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June 27, 2019

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Westland
Genre - Mythological Fiction
Publishing year - 2010
Language - English
ISBN - 978-93-80658-74-2
Pages - 417

The Immortals of Meluha

My Review - 

The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi is a journey of a man becoming the destroyer of evil. Shiva stays at Mount Kailash with his tribe, but their rivalry with Pakratis forced them to migrate to Meluha. It is considered heaven and a peaceful society. The people are followers of Lord Ram and called Suryavanshis. The Meluhans are looking for someone who will become their messiah and save them from their arch enemies Chandravanshis.  

Shiva is destined to be that person, to become the Neelkanth, but he will not believe in prophecies or think that he is the right person to do the job. His past somehow stops him from acknowledging his reality. Shiva falls in love with Sati, the daughter of emperor Daksha, which leads him to break the age-old traditions of the Vikrama people (who are punished in this birth for the sins of their previous birth). For Shiva, everything is overwhelming, and the expectations of Suryavanshis are too much for him, but his friends help him see the truth. They are ready to die for their Neelkanth.

The growing terrorist attacks by Nagas and Chandravanshis will lead Meluha's emperor Daksha to declare war. Shiva leads the army, but what will happen when the destroyer of evil realizes his mistakes. Knowing another person's side is crucial. The feeling of vengeance will lead him to his journey, but his destination is far away.

The story is a perfect blend of modern-day technologies and Hindu mythological legends. Every character is described well and in an informative manner. Whether it is a war sequence or a simple conversation, Amish's writing hooks the readers, but I feel there is a lack of suspense. The narrations are explicit, as well as the language. 

Amish Tripathi creates a world of fantasy in his debut book, including corruption, caste system, and unnecessary laws, and enters the readers' hearts. I definitely recommend this book; if you're a mythological fan, don't miss out on this book. 

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