Consider yourself forewarned as this post contains spoilers.
Anyways, I didn’t want to go through the book and wanted to know the ending first. Now I’m glad I managed to contain my crazy curiosity otherwise would never have been able to gather enough courage to finish it.
Dilemma! Dilemma! How to begin the review of a book that left me confused & sulking? Anyways, let’s begin…Shiva reunites with his friend Brahaspati. Joy of meeting his friend evaporates when Brahaspati informs Shiva about the true nature of the ‘evil.’
It’s something that has been the source of good, but over the period of time has become evil & dangerous to the well-being of the people. It’s necessary to destroy the evil for the betterment of the future generations.
All the information confirms that everyone interpreted the prophecy as per their convenience. It also means that the Nagas are not the evil, but the victims of unfairness.
The unveiling of the ‘Evil’ is the most important revelation in ‘The Oath Of Vayuputras’. Shocking as well! Not once this twist entered my mind.
Also, everyone wants Shiva to come to the conclusion that the thing of value has indeed turned into the greatest evil of their time. Something I found weird, confusing and naïve. Other secrets also tumble out like how and why Shiva’s throat turns blue after drinking Somras.
And the worst part, the end, the shocking and mind-numbing end! Sati’s death is what I hate even in the mythology. However, at least the mythology is kinder than the book. I’m still sulking!
The unhappy ending is the one reason I still refuse to finish reading William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet.’
Besides Shiva’s revenge in the end…Nothing. The destruction that Shiva unleashes after Sati’s death is what makes this love-story interesting. But anger & destruction alone can’t salvage an uninteresting storyline.
I admire the author’s effort to create independent and strong female characters.
(Now) What’s Not Sizzling:
The length of the book (565 pages of dull writing and plot) along with Unhappy Ending! How can you tolerate such a highly toxic combination? I can’t! Next time I’d get my books from the library.
There are so many unnecessary details about travelling via water that at one time I thought I was suffering from virtual sea sickness. Or maybe I suffered from ‘dull-reading-sickness.’
If you thought book 2 is suffering from the issue of overflowing secondary characters. Wait till you read this one, there are so many that even with notes you’d forgot about most of them.
Don’t even think about banging the book on your head in frustration. The book’s thick and has the potential to give you, if not serious, but minor headache. You’d get it (the headache) anyway, after reading a couple of chapters.
The pace of the story is excruciating slow!
The first two books are good, but not this one. Combined, they are readable. Even my strong bias towards the main character failed to keep my interest in ‘The Oath of Vayuputras.’
Congratulations if you managed to finish the mammoth task of reading this mind-numbing sequel!
That’s the reason why I have a love-hate relationship with the series, they are not always consistent!