I have been a Lord Shiv fan since a while now. He is one of the coolest gods from the millions we have. So when I stumbled upon the link of the very first promo video of this trilogy some years ago it sounded very exciting. I could not wait to get my hands on the book. The first of it’s kind on the lord and one which had a very interesting take on the same. The premise being that Shiv was a man like you and me but his actions lifted him to a status of god over the years as his exploits were narrated from generation to generation
The first book of this series was a runaway success. But considering I had a long line up of ‘must reads’ then I could not read this one for quite a while. Finally when the book came into my hands, I eagerly started reading it. By the time I got to the 50th page I was cursing the language used and lamenting the loss of such a good subject by the author. However, I soldiered on, hoping that the story would pick up somewhere down the line. Thankfully it did. The storytelling was racy and of course the premise was unique anyway. Now I am not a grammar nazi to really kill Amish but then I am sure there are a few hundreds who would queue up. What went in his favor were the other thousand who bought and read it. All in all a good start and left me waiting for the second.
The second book released amid high expectations. The expectations had of course increased and I felt that somewhere the story went flat and the narrative predictable. It felt cliched. Again, I would credit the author for not losing his original style of writing even after he got thrashed in the first book by the literati. I don’t remember much of what happened in that book but was surely disappointed and waited for the last and final book with a little less enthusiasm.
There was a lot of euphoria around the release of the last instalment of this series. Amish marketed the book well and also released an audio album which I think was a superb idea, just that the execution was not great even though there were big names in that album cover. The kind of mixed reactions I got to hear about the book made me wonder if I should read it at all. Some loved it, many hated it.
I finally managed to complete it yesterday and I must say that it was not that bad after all. Amish has paid the price for being popular and it is in fashion to pull such people down. Yes I agree the language left a lot to be desired and great premise was not fully exploited but come on people, give this guy the due. I have great respect for anyone who gets a book published and Amish had three and all of them topped the best sellers list.
So even though it is a 3/5 rating from me, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a mythology fan like I am. Good job Mr. Amish. Har Har mahadev!