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The Guardians of the Halahala

(Vikramaditya Veergatha #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  959 ratings  ·  136 reviews
"A good work of mytho-fiction" -- Anand Neelakantan


The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victor
Paperback, Second Edition, 428 pages
Published August 2016 by Jaico Publishing (first published November 1st 2014)
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Shatrujeet Nath Dear Vasanth, The Conspiracy at Meru, the next book in the series, will be out in April. Thank you for your interest :-)
Shatrujeet Nath Dear Jaydeep... Thank you for your message. I am glad you liked The Guardians of the Halahala so much :-) I can understand the frustration of having t…moreDear Jaydeep... Thank you for your message. I am glad you liked The Guardians of the Halahala so much :-) I can understand the frustration of having to wait, but I can assure you that the book will be out in March 2016. I have completed writing it, and now there's only the editing and polishing bit left. About Vishakha's recovery... well, you'll have to read the book to find out :-)(less)

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Vishnu Chevli
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Ever since I read "The Immortal of Meluha", I became huge fan of the alternate history or mythology genre. Half of my wishlist books are filled with this genre. The Guardians of the Halahala was in my wishlist for more than a year. I got my hands on the book few weeks back. And I considered myself lucky that I got author signed copy.

Indian mythological literature is pretty rich and deep. During our college times we used to think why Indian authors were not rec
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
I have to admit at the very beginning that I accepted a review copy of this book from the author without even reading the blurb. The reason behind it is the Author’s debut novel “The Karachi Deception”. I had absolutely loved it for his writing style. Then again, once I accepted and realized that this is a fantasy / mythological book instead of a gritty thriller, I felt apprehensive… what if the author isn’t as good in writing in a different genre from what I have already read and appreciated. I ...more
Vikalp Trivedi
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Deceived by hordes of positive reviews and being a fan of Indian Mythology , I picked 'The Guardians Of Halahala' , the book one of 'Vikaramaditya Veergatha' , written by Shatrujeet Nath.

As I started reading the book the start was slow , the pace remained slow throughout . It felt like I was reading story of a Indian T.V. serial . The book qualifies every quality to be a perfect Indian daily soap . Useless conversations , nothing happening in many chapters , half of the chapters were wasted in c
K.J. Charles
Epic Indian-set fantasy with kings, demons, deadly MacGuffin, pending apocalyse, betrayals, politics, conspiracies, and one meeellion characters. All the fun of the fair, in fact. I enjoyed this a lot as an epic romp: the massive cast somewhat overstretched my mental faculties at points but I got to grips eventually and liked the team of Guardians and the concept a lot. There's a *lot* of exposition and the writing is workmanlike, but it's a good big twisty story with a vivid setting and lots of ...more
Priyanka Roy Banerjee
For the uninitiated, Halahala is the poison that was churned from the oceans, expecting Amrit instead. It was deemed to be so potent that it could destroy the three universes and who better than the destroyer himself to consume the poison and save everyone. If the Halahala didn’t exist anymore, what’s the story about? You have to read to find out because it has been crafted so beautifully.
Kudos to Shatrujeet Nath for bringing back Mythology and Fantasy in my reading habitat. Recommended for eve
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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When I was 10, I was introduced to this story of King Vikramaditya and Betaal or "Vikram aur Betaal". I was fascinated by both the characters. Vikram, for being human and yet having courage to carry a ghost on his back and Betaal for his wicked sense of humor. Some years later, I was introduced to one more story of Vikramaditya, i.e. Singhasan Battisi. Since then I have seen him as a courageous and righteous king like no one. He was like Ram of modern world. My interest in this characters made m ...more
Ruchi Patel
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had my eye on this book since long and finally I got chance to read it and I am really glad that I picked up this book. My favourite genres are mythology and fiction and this book is perfect combination of both. The story begins with the scene of “Samudramanthan”. My grandparents used to tell me the stories regarding mythology and I have heard few stories regarding it. “Halahala” is the most powerful poison that has been derived from this process. So the Deva and Danava requested the lord Shiv ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by stating the obvious.
The Guardians of the Halahala is unlike any book you have read in the Indian historical fiction genre till date. The beginning of a trilogy, it effortlessly combines religion, legend, history and even one of the most iconic characters from our fables, bringing a unique perspective to their story.

review Godyears bookIt all begins with one of Lord Shiva's most iconic moments - one that requires not just the devas and asuras but also Lord Vishnu to work beside ea
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Rightly named Vikramaditya Veerkadha, the story happens after thousand years when Lord Shiva swallows Halahala, a portion that gives victory to whoever has it. Lord Shiva failed to drink the last portion of the Halahala and he can’t drink it again to safeguard the universe from depletion as He nearly died the first time. At this point of time, I found Mahadeva Lord Shiva to be powerless when he sought help from Vikramaditya.He is just like us needing help from trusted people once in a while.

It m
Shreya Ganguly
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title and the cover of the book is fierce and dominates the appearance a dagger looking royal and pristine, but bold enough to hint what the book beholds.

While many may contemptuously flick history as tales of the dead and gone, it has in recent times emerged a one of the best received genre. The art of combining fascinating history with appetizing mythology has not really been around but the Author seems to have carved his way in and has come to stay with a lasting impression. The recipe re
During the legendary churning of the White Lake : Samudramanthan, one of the most heinous things to be thrown up was the poison Halahala. Halahala had the capacity to raze both the Devas and Asuras to dust and wreck untold havoc on everything. The task to save the world ultimately fell upon good ol'Lord Shiva, who swallowed the deadly poison (ergo the blue throat) and averted disaster.


For Lord Shiva knew something that was oblivious to the rejoicing Devas and Asuras. A minuscule port
Arun Shourie
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories of Samrat Vikramadithya, the Superhero King of Ancient India, including the Vikaram-Betal Stories was what I fascinated most in my Childhood, when i used to read those stories in Chandamama. Fantasy was the major part in such stories. The Author Shatrujeeth Nath has choosen such part of fabled History which leaves much scope for him to add whatever fiction he wants, while at the same time using all the known contemporary characters associated with Vikramadithya (Nine Gems, Betal, Ind ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shatrujeet Nath and I worked together briefly at A&M magazine, and, later, he was part of the start-up team (of three) when we started agencyfaqs! (now afaqs!). He was a passionate – if occasionally forgetful :) - colleague who felt strongly about whatever it was that he was writing about. We were together for over five years until he left, later to become the editor of Brand Equity.

At some point, Shatrujeet took a different route to pursue full-time creative writing. When his first book, The Ka
Durvankur Patil
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
December, 2011

The Immortals of Meluha had cast a spell on me and left my mouth wide and gaping. I was in awe of the book like the rest of the country was; only thinking that this was the best book I ever read.

A few years later...

April, 2015

The spell was cast again and this time it was Shatrujeet Nath. The Karachi Deception had laid a solid foundation for the author and every book nerd knew that this man can tell a story better than the rest. The Guardians of the Halahala has left me speechless.

Suresh S
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am normally wary of multi-book fantasy sagas because I have a dread of that oft-used phrase in fantasy fiction - "world-building". I cannot be bothered to read through tomes of preamble and meandering description just to get to a stage where the characters and story finally get going. Thankfully, even with this first book of his proposed trilogy, Shatrujeet loses no time in setting the plot wheels in motion. In fact, with an ensemble of interesting characters and multiple narrative threads, th ...more
Pradyota Prakash
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, this book was a surprise find. Walking down Sapna's aisle, this book looked too inviting to not pick it up. I know I judged it by its cover, I decided to surprise myself. And surprise myself, I definitely did.

I had zero expectations when I started this book. I never knew I would end up falling in love with it. It's incredibly well written. I love Shatrujeet's style of writing. It's so rich, on par with the greatest literature books. The only thing that actually put me off was that the scen
Ankit Singhal
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is going to be the best fiction work on Hindu mythology. You read this and then you realize Amish's work is highly over rated. This book has everything a fantasy fiction should have: a wonderfully crafted plot, a myriad of characters and each of them built with amazing details and high paced story. The interesting part of the book is that you desperately want to know the climax but since you are enjoying the story so much, you dont want to miss the details.

Just a caution that book i
Vimal Raj Kannan
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
wanted to give 4.5 stars
the story is new for me not sure if it is entirely hindu mythology or a mythological fiction.
i have read only about the vikram and veetal adventures so i was surprised to know that the same vikram appears here.
there are lots of characters so i was bit confused in the beginning. only in the latter part of the novel i understood the distinction in different characters. initially i thought raj-guru, acharya & vetala batta are all different characters and raj-guru & dhanvant
Tanmay Meher
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling journey

You just need to start and I bet the grip does not go loose till the last page of the book. What a masterpiece developed by the writing genius Shatrujieet Nath!!!! There is not a single line in the book which will disallow you to sit straight . The fighting scenes are more than real, the way its being narrated, one feels like being part of that era and witnessing the events. Do hold your breath and don't refrain yourself from exploring this mythological fiction full of action
Vishal Kumar
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read. A surprise read with a exceptionally good story which you hardly get now a days. I loved the characters and specially the council of Nine members. After Shiva trilogy by Amish Tripathy, this is a must read and now I know we have good Indian authors as well who knows how to tell a good mythology tale.
Sriramachandra Murthy
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you write a beautifully crafted sentence, you feel proud and you enjoy every bit of it. When you read a well built sentence with a great vocabulary, you will be taken to a different world, and what if all those sentences are constructed in a book along with a well structured plot. This is 'The book'.. I don't have any more words to say than this.. Well written Sir.. Kudos..#shatrujeetnath
3.75 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️✨

Good book. 👍🏻✌🏻

Samrat Vikramaditya impresses with his qualities of duty, honour, bravery and many others, so do his band of counsellors. And I appreciate the author who actually bothered giving them all equal importance. I liked the action plots. They are very well written, but the book seems incomplete. The introductory part stretches more than it should, and makes the book a bit less interesting at the start, but once it’s 40% completed, it takes a good pace. But a lot of th
Sindhuja R
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent work of mythological fantasy blending in and borrowing from 3-4 legends. The author’s creativity and narrative shine and keep you hooked.
Nandhini Chandrasekaran
Full review @ http://nandhinisbookreviews.blogspot....

If there is a human brain that needs to be researched upon, next to Einstein’s, it is author Shatrujeet Nath’s. I am not trying to exaggerate, but you will understand the truth in my statement if you’ve read his second book, The Guardians of the Halahala. Certainly, such an intricately woven plot could not have come from an ordinary brain!

When I read The Immortals of Meluah by Amish Tripathi, I felt it was the best mythological fiction. It ma
Rahul Khatri
I really don't know where to begin to from .........
Lets start with the Cover Page - A very beautifully designed cover showcasing dagger with a shiny liquid in between the hilt .Simply superb .As the book is all about guarding Halahala so the shiny liquid is of course the halahala .
Now Another design that's on beginning of every new chapter of the book is of Sun Crest which is also vey beautifully designed .
And now the writting . As one can expect from the author of THE KARACHI DECEPTION , the p
Sachin Shanbhag
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: The Vikramaditya Veergatha by Shatrujeet Nath (Book 1: The Guardians of the Halahala, Book 2: The Conspiracy at Meru, Book 3: The Vengeance of Indra)

The Game of Thrones TV series has gone on to become one of the largest runaway successes of our times with a viewership that could rival or maybe even beat any other series. Having said that, the series originated from the books written by George R. R. Martin and any book lover worth his or her salt would swear that the books are so muc
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing work by the author which will transform to you the land of Sindhuvarta. An epic with adequate ingredients of twists, emotions, action and treachery. An amazing work!!

Read the Complete Review here
Sandeep Sharma
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a great debut with ‘The Karachi Deception’, author Shatrujeet Nath takes his readers head on with sudden change in genre. The Gaurdians of the Halahala is a Fantasy/ Mythological fiction which is a part of the series called Vikramaditya Series.
The Saga talks about the poison Halahala that was the outcome of ‘Samudramanthan’. Lord Shiva is believed to have swallowed the poison but the lesser known fact was that a portion of Halahala was hidden in a dagger who’s possession somehow reaches t
Jithin S
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who grew up on Indian mythology-cum-fantasy
Woohoo!!! Finally a Indian mythological fiction with fantasy elements to it, something which I've been waiting for. I was much skeptical about this book as I had awarded a 2 star to the only other book by the author. But being grown up on a daily dose of Indian mythology-cum-fantasy and Vikram-Betal stories being among by absolute favorites during my childhood, I could not myself from taking a leap of faith.

MAN-O-MAN, did the leap paid off. Shatrujeet Nath have more than got it right this time.

Niveditha R
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book proves that (some) Indian authors can write. There is no attempt on the part of the writer to overly simplify the prose. It was the first book that I read of Shatrujeet Nath, so I wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect, given that other Indian books in the same genre had been mightily disappointing (I think everyone knows as to what I am referring to here). The book is also decently priced. A few things, if tweaked a little bit, could have made it even better:

1. The introduction of new
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Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which includes The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru and The Vengeance of Indra. 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 Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thrill ...more

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