The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha #2) by Shatrujeet Nath gives you a chance to re-experience the same thrill and excitement The Guardians of the Halahala (Vikramaditya Veergatha #1) gave us. The second book of the series picks up the story from the first book and submerges the readers in action and adventure with ease. You enjoy the evolution of this multifaceted story-line. With Devas and Asuras conspiring new schemes against the human king (and his council of ministers) and all the new battles surfacing on the pages, I found myself completely hooked once I started this book. The book has everything that will delight readers and will have you on the edge of your seats from the word “go”. This was the most anticipated sequels of 2016 and the book unquestionably lived up to my expectations. In every follow-up book of any series, there lies the huge potential pitfall of disappointing the readers. Thankfully, that was not the case with this book.
The book under review gives us an opportunity to revisit familiar worlds and characters. The author let us get to know the characters even better and we, as readers, got to read how they responded to new situations. We also come to know about some aspects of their past. While Shatrujeet hardly bothers to more than sketch his characters, they become legends quickly and make you crazy about them. A number of them are heroes but they fail many times, and this is what makes them likable. There is a real human side to it. Their kindness, bravery and loyalty make you fall for them. A number of new characters also make their appearance in this sequel. These new ones do not halt the flow of the main story-line. On the other hand, these not only inject new energy and help in building new tensions and twists, but also push the story forward.
Fantasy books generally come with a large number of characters and this large number of characters makes readers’ head spinning after a couple of pages. Well! This is not what happens in the present series. Though we have a large number of characters here too, you get acquainted with them easily and start to enjoy their company.
In the first book of the series, the author combined elements of Indian mythology and history, and offered us an enthralling tale. We saw the protagonists facing daunting tasks. The author took us in a world where all is different and magical. To the credit of the author, he successfully creates the same magic in this second installment of the series. Additionally, the book foreshadows the coming events, raises worrying questions and creates readers’ anticipation. This has been done via characters’ thoughts as well as signs and symbols. All of this indicates that the series is moving towards a grand ending. And, that is really good for us. Isn’t it? The climax of this book sets the stage for the third book and I will be eagerly waiting for that. This book made me develop an unhealthy obsession with this series. Hopefully, the third book will keep this obsession of mine.
There are certain books that you find it difficult to put them down. And, you find yourselves ‘inconsolable’ when you finally finish these books. Your condition becomes worse if the book you just finished is a part of a series. Now, you will have to wait for another year for the next part of the series. And, this is what I am feeling right now. Optimistically, I do hope that the next book of this enthralling series will come out soon.
Go for it! This book is a must read.