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My Rating - 3 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Westland Ltd
Genre - Mythological Fiction
Publishing year - 2013
Language - English
ISBN - 978-93-82618-34-8
Pages - 575

The Oath of the Vayuputras

My Review - 

The last book in the Shiva Trilogy, The Oath of Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi, started with the secrets of Brahaspati's passing and why he planned his own demise. The fight between good and evil is now at its ultimate stage, but many mysteries still confuse Shiva. So before he decides on the path that leads to war, he wants to understand every aspect of Somras and how it becomes evil. 

When Shiva gets his answer, he prepares his army for war. Many will trust his lord Neelkanth and betray Meluha, but many choose Dharma over their living God. Different allies came in the time of need, strategical plans were laid out perfectly, but Bhrigu (Rajguru of Meluha) announced Shiva with King Daksha and Dilipa a fraud. Shiva was not chosen by the Vayuputras tribe. They were the people left behind by Lord Rudra to assist the new lord whenever he rose. Many of them were against the Shiva, which made his task more challenging.

Shiva Trilogy by Amish

While the book was named after Vayuputras, their role was neither significant nor gave the author much-needed space. There were so many monotonous things, and the story felt unnecessarily dragged. There are so many characters that you can't remember them all, but a few stand out, like Kartik and Ganesh. I fancied the two action sequences the most. First, when Kartik battles with Magadhan and second, Sati's battle with the people of the Aten tribes. 

Everything is explained ideally so that readers don't have any loose ends. This book is all about the equilibrium between virtue and vice. It portrays that whenever darkness rises, it will be destroyed by the light. However, the people chosen by God will build a new path despite the loss they have to endure. The battle demanded sacrifices, and in this story, it took everything from Shiva. Even his reason to smile and live. 

Amish Tripathi delivered a decent conclusion to this trilogy. The book is thick, but it is fast-paced. It is neither intriguing like The Immortals of Meluha nor crafty like The Secret of the Nagas, but still, it is a good one-time read. If you haven't read the series yet, give it a try. It is suitable for beginners. 

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