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The Conspiracy at Meru

(Vikramaditya Veergatha #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  623 ratings  ·  74 reviews

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 betwe
Paperback, First Edition, 408 pages
Published August 22nd 2016 by Jaico Publishing
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Shatrujeet Nath Dear Akash, sorry for the delay in replying to your question. We are hoping to bring the next Vikramaditya book out by end 2017. And thank you for rea…moreDear Akash, sorry for the delay in replying to your question. We are hoping to bring the next Vikramaditya book out by end 2017. And thank you for reading and liking the first two books :-)(less)
Shatrujeet Nath Dear Rashmikanta, There are 4 proposed books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. The Guardians of the Halahala is the first book, while The Conspira…moreDear Rashmikanta, There are 4 proposed books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. The Guardians of the Halahala is the first book, while The Conspiracy at Meru is the second. Thanks for writing in :-) (less)

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Vishnu Chevli
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"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 p
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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 wit
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 lockin ...more
Niveditha R
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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’ cha
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 wel
Bharathi G S
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Vinay Leo
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.

Review @ A Bookworm's Musing:

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. Fr
Ajoy Ashwinth
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 skirm ...more
Pankaj Goyal
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"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 al ...more
kartik narayanan
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to kartik by: Rajiv Ravindranathan
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 t
Mar 15, 2018 is currently reading it
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.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exactly how historical fiction should be written!
Anupam Kushwaha
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Namrata Ganti
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"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 Varar
Geeta Nair
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ten
Kavita Jhala
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 wit
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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).
Shoma Abhyankar
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 characte
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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 th
Shrikanth Venne
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 shi ...more
Vimal Raj Kannan
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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 characterist
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Dheekshitha Varshini
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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 lo
Shreyas Parchure
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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'!!!! ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
India s answer to the game of thrones

This an edge of the seat thriller.... Keeps you engrossed till the end... The plot is amazing and the setting truly awesome... This the mythology that we should be reading to our children
Varun Agarwal
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engross yourself to the fullest

Once you start reading it becomes difficult for you to leave it. With every new page you find something new unvealing and new plots taking its form.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting, mysterious and breath-taking. If you have any interest in what happened to the Halahala and you know what it is. Try this book for an adventurous journey.

I was desperately waiting for third part of this series. Glad to know it is available now.
Ashutosh Verma
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-fantasy
This book was overall good.....Liked the politics of it very much. The ending spikes the interest to read the next book in the series asap.
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Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which comprises The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru, The Vengeance of Indra and The Wrath of the Hellfires. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. He is also the author of The Karachi Dece ...more

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