Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book Review: The Vengeance of Indra by Shatrujeet Nath

Title: The Vengeance of Indra
Author: Shatrujeet Nath
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

Shatrujeet Nath’s ‘The Vengeance of Indra’ is the third installment in his superbly famous Vikramaditya Veergatha series. This book is a little cynical, plenty dark, with not many laughs and — truth be told — not much action. But then that’s good because it means that the story is progressing at a nice pace and without mindless fighting sequences. 

The book picks up where ‘The Conspiracy of Meru’ left off. Vikramaditya’s kingdom is still reeling from the aftereffects of the attacks. The devas and the asuras have employed every dirty trick against Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine. But instead of being deterred, our protagonist stands his ground. Amidst all the conspiracies, Vikramaditya and Kalidasa’s friendship develop cracks, threatening to upset everything that the former holds dear. Shoorasena continues plotting even as King Harihara tries to face up to his dilemma and Chandravardhan tries to come to a decision. Into this chaos steps Indra — the one character on whom the present installment is named — bearing an old grudge. He’s here to wreak havoc and he brings with him a devastating new weapon. In other words, a lot is happening in the lives of the characters that we have come to love or loathe.

Nothing new needs to be said about Nath’s writing style. He keeps mesmerizing with his simple yet impactful writing. He keeps the story on such a short lease that it never deviates from its set course even though sub plots keep blossoming here and there with sufficient integrity.  

To sum up, ‘The Vengeance of Indra’ is a vast, rich saga, with splendid characters and an intricate plot flawlessly articulated against a backdrop of real depth and texture. Readers will salivate over this fast-moving and well-plotted yarn, which is part of a consistently appealing series in which each assignment is billed as the best ever.

All we got to do now is wait patiently for Nath to pen down the grand finale as he sets the stage for ‘The Wrath of Hellfires.’ I am so ready for it and hope you will be too once you read the latest installment. 

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 thriller.

I'd like to thank the author and the publisher for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

* I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
** Picture courtesy: Amazon.in

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