TITLE: The Vengeance of Indra (Vikramaditya Veergatha Book 3)
AUTHOR: Shatrujeet Nath
PUBLISHER: Jaico Publishing House
Vengeance is a Cage. Forgiveness is Freedom.
In their greed to possess the deadly Halahala, the devas and the asuras have employed every dirty trick against Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine. But the humans are still standing, bloodied but unbowed.
When the wily Shukracharya discovers the secret to breaking the Council’s unity and strength, he forges an unlikely alliance with his arch-enemy, Indra, to set a deceitful plan in motion.
As cracks emerge between the councilors and their king, ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Vikramaditya and Kalidasa’s friendship, signaling the beginning of an eclipse that will cast a long shadow over all that Vikramaditya holds dear. And into this shadow steps Indra, bearing an old grudge – and a devastating new weapon.
How much longer before the Guardians of the Halahala finally fall apart?
To write is an art, to keep the reader spellbound and yearning for more is magic. The magical touch of Author Shatrujeet Nath continues to hold the reader spellbound right through the third book of the Vikramaditya Veergatha Series too. While the first two books saw some truly captivating war scenes take away my breath, this one saw a crafty Indra wreak a vengeance shattering, without as much as a war cry. While the first two books in the series saw an Avanti strong and resilient thanks to the unity within its governing council, the faith of its people and its strong allies, this one sees a country riddled with fear for the future, one smarting under the blow handed down by Indra and tension simmering within its governing council. Will Vikramaditya fail? Will Sindhuvartha fall into the evil hands of its enemies? Will Indra be successful in calling the shots or will the wily Shukracharya succeed in his devious game plan? To know this we will have to wait for the final book in the series. And I must say that once you finish reading ‘The Vengeance of Indra’ you will hate the wait.
The book is a bag of emotions. There is hate, deceit, fear, determination, hope and much more. One can’t help but empathize with Varuchi, grind the teeth on seeing Kalidasa switching sides and feel proud of the metamorphosis of Shanku from a simple lasso to a strong and determined warrior. One also can’t help but feel a bit disillusioned with Vikramaditya at times especially with respect to his attitude towards Varuchi.
There are twists that will leave you pondering and turns that will make you sit up and wonder what’s coming next.
The language is as usual simple, crisp and lucid with the power to bring forth the scene of action live before one’s eyes. The style of narration and the pace are perfect. Characterization has always been the author’s strong point and this one is no exception.
So, is there anything that left me disappointed?
Well, if you’ll ask me how I found this one in comparison to the previous two in the series, I’ll say it was one notch below.
1) I think, the title gave hopes of something truly ominous, something really gripping like a full scale war scene. But that was not to be.
2) The note of discord within the governing council, of which I’ve been a great fan, left me thoroughly shattered. Maybe I always believed that the bonds within the council were so strong that they could weather any calamity as one, without falling prey to personal grudges. They could never disintegrate. But I was wrong. I felt a sense of loss.
A wonderful read, one I’ll strongly recommend. I’m sure even those who generally keep away from mythological/ fantasy fiction will love the ‘Vikramaditya Veergatha Series.’