The Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The first book of 2013. I was eagerly anticipating this one and was very disappointed that I could not get my hands on the book while I was in India. The book released a week after I left the country and I was on pins and needles waiting for my friends to get me a copy of the book.
While my friend came through for me, sadly Amish Tripathi did not. While the first two books in the series were amazing their own rights, the last one sadly left me dissatisfied with how the series ended.
What could have been an magnificent odyssey was reduced to a mere meandering.... What could have been the biggest quest for understanding the 'Evil' and how to face it turned out to be nothing more than a filmy drama of revenge. He who was a 'Mahadev' was reduced to being a mere mortal by the end of the tale...
The 2nd book built up on the evil that was about to be unleashed beautifully. Amish has his moments when he unveils the 'Somras' as the root of all the evils, but the book left a lot of questions unanswered than answering all of them. This I believe is because the author had too many plots in progress and ultimately ended up making a mash of everything else.
Maharishi Bhrigu, though introduced in the 2nd book is never given enough air time, and neither are his views clearly explained. It does not even make him as fearful as the characters in the book are of his legendary powers. Similarly the Vayuputras come across as a half baked plot.
For tribe left behind by Lord Rudra, they come across as very complacent, and it is also unclear as they do not recognize Shiva as Mahadev or Neelkanth, are they existing in parallel with the tribe left behind by Shiva. The tribe left behind by Shiva is the biggest blooper IMO.. I mean the Dalai Lama... seriously???
The end for the book was also a bit disturbing with Sati being killed and Shiva setting off the Pashupati-astra against Devagiri. IMO destroying Devagiri was not necessary at all as Shiva, Kali, Ganesh, Karthik and Parashuram destroyed the Saraswati in the end. So it was a bit of overkill with innocents paying for the mistakes of the few. In short with one decision Shiva destroyed the perfect empire of Lord Ram that he so admired in the first two books.
Also Sati appearing as two different mirages to Ganesh and Karthik and asking two opposite things from each of them was a bit wierd. Kali's personage was also reduced to that of mere servant rather than what the Queen of Naga demanded.
All in all the end to the series was more disappointing for me. I would have loved for Amish to have really come up with something which was in the vein of the first two books. While "The Immortals of Mehluha" thrilled me, "The Secrets of Nagas" amazed me, I must say that "The Oath of Vayuputras" disappointed me.