I would say there were multiple threads going in parallel but each one is as interesting as the whole story. Though the flow of writing of this series is scattered, it would not make you put it once you start reading it. Author has wonderfully used characters from Indian mythology and created a gripping story for readers. Gauging the story and pace, I think Vikramaditya Veergatha won't be a trilogy, and I won't surprise if the author will come with more than 5 volume in the series.

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December 14, 2020
The Conspiracy of Meru has been one of the most anticipated sequels in 2016 for me. After waiting for well over a year for it and stalking the author and publishers over Facebook and Twitter {Bless them for not filing an FIR for stalking} I finally had the book in my hands. And like it is with all anticipated sequels, my heart dropped a bit when I finally started reading it – what if it doesn’t live up to my expectations?

In The Guardians of The Halahala we saw Lord Shiva hand over the dagger with the Halahala to Vikramaditya and his council of Nine for safekeeping. With Devas and Asuras conspiring against a ‘mere’ human, the wielder of the Hellfires had hell of a job on his hands. The Conspiracy at Meru continues from where the first book left off. Things are pretty much same – Devas and Asuras are still trying their best to outwit the other clan and at the same time defeat the human king. The kingdoms of Magadha and Heheya present another set of complication for our heroes. Amongst it all is hope – hope that Vikramaditya and his councilors will prevail; hope that love will prevail. Will they be successful or will the double attacks finally prove to be too much?

The plot continues to thicken. While the central story of the dagger with the Halhala continues to take the center stage in this book, a lot of side plots and parallel stories have cropped up. There is this whole separate plot that handles Shoorasena, Kapila and the kingdom of Magadha. Is it just a parallel storyline or will it turn out to be the turning point of the plot? Will Shoorasena’s dreams hinder Vikramaditya? Also, a few of the characters get a good chance to shine in this story. Kshapanaka continues to make an impression on the readers while Shanku (I feel) is finally finding her wings. These two girls have stolen my heart from the beginning. But without giving any spoilers – you have to watch out for Vikramaditya (ofcourse), Kalidasa and Udayasanga. These three men redefine duty, loyalty and heartbreaks!

I have to admit, the author delivers on all of my expectations with regards to character and plot development. There is ample strategizing and action. The narration in this book continued to enthrall me. The author keeps setting higher bars with his books and each of his books are immensely entertaining. So the question is – Does it deliver on the promises that the first book made? Yes it does. Do I recommend this book? Hell Yes! So what are you waiting for? Go pick up Vikramaditya Veergatha for a dose of magic and mayhem.
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180 reviews37 followers
January 11, 2018
Vikramiditya and his council of Navratna is back. The story picks up from where it was left in previous book, the attacks on Ujjaini. Those attacked panicked the citizens of Ujjaini who are now fleeing the city in fear for death. Samrat is feeling helpless inspite of averting strong enemies like Andhaka, Ashwins and Maruts. Like that was not enough, there is more trouble from Hunas and Shakas and ancient creatures. While Vikramiditya is trying to protect the Halahala, Devas and Asuras are locking horns. Asuras attack the city of Amaravati and create havoc. They could have easily conquered the city if it wasn't for the instruction given by their guru, Shukracharya. Shukracharya disguises as healer and enters the city of Ujjaini to try and get the Veeshada's dagger from the Samrat. Towards the end of the book, he helps making truce between Devas and Asuras. It is to been seen how the opposites work together with a common goal.

I found this book better than the first part. It has evolved in terms of characters and story telling. The best part being the lesser lookup into the dictionary. The Navratnas are slowly evolving. Some of them are now aware of their gifts and are trying to control it. Some still unaware of what they can do. They have absolutely no idea what they can achieve if they stick together. Shukracharya is aware if this fact and he wants to break the unity of the council of Navratnas. A lot of question still remain unanswered regarding the history of the Nine pearls. I wonder why the author is stretching this story. It's not doing any good.

Once again, there was lack of humor. As said in my previous review, there is a huge potential for humor amongst the Navratnas. Especially the character of Amar Simha. It has improved but could be better.

Now I'll have to wait till the next book is published. I wonder what's taking this long for the author to publish. Only hoping it's worth the wait.
February 1, 2017
I found Book 1 to be a tad better than Book 2. But this is an excellent sequel in its own right. It is my fault really, that I could not recall much of the plot from The Guardians of the Halahala. By the time this book came out, I had piles and piles of unread books so this obviously took a backseat. What I do remember from the previous installment was that it was a rollicking good story. Shatrujeet Nath has followed it up with another brilliant one.

What I liked most was that the ‘secondary’ characters were properly etched out and that too in shades of grey while Vikramaditya was relegated to the background for much of the story. The author has created absorbing sub plots and it will be interesting to see how they pan out in the following books. I can see this series as a television show with multiple seasons; in the same line as Game of Thrones except for 2 points- first, I can almost imagine people getting offended as the portrayal of some mythological characters is not entirely in a positive light (we really are a race just waiting to get offended). And second, I do not believe that Indian film/ TV show makers have the expertise anywhere close to what is required to project this story to the audience- in terms of special effects/ opulent sets or other skills (the daily soap Chandra Nandini comes to mind). This is bad because I really wish that the author receives his due and I hope to be proven wrong some day. His work is far better than the other more famous mythology-fantasy series doing the rounds in the book stalls.

I recommend this series to all interested in the fantasy genre. Especially if you are on the lookout for an Indian author who has not rehashed the same old mythology plots into his so-called original work.
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78 reviews3 followers
January 7, 2020
3.90 stars ⭐️⭐️🌟!

It answers a lot of questions that The guardians of the Halahala generates.. The conspiracy at Meru has more action plots that one could have imagined.

The book keeps you occupied at solving the mystery about an incident happened at the very beginning. (Although, at some point, I forgot about it and thought that the author did the same too😛🤣, but later, he just popped it up and made me realise that he didn’t, but I did!🙈 Btw I liked that mystery, and the revelation too. Very well timed revelation👌🏻)

There’s a major thing happening at and about Amaravati. Actually, anything that relates to Amaravati and its lord, disinterested me. So, it was a bit boring till 30-40%. I was more interested in The Kingdom of Avanti and of course Samrat Vikramaditya😍(there is not that much for him to do in this book but whenever he appears, he impresses me😍)and his counsel.

Just as the first book was more about action plots, this one is better at having more elements; of course one of them is action sequences, but other than that, the friendships, bravery, betrayal, planning and executing things, alliances, greed, emotions etc. keep you engaged.

Although, I’d have loved to read more about Vikramaditya and his counsellors (the rest of whom did not have much role in first book, (yes, they all have equal importance but not enough space allotted to them all, in the book that they deserved! )),
I liked the book. Especially the second half of the book is enjoyable. A lot of things happen but this time, it’s a complete book✌🏻👍🏻.

Looking forward to see the effects of The Conspiracy at Meru in next book🤞🏻🧐.
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17 reviews7 followers
April 4, 2020
The second part in the vikramaditya series as expected is full of twists and turns. Each chapter reveals more and more secrets. The character development is excellent. Couldn't just keep the book down without completing it.
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972 reviews71 followers
January 20, 2021
Re-read in 2020, and it is still as engaging and interesting as it was the first time I read it 3 years back. I'm glad to have reread it because it wasn't very fresh in my mind and now on to the third book of the four in the series.

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The second part of the Vikramaditya Veergatha almost seamlessly merges with the first part, continuing with some of the plotlines from the first part and adding more sub plots of interest into this book as well. From the cover design, to the story idea, the narration and the characters, this book matches the previous one very well, maybe even goes a bit better. The one flipside I see is the wait for the third part of this series, but hopefully, that book comes out sooner rather than later.
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16 reviews5 followers
August 28, 2016
Intriguing and Succinctly written . Perfect stage has been set for book 3 with council members (9 pearls) finding their quirks . Danavas , Yakshas With Vikramadhitya and comrades will make an unbeatable alley, if that happens :P Another epic wait starts from here :(
Note to the author:
The human king already had enough . So please don't turn kalidasa against vikramaditya.
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376 reviews33 followers
February 15, 2018
The Conspiracy at Meru continues from the victory of Vikramaditya against Devas and Asuras. The premise of the story is the ongoing struggle for Veeshada's dagger. Against all odds, Vikramaditya guards the trust bestowed upon him by the Omniscient one. He successfully pushed back the attack of Asuras and Devas in his first book with the help of his Councillors, Navaratnas. The second book is more centred on emotion and politics rather than its warmongering predecessor. Of course, there are skirmishes in this book, but that gets lost against the backdrop of new and interesting additions to the story. The first book was highlighted only humans, devas and asuras. The second book brings the rest of the mythological counterparts into the fray. Many mythical beasts and sections are explored deeply in this book. The writer manages to captivate us with his words. Shatrujeet Nath certainly plays up his imagination. The scene describing the abode of yakshas is very comprehensive and paints us a vivid imagery.

Even though I struggled with the initial third of the book, the story began to flow mellifluously after that. The most important highlight of this book is how everything is attached. Random incidents tend to slither its way into the plot. There are many parallel stories happening in this book, which really makes me wanna be the ubiquitous one, no pun intended.

The author explored the relationship between Navaratnas and the King, however, I do think there is scope for exploration. The story departs with a promise of another great follow up. The climax scenes certainly sowed the seeds for another great premise. I did miss Vetala in this book. I do hope he will be back in the next book with some greater contribution. Highly recommended to everyone.
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258 reviews54 followers
September 12, 2016
"The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha #2)" by Shatrujeet Nath gives you a chance to re-experience the same thrill and excitement "The Guardians of the Halahala (Vikramaditya Veergatha #1)" gave us. The second book of the series picks up the story from the first book and submerges the readers in action and adventure with ease. You enjoy the evolution of this multifaceted story-line. With Devas and Asuras conspiring new schemes against the human king (and his council of ministers) and all the new battles surfacing on the pages, I found myself completely hooked once I started this book. The book has everything that will delight readers and will have you on the edge of your seats from the word “go”. This was the most anticipated sequels of 2016 and the book unquestionably lived up to my expectations. In every follow-up book of any series, there lies the huge potential pitfall of disappointing the readers. Thankfully, that was not the case with this book.

The book under review gives us an opportunity to revisit familiar worlds and characters. The author let us get to know the characters even better and we, as readers, got to read how they responded to new situations. We also come to know about some aspects of their past. While Shatrujeet hardly bothers to more than sketch his characters, they become legends quickly and make you crazy about them. A number of them are heroes but they fail many times, and this is what makes them likable. There is a real human side to it. Their kindness, bravery and loyalty make you fall for them. A number of new characters also make their appearance in this sequel. These new ones do not halt the flow of the main story-line. On the other hand, these not only inject new energy and help in building new tensions and twists, but also push the story forward.

Fantasy books generally come with a large number of characters and this large number of characters makes readers’ head spinning after a couple of pages. Well! This is not what happens in the present series. Though we have a large number of characters here too, you get acquainted with them easily and start to enjoy their company.

In the first book of the series, the author combined elements of Indian mythology and history, and offered us an enthralling tale. We saw the protagonists facing daunting tasks. The author took us in a world where all is different and magical. To the credit of the author, he successfully creates the same magic in this second installment of the series. Additionally, the book foreshadows the coming events, raises worrying questions and creates readers’ anticipation. This has been done via characters’ thoughts as well as signs and symbols. All of this indicates that the series is moving towards a grand ending. And, that is really good for us. Isn’t it? The climax of this book sets the stage for the third book and I will be eagerly waiting for that. This book made me develop an unhealthy obsession with this series. Hopefully, the third book will keep this obsession of mine.

There are certain books that you find it difficult to put them down. And, you find yourselves ‘inconsolable’ when you finally finish these books. Your condition becomes worse if the book you just finished is a part of a series. Now, you will have to wait for another year for the next part of the series. And, this is what I am feeling right now. Optimistically, I do hope that the next book of this enthralling series will come out soon.

Go for it! This book is a must read.

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October 22, 2021
The second book is a perfect continuity from the first, and leaves asking for more. Seriously this book is a wonderful read, this entire series is worth a thousand million bucks. The plot is excellent, the pace keeps changing and that keeps the reader hooked. It brings to life “Avanti”, the most important historical kingdom in ancient India, the place that held utmost importance hundreds of years from today. The books make you travel back in time, in a thriving city, with real people who perhaps existed. The book certainly triggers imagination, and is one excellent piece of creation from an Indian author. Sad that it doesn’t receive the kind of attention and popularity it should. This series deserves a lot more recognition, Shatrujeet Nath is an exceptional author. I’ll always look forward to reading more from him.
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735 reviews203 followers
February 7, 2017
This is a combined review for 'The Guardians of the Halahala' and 'The Conspiracy at Meru'.

I generally do not do fiction reviews (barring those for ARCs). I am making an exception for this since the book (and the series) impressed me to a great extent.

It has been a long time since I read a book from an Indian author, whose writing skills are on par with the best in the world. There is a lot of potential in his writing and, while rough, with experience, Shatrujeet Nath will turn out to be among the best in this genre.

I liked the setting (India Mythology). I liked the characters. I liked his take on the various mythical beings whom we have heard about in our standard texts. The story is as complex as 'A Song of Ice and Fire' and 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen'. The other similarity it shares with them is the amount of twists and turns.

All this, coupled, with his fast paced writing, leads to a great read which is very difficult to put down.

The first book is a little rough around the edges . The second book is a brilliant sequel and leaves the reader wanting more. I am eagerly awaiting the next one in this series.
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September 27, 2019
Its mind blowing. Amazing read. One of the few series where 2nd book is better than the 1st book and matches all the expectations. I must say this is India's Lord of the Ring in making!

cant wait for the third book.
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47 reviews19 followers
January 2, 2018
Great sequel, even better than part 1. It is Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings meets Hindu lore. Waiting eagerly for the next part.
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419 reviews41 followers
January 10, 2021
"The road begins where we start walking and ends where we stop. The road is not at our feet, it is in our minds. As long as we care to walk, we shall find roads to walk upon. If not old ones, then new. When neither of us is willing to halt, what have we to fear?" - said by King Vikramaditya to his Queen Vishakha.


"In battle, is it not the strongest or the bravest or those with the greater numbers who win," said Vararuchi. "Victory belongs to the side that best understands the price of defeat."


"The thirst for vengeance is invariably bereft of perspective and morals." - Shukracharya


These are some quotes from the book that have stayed with me long after I have finished reading it.

The Conspiracy at Meru, book 2 in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series, picks up where book 1 left off. Having placed the Halahala in a safe place, King Vikramadiya and his council are still facing various threats to the nation, both expected and unexpected. When we find that the might of the Asuras and devas and everyone else in between are poised to attack in some way or other, it's a matter of who will strike first! To counter all this, they come up with numerous plans and strategies, all the while trying to anticipate what can go wrong. Trust me, a lot can go wrong!

The author does a fabulous job with each of the characters, both important and seemingly unimportant. I have come to realize that every person has a role to play and as a reader, we should be careful not to disregard anyone in this series! Such is the way of the author that he masterfully creates plots and sub-plots that are wholly unexpected! The story in itself is simple when we strip it down, coming down to the clear idea that the Halahala must be protected. But the cost to do so and the sense of duty are something to be considered. This takes a huge toll on everyone and the surprises and twists do not stop coming! New alliances are forged and old are broken in this story that seems to be foretelling of things to come (in the further books).

Shatrujeet Nath is a master story teller and his books are gripping, pulling the reader in from page one. Without going into details of the plot (this is already hinted at in the book blurb), I would like to point out that there is a lot looming over the horizon and this is just Book 2, there are two more books to go to find out what happens!
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July 27, 2017
PLOT/ STORY-LINE: The second book in the Vikramaditya Veergatha Series, ‘The Conspiracy of Meru’ continues to keep us on tenterhooks. The transition from the first book i.e. ‘The Guardians of Halahala’ is smooth and the author has cleverly managed to maintain the suspense regarding the Halahala and its whereabouts till the end. In fact the Halahala still evades not only the Devas and Asuras but the readers as well.

The story is as I mentioned is intriguing and engaging and keeps the reader on tenterhooks with its twists and turns. While the fierce battle scenes especially that off the coast of Dvaraka are enough to give goose bumps, the havoc wreaked by Ahi is spine chilling.

Once again the author takes us through a maze of emotions. There is chivalry, love, deceit and much more that only a reading of the book can bring to the fore clearly. No review can explain the intricacies involved in the story with perfection. There are certain startling revelations that can have a bearing on the unity of the Guardians of Halahala and the turn the story takes in the next book in the series. While the mystery deepens, the conspiracy thickens and unholy nexus between the foes starts taking root to defeat the King and his Council of Nine. Will they succeed? Only time will tell.

CHARACTERIZATION: Characters are well- developed especially the secondary characters of the Series who take centre stage in this book (Here King Vikramaditya has been relegated to the background). But what stands out is that even the characters of the Devas are relatable. They are not entirely sugar coated. They have vices just like ordinary human beings. Lust, jealousy, deceit and a sense of helplessness at times makes them integrate easily into the story

LANGUAGE AND STYLE: Crisp and lucid. I loved the author’s style of narration and use of words.The flow takes one along with it and the imagery helps to transport the reader to the thick of action taking place. The battle scenes had me spell-bound.

PACE: The pace is perfect. Will keep one glued to the pages without giving a gap to let out even a yawn.

Picked up the book with a lot of expectation having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series ‘The Guardians of Halahala.’ Must say the author did not disappoint. A wonderfully crafted story, one that one can’t possibly regret having picked up
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June 15, 2021
We all know Samrat Vikramaditya as a Just and Valiant King of India, we have read and watched many stories of his Courage and Honour and there have been many adaptations and interpretations of his stories by writers through the years..

My personal favourite moment in the screen adaptation was when Betal after telling an elaborate story asked the Noble Samrat a seemingly difficult question to which there was no obvious answer.. and Betal threatened to crack his head open, if he knew and wouldn't answer..

These are the memories that every kid in India has grown up with..

So, what more could be written about Vikramaditya and what was the hype on 'Vikramaditya Veergaatha' all about.. I picked up the first book with healthy skepticism.

But, before long I was sucked into the world of Vikramaditya and his 9 councillors.. who were none of them your regular people.. and before long I was totally engrossed in the story..

To my Delight there are two women warriors- 'Kshapanaka' and 'Shanku' who are not only the councilors but also great fighters - never mind the Super powers that they discover at a later stage in the book.. but no more spoilers.. 😀😀

Vikramaditya is The samrat of Sindhuvarta and He with his Navaratna -9 councillors do the administration of avanti with it's capital in Ujjayini..

One Day Vikramaditya has a very unlikely Visitor come to meet him, who entrusts the Responsibility of something so important that it can destroy the whole Universe if it falls into the wrong hands..

AND wrong hands are all trying to get a hold of it alright.. !!

The Veeshada's dagger (with a backstory of its own) carrying a drop of the dreaded Halahal has the Devtas as well as the Asuras falling over eachother to acquire this weapon of mass destruction..

The description of the Samudra Manthan- in the first book mentioned as 'The great white Lake' - was so vivid I could see it happening right before my eyes and I was hooked to the story, from that first chapter itself..

Now, Any kingdom has enemies but it's a completely different ball game when the enemies are NOT humans.. but Asuras and Devtas with a horde of other supernatural beings to their disposal- all with Superpowers of their own.

Along with these celestial enemies- the borders of Sindhuvarta is also being threatened by The Huna and Shaka Tribes... while not too far away, there is more trouble brewing as there are other enemies of the Kingdom plotting to invade and overthrow Vikramaditya as the Samrat..

As the plot thickens, and there are many attacks on Avanti, Ujjayini, Dwarka and the other cities of the Sindhuvarta, the citizens are also getting restless and a strong feeling of resentment is breeding Anti-Samrat sentiment..

Moreover cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta too alongwith rifts being drawn in-between the 9 councillors- The Navratnas.

Amidst all of this- surrounded by Super Powerful and Super cunning enemies foremost amongst them the Mighty Indra leading the Devtas and The ever Resourceful, very knowledgeable and Wisdomous Sage Shukracharya, guiding the Asuras..
AND a multitude of other internal problems- Vikramaditya is committed to keeping his promise to the Eternal one, The Mahadev in keeping Veeshada's Dagger safe..

The 4 book series is written lyrically, evoking beautiful imagery and is rife with Life changing quotes..

Among all the other powerful quotes.. my favourite is from Vararuchi..

“In battle, it is not the strongest or the bravest or those with the greater numbers who win.. Victory belongs to the side that best understands the price of defeat.”

A few of the other beautiful quotes are :

"Victory is Temporary.. the battle is Eternal.."

"Vengeance is a cage forgiveness is freedom.."

"..Patience is a Drawn bow.. Rage it's Relentless Arrow.."

The fighting scenes are written elaborately, and with a lot of thought and strategy..

I love the way the character of the female warriors are etched out.. and they are given as much importance as the men-folk.. I do wish, there were more of them, as I am always vying for more female representation.

BUT I really like.. the way the females are fierce and Fearless.. and courageous.. AND indomitable, unbroken, unbowed.. mean fighters.

All the books have to be read in the correct order for the Right impact.. which is felt with force in the concluding instalment..

Though, it's unfair to choose any book from the series as a favourite.. but the first book.. 'Guardians of the Halahal' and the Last book 'Wrath of the Hellfires' are my favourite..

The last book I found particularly satisfying as the plot was brought to an apt conclusion with all the sub-plots neatly being tied up to bring the bigger picture into focus..

I loved the way, everything came together, only I would have liked a little more of the borderland with its ghoul-master The Ancient being- Betal..
..but maybe Author can do a spin-off on that angle in future.

This is a book series that's highly recommended especially for those who love fantasy fiction as much as I do.. it's a wonderful mix of Mythology, folklore and Fiction.. with a generous helping of the Author's vivid imagination and engaging writing style..

This is one story that is perfect for screen adaptation by a streaming giant like Netflix or Prime Video.. and I can only imagine the way it would put indian storytelling on the global map, when it's up there.

A perfect read to pick up to spice up the lockdown.. and a book series that you can return to time and again.. 'Vikramaditya Veergaatha' is a Timeless classic that every bibliophile must have in their collection.

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September 3, 2017
There are some books you want to read slowly, what’s frustrating is that my speed of reading goes against the nature of slow read and I ended up being miserable in the case of this book. The misery was not because I didn’t have anything to read but because when you know that the 3rd book of the series is yet to be released, you are deliberately trying to be slow.

Why I recommend this book?

The Vikramaditya Veergatha triology (Book 2) “The Conspiracy at Meru” by Shatrujeet Nath has intrigued me with its amazingly vivid prose that excites imagination and makes you feel in the middle of the happenings. Yes, it is a beautifully engaging book.
The vividly striking imagery certainly remains in mind long after you finish reading.
This is one of the best mythofiction book by Indian author
Geography meets history in a great storytelling style.
The heaven, the hell and the human king in between – its a tightly packed story that doesn’t slack anywhere.
This is the second book and personally I can’t wait for the 3rd one. Shatrujeet will have to really come out with it as soon as possible to quench my thirst to complete the story.
All in all, an amazing book if you love to read mythofiction. And in case if you seem to think what is the difference between mythology and mythofiction, do read this Guest article by Varun Prabhu: http://www.kaffeinatedkonversations.c...

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51 reviews1 follower
July 13, 2021
The Mother Oracle has given certain predictions and the council is set in motion to protect Sindhuvarta from the barbarians. The asuras have attacked the devas. Jayanta, the son of the Indra has awakened Ahi, a serpent dragon who is unleashing it’s wrath on Ujjayini. Indra has struck a deal with the yaksha lord Kubera to devastate the samrat. The Healer’s identity is exposed and so is that of Kalidasa – one of the councilors in the court of the samrat! Vikaramaditya is torn between his feelings and the right thing to be done. Some equations have changed whereas somewhere new equations are forming. The king and the councilors are giving a tough fight on account of the newly discovered superpowers, but their bond is cracking. With the deadly secrets in possession of the asuras, a devious conspiracy is being brewed at Meru to destroy the human king and his kingdom!

What are the new predictions? What tactics have the two parties exerted on the human king and his kingdom to gain the dagger? Who is Kalidasa? And what are the conspiracies at Sindhuvarta and Meru?

The action sequences depicted in the story are vivid. The Hunas having their own language gives a kond of novelty to the story. There are parts in the story where I felt bad for Vikaramaditya for all the things happening to him. But what affected me the most was his sense of duty above everything. I was so hooked to the series at the end of book 1 that I finished reading this part in just 2 days!!

If you have read book one, don’t waste any more time in going for book two.

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P. S. – The author has actually developed a language for the Hunas!!
79 reviews2 followers
November 5, 2017
Honestly, I was not able to completely recollect the first part (that I read way back in 2016) when I started reading this one. I wish there had a been a chapter in the beginning summarizing the first part (a bit lengthier one) just to make readers with memory-loss get to speed.

The book did take sometime to take off, but may be after 80 pages or so, it was back at its best and became a page turner. As most historical fictions do, there a lot of characters involved (A bit too many in this case). The battle scenes are very well written. The non-linear screenplay (I couldn't get the corresponding literature term) makes it hard on the readers but that is bound to happen when there are so many characters and so many incidents to write about. Overall a really well written 2nd book of the trilogy.

I really wish the third book comes out soon so that I can read it with full josh and not struggle to recollect what I have read now. Looking forward to the 3rd book this year
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48 reviews1 follower
December 2, 2018
If you have read first book of the series Vikramaditya Veergatha, The Guardians Of Halahala  you will want to know more about what happened next.

Thwarted by Vikramaditya and his nine councilmen, Devlok and Indra are thirsting for revenge and plotting more ways to lay hands on Halahala.  While Vikramaditya is busy defending his and his allies borders from Sakas and Hun invaders, the Asuras and their teacher scheme to cast a spell for destruction of the council and the human king .

Another character, Indra's son comes in play. The young deva seeks appreciation from his father and independently unleashes havoc on Ujjaini which is already fighting for survival on all fronts.

With chaos reining on his beloved city and his council divided, Vikramaditya is neck deep in trouble. The only thing that keeps him go on is the knowledge that Halahal is safe from troublemakers.

This mytho-fiction is a gripping tale that keeps you returning for more.

September 26, 2019
The conspiracy at meru -
The book starts from where he left you in previous book, The plot continues to thicken, Interesting, mysterious and breath-taking. Vikramaditya, Udayasanga and Kalidasa. These three men redefine duty, loyalty and heartbreaks. the book has enough twists & turns to keep the reader hooked. Just when you think you are getting a hang of the story something & unexpected pops up, moments of tenderness, divine frailties, demonic benevolence and human love, there were multiple threads going in parallel but each one is as interesting as the whole story. Shoorasena, Kapila and the kingdom of Magadha. Is it just a parallel storyline or will it turn out to be the turning point of the plot? Will Shoorasena’s dreams hinder Vikramaditya?
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243 reviews12 followers
April 11, 2020
The conspiracy at Meru is the continuation of the Guardian of halahala. Vikramaditya and his 9 councillors continue to guard the vishada's dagger which contains the halahala. In this book there are attacks from devas and also the hunas from the sea side. The councillors come to know their secret powers like shanku gets to know that she can disappear and appear in another place. Varuruchi can leap and fight efficiently. Amar simha as name suggest he becomes half lion. Varahmihira can create a shield by his hand and kshapanaka has a immunity to survive venom. This book is worth reading. This book creates a base to third book. Overall this is a very good goodread... 🙂
Profile Image for K Vimal Raj.
42 reviews
September 19, 2020
Great story and amazing plot .. the story didn't lag a bit. but the story is somewhat repititve when i think about it. The devas or asuras attack the ujjaini palace and the guardians of halahala repel it ?!!

The shukracharya's character and the story revolving aroung him is great. i expected great things from brihaspati but he is very insignificant.The ending of the book 2 was good.

The Samrat Vikramaditya was not what i expected. I thought he would be more in action and have strong characteristics and expected great many things from him , but he is just a normal king with extra-ordinary navaratna councillors and an impossible situation. This Vikramaditya is not the one i came to knowing and admiring (in childhood) from "vikram and the vetaal (betaal)"story.

This is my understanding or the author potrays it like that or the original vedas/puranas/upanishads says the asuras (and padala ) are from the south of india !!?? I am offended slightly. i hope the author doesnot potray that the asuras and the patala dwell from the south of india in the future works and if i have misunderstood the concept i offer my sincere apologies to the author.
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18 reviews1 follower
September 19, 2021
4.5 / 5 ⭐

Another amazing book by Shatrujeet Nath, another dip into the depths of hindu mythology. I really love how he put everything in his book. The story, the emotions, suspense, action, friendship, love, betrayal, "CONSPIRACY" is just nice.

I have already got attached to the characters of the books. The way he portrait the bonding between the king Vikramaditya and his family and friends will make you smile and laugh, and you will start to like everyone of them.

It was just an another amazing book that i have read of "Vikramaditya Veergatha" and i just simply loved it.
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410 reviews157 followers
December 8, 2018
I believe, thanks to my father, I had always heard of Vikramaditya and his nine pearls. I had heard about Kalidasa, Amar Simha and Dhanvantari. However, this book brings about what is special about the nine councilors. I love how actions and twists play in this book. I also like that two of the councilors are strong women. I would have liked to read more of their (councilors') inner lives, their banters. Who knows maybe a few illustrious councilors get their own book.
8 reviews1 follower
August 11, 2020

Vikram veergatha, quite an enthralling mythological fiction. What happens when the demigods fight over to claim the deadly Halahala?

The story gets more interesting, when the priest of Asura's Shurakchairya is all set in to unravel the mystery behind the banyan tree. Deceived like a god man, Shurachariya casts his spell over Vikramaditya and his 9 councilors, which trigger their supernatural powers. Pompous Indra enraged with the defeat has other ideas to whisk away the halahala.Caught between love and promise , Samarat Vikramaditya has to choose between the two.
October 23, 2017
I was lucky to have read the two books quite quick in succession, in fact back to back!!! Being entirely mesmerised by the first, I began Conspiracy at Meru with huge anticipation and trust me, the faith in the writer never reduced. Spellbounding & strong characters, great plot and the picturisation of the wonderful surroundings and wartime effects is superb!!! Absolute 'unputdownable'!!!!
8 reviews
September 23, 2017
Brilliant follow-up to the first book of the series. I hope the author keeps the pace of the series and brings the series to a logical conclusion in book-3. Extending the series to book-4 would drag down the pace I am afraid.
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