The Vengeance of Indra by Shatrujeet Nath is the third book of the series called Vikramaditya Veergatha. After thoroughly enjoying the first two books of this series, I picked up this book with a lot of anticipation. At the same time, there was a certain apprehension too. In every follow-up book of any series, there always lies a potential pitfall of disappointing the readers. However, I was assured that the author will not fail me. And, you know what, this book proved me right. In this third installment of the series too, Shatrujeet shines by offering an exciting plot.
This book is not like the first two books of the series. While the first two books of the series were filled with action-packed drama in the form of a number of thrilling war scenes, this book was centered more on the development of characters and sub-plots. But, do not worry. The lack of war scenes does not alter the pace of the book. The plot moves ahead at an amazing speed. Shatrujeet has a knack of making anything sound exciting and thrilling. He knows the art of hooking readers into his writing. He does not force his writing on his readers. On the other hand, the plot in his books grows naturally. This results in making the action in his books such that keep readers guessing until almost the very end. The plot in this book is filled with suspense, thrill, action, magic, bravery, loyalty, conspiracy, cat and mouse games, backstabbing, and many things more. The description of places, characters, and situations has been done in such a way that you can visualize them as you read.
Almost all of the characters have been given their individual voices in this series and this is where this book scores the marks too. Though the presence of a large number of characters may clutter and confuse the plot-line, it could be a masterstroke if executed with brilliance. And, this is what we find in this book – a brilliant execution of multiple points of views. We get to know these characters closely as we peel away the layers of their lives. In other words, we get to the heart of these characters and discover the truth behind their lives, and this is what makes these characters memorable.
As is generally the case with Shatrujeet’s books, from the very first page, the beauty of this book is evident. The book radiates authenticity and not only charms like the first two installments but also takes it to the next level. The author has done really well on almost every front. While some readers might find it short of expectations (mainly due to lack of action-packed scenes), a majority of readers will appreciate the way the book has been executed. Sadly this entertaining and captivating book is finished. The author has beautifully played with my psychology and left me wanting more. Now, I will have to again wait for a long time to get my hands on the next installment of this series.
If there is one fantasy series you want to read this year, make it Vikramaditya Veergatha series. This series is worthy of your time.