This book was launched amidst great fanfare, was awaited with baited breath, and was touted to be a massive hit even before it hit the stands. Amidst great fanfare the book was launched and promptly, as promised by Flipkart the book arrived on 27th morning but without the autograph which was the pre-condition for a pre-booking; this should be another story. But the fact that the reading experience started with a disappointment ruined the joy with which I had first opened my parcel Partly Amish Tripathi is to be blamed because this is a marketing strategy gone all wrong and Flipkart seems to have lived up to their recent fame of poor service.
I put aside the bad experience and started the book as this was one book i have been looking forward to for months altogether. It took me about 38 hours, keeping aside one working day, travel time etc to finish the book. To be honest, the reason why I finished the book in the pace was more because I wanted to finish it before anyone else, and not because the book was so interesting that I could not wait to finish it. This is one saga which lost its way, way too early. I finished this book because I did not want to leave a series mid way.
To trash this book will be wrong, the reason for the disappointment was only because its predecessors were so wonderful and totally unputdownable. I don’t know what went wrong, was it the pressure of delivering a bestseller that did it? One nagging feeling I had was that Amish knew this book too will be made into a movie at some point of time, hence most of the book was descriptive and at times unnecessary, which made the book too lengthy without a cause. But this book is a treasure when it came to mythology and the scientific explanation behind it, makes the book totally brilliant.
Most people will trash the book for the writing, I say the writing is what made this series so wonderful to read. Had this been written in a professional way then the mass appeal for a book on mythology would not have been there. In fact, to imagine characters from our mythology, revered as Gods, speaking in a colloquial language added to the humor and made the book such an entertaining read.
Functionally what went against this book was, the root cause was revealed way earlier and we were proceeding towards a known goal, there was no surprise element, no twists or turns, even humor was missing. There was a sense of foreboding that got intensified post 300 odd pages. Even the climax was a let down, it passed away in a haze. And honestly there was a time I felt like howling in frustration.
Keeping aside the things that worked against the book, what truly made this book click was the visual appeal to it. You could almost see Sati fight the warriors from Aten with such finesse. You marvel at Kartik’s maturity and the war strategies that ultimately made him the God of warfare. Ganesh’s love for Sati touches your heart where Shiva and Sati’s equation leaves you yearning for so much more. This book is ultimate when it came to way a lot of mythology is linked and explained in a language we all find easy to understand. The formations of war and the strategies were impressive and gave us a feeling of being in the center of all the action.
Pick this book up not only to complete your Shiva Trilogy because it is an engaging read.
My rating is a 3.25/5