Book Review: The Secret of The Nagas – Amish Tripathi

Update: Oath of Vayuputras is up for grabs!

As soon as I had read (and reviewed) “The Immortals of Meluha“, I knew I had to read the sequel. It was too interesting to leave the trilogy midway and not know what happens next. So it was no surprise that 80K more people agreed with me. That is the number of copies of The Secret of The Nagas that had been pre-ordered as per some article I had read. Thanks to Flipkart the book was delivered within a day after its official release and the wait was not too long. Now I cannot wait to pre-order the book-3, hope Amish Tripathi comes out with it soon.

The Secret of The Nagas picks up from where Meluha ended; and steams ahead for a few chapters before resorting to a tranquil place in the events that take place at Kashi. After those few languid chapters, the book keeps on speeding ahead with new revelations, new opinions and ends with a nice twist (although a tad foreseeable), and yet keeps the readers hanging for the part three of Shiva Trilogy – The Oath of Vayuputras. Many new characters have made an appearance. Primary of those are the sons of Shiva/Sati, the royal families of kingdoms in Swadweep, and a few Naga characters too. There were a few parts of the book where I felt Amish was going on a tangent, but later on realized that events that took place earlier always had an impact on the happenings later on.

While the events in book-1 took place in Meluha and ended in Swadweep, events in book-2 unfolded in Swdweep and ended in Dandak Forest – the Naga territory. Going by the same logic I’m assuming events in book-3 would be concentrated around the Dandakaranya. Comparing this book to “The Immortals of Meluha“, I feel the first part of trilogy was better – but then that book was a genre changer. While “The Secret of The Nagas” pales in front of Meluha, it is better than most of the books I’ve read this year. Amish Tripathi is a very good storyteller and has rarely penned in any flab in the book. Each word, each event, each chapter moves the story forward with an eye on whatever is to happen in the next chapter or next book. The author has a very firm control on the flow of the book.

If you’ve read The Immortals of Meluha, you must read The Secret of Nagas. And if you’ve not read the books of Shiva Trilogy and are even a tad interested in Indian Mythology, go buy both the books now and read them.


29 Responses to “Book Review: The Secret of The Nagas – Amish Tripathi”

  1. 1 Sam August 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Love the description of the first book, “genre changer”. Absolutely right.

    • 2 Kunal September 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      The first book did spawn a complete new genre. Amish says he is going to concentrate on Ramayana/Mahabharata among other things once he is done with Shive Trilogy.

      I guess those would be great reads too considering Mahabharata can eclipse any drama anywhere, anytime.

  2. 3 Online Shopping Store August 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    All three books of Shiva Trilogy is really great read. Amish has truly defined a new genre in writing and most creative one too…!

  3. 5 Anuradha August 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I agree with most of what you say about the book.

  4. 7 Saurabh Kumar August 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    The Character of NeelKhantha is Amazing and others too. You feel things happening in front of you.

    Om Rudray Namah, Om Shivay Namah.

  5. 8 Mohan J August 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Book 2 is a good read…probably a bit disappointing on the plot of Ganesh, Kali & Parshuram…could have been better…..hope Amish makes it up in Book 3

  6. 9 Vikram S. Mathur September 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

    The first book was an eye-opener, and was very engrossing reading, the second book was also excellent reading, because I read it cover to cover in just 5 days flat, that too, after working the whole day!!

    And yes, I believe that the third book “Oath of the Vayuputras” will begin from where he left the story in “The Secret of the Nagas” in the city of the Nagas and take us, who knows where? Looking forward to the third book !!!

  7. 10 mani September 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

    both the books were absolutely fantastic.I am waiting eagerly for the oath of vayuputras. Amish presented the mythology in a gripping way to the readers hats off to him.

  8. 11 Radha September 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I had hoped some more action in the Dandakaranya forests.. but overall it was a compelling read.

  9. 12 Anoop.B October 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thanks to you Kunal for your contribution in my decision to buy both these books and at a discount thro’ Flipkart……and I’am enjoying every moment of the story like all the other readers. First book was superb and second one gains momentum from 100 odd pages onward….awaiting the 3rd part…then Mahabharat & Ramayan ofcourse 🙂

  10. 13 Richa Verma October 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    i am waiting for the oath of the vayuputras eagerly. 🙂

  11. 14 Mahadev Dash October 17, 2011 at 12:22 am

    it might be a little silly, but the book has smwat changed my approach to life…. thanks amish…

  12. 15 moonstruck November 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    just finished Secret of nagas in one sitting . it was a great read .
    in start i imagined lord of ppl naga like dementor of harry potter but towards end my imagination shaped him like bal ganesha . i wish this book didnt involved so many dieties . it should be a pure fictitional story without so much refrence to real dieties .

  13. 16 Srikant Suvvaru November 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I actually didn’t think The Immortals of Meluha was such a great book. Compared to Banker’s Ramayana, Amish’s storytelling isn’t as riveting. Also, I’d have liked a little more character backstory build up for Shiva and the tribe. Banker truly redefined Indian Mythology for me. Which is why I was looking for a book review of Book 2.

    Anyway, cheers.

  14. 17 puveshini December 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I just read the book 1 and am halfway through Book 2. My uncle got the book from India and seeing me hanging n to every page has motivated him to start reading as well 🙂 waiting for the third book

  15. 18 Sudhi JOshi January 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    well one must say the approach is good…..but the books arent…..
    it is full of flaws(not w.r.t. mythology though)
    for instance, in the 2nd book….if going to the land of the Nagas was so difficult……how would families of newborn naga babies reach the land of nagas single handedly?
    must be simple logic but i just coudnt figure it out….
    and in both the books Shiva commands respect just because of his Throat from strangers…….once they see the throat…..and not because of his Charisma and Calibre

  16. 19 krishendu hazra January 25, 2012 at 4:22 am

    in one word amish has created a new wave in storytelling,i could find his extensive research and analysis of indian mythology splashed in every page of the books…………very intutive and logical in terms………dont know bout the real fiction but this 1 is not only fascinating but also very just on how he dealt with evry character………..

  17. 20 Siddahrth Gupta January 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    i just finished the book Immortals o Meluha today. Amish is a good story teller agreed . extensive research work , excellent subject selection but understandably he have to mature much in writing. he sometime starts to sound like praising things and apologetic more ten needed to effect the story , the narrative style is also over-stretched I stuck to all the 400 plus odd pages because of the strong subject. the over descriptive lengths of the book fail to create images in readers mind (in short did not achieve what it was ment for) and started to bore me at places.As the story progresses the writing style changes improving in style but including many boardroom language not acceptable in the story and period of it he chose.
    many things he failed to clear like why did he kept calling this country India when in those days was called Bharat khand and probably the place above narmada was called Aryabrath (I Am Not So Sure) But we do call it so today. Did he suggest that the storyline belonged to the time before second migration wave this time from Iran bringing Aryans and Sanskrit Dev and Asurs are Words of Iranian origin (pre Islam iran). Why did he mentioned Idly in the breakfast Nilkantha had with daksha. Bhrigu muni was definitely from Ballia but there is no account of the fact if he ever influenced any political selection of any king. I the langauge was in accordance with then story he was telling i would have loved it. I do not suggest use of Elizabethan(Early Modern ) or Norman. But not the one used on nookads and between friends and certainly not from Hollywood movies. never the less i have already bought the secret of nagas and look forward to the last in trilogy and wish him all the luck with one that will arrive.

  18. 21 rockkrpras February 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    i guess d vayuputras wud b d monkey clan eg hanuman as he was d son of vayu god

  19. 22 Vineet February 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    any guesses who had ordered an attack on mahadev n his clan in the naga forest…………!!!!

    King Dilipa…..

  20. 24 Nikila June 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Definitely nice to a refreshing book from an Indian author, but Amish has to mature quite a bit in writing style. Quite often, he spells out things for the reader rather than building up the situation and letting him come to conclusion. That is something that takes away the joy of reading. Amish also gives every character a black / white shade inspite of the concepts of good and evil he proposes. For instance, it is quite predictable that emperor Daksha is not a good guy from the way Amish write about him. Most characters are also stereo-typed and over-emphasized – every time Parvateshwar comes up in a scene, he has to make a point about Lord Ram and following his rules. And, of curse, it is a bit irritating to see all characters weep and swoon as soon as they see the blue throat.

    Inspite of all that, I did enjoy reading both parts and the second one is way more mature than the first.

  21. 25 shyam nayak August 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    i agree with most of what u say.

  22. 26 Divya October 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Absolutely Spellbound.. amazingly written !! 🙂

  23. 27 Namita Nair November 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    the book made for a riveting read..i finished reading it in 2 days… amish is a fabulous storyteller.. although the language used by the neelkanth sucks sometimes.. 😦 … i felt the first part was better… looking forward for the third one…

  24. 28 Narendera Mishra March 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    amazing,absolutely worth talking and discussing

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