There are some series that are much anticipated for a reader. For me, one such series is the Vikramaditya Veergatha series by Shatrujeet Nath. The previous book surpassed my expectations from the first book in the series. I was hoping that The Vengeance of Indra, the third book, would be even better.
United they stand, divided they fall; or so the saying goes. With a dangerous mission comes dangerous enemies, and it’s the time for unity. However, the council of nine aren’t together. A few are at Ujjayini as the city recovers from the aftermath of the Devas’ and Asuras’ attempts to get the Halahala; others are elsewhere, protecting the kingdom against other threats. The mission for some have remained the same, the protection of Veeshada’s dagger from the enemies; for others, priorities have changed. Characters not in the spotlight try to get their own wishes done too; ascendancy to the throne, betrayal of the throne, other mind games.
There’s a twist. Something that might mean nothing personally to Vikramaditya, but that changes the priorities for another character. Nuances of human nature are explored very finely. The rebuke given to a particular character finally goes past an acceptable limit, and a new faction seems to be on the horizon. Kalidasa’s actions from The Conspiracy at Meru progress toward an unimaginable ending. Pralupi’s overprotective, demanding character goes up a notch, and tests Vikramaditya’s patience too. Ghatakarpara, her son, has his own unexpected troubles. The bravery of Shankubala also is wonderful to see.
Be it deception, compassion, forgiveness, friendship, trickery, ambition, loyalty, vengeance or redemption, this third part of a four-piece jigsaw brings the series to such a point where the reader knows there is action on the horizon, but doesn’t know from where it will come. As a reader, I’m left wondering if at the end of the fourth book, the Council of Nine will remain standing as strong as they were in The Guardians of the Halahala.
Pace-wise, this novel is perhaps a bit lacking in comparison to earlier novels, but it is the farthest from being a boring one. And the cover art is perhaps a notch lower than the earlier one. I only wish I could have read this sooner than I have, but life tends to get in the way at unfortunate moments. To sum it up, I’d say this novel has set the tone for the next book by adding fuel to the Hellfires (pun intended).
|Title: The Vengeance of Indra||Series: Vikramaditya Veergatha #3|
|Author(s): Shatrujeet Nath||Genre: Fantasy/Mythology|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9789386867575||Publisher: Jaico Books|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
2nd June 2018)