This is the third book in the Shiva Trilogy series. The author has somehow managed to put good, if not perfect, finishing touches to his masterpiece. It is understandably a challenge to end a fantastic series such as this, with an equally fantastic conclusion.
Shiva is in Panchvati with his entourage, just recovering from the surprise attack when he discovers that Brahaspati is still alive. When Brahaspati explains the ill effects of Somras, Shiva realizes the weight of his responsibilities as a leader. Shiva and his followers ultimately decide that Meluha, the primary location of the Somras, has to be destroyed. The plan is executed with the help of the Vayuputras, who finally have an introduction in the story. Meanwhile, Daksh plans a strategy to bring his daughter, Sati, back and at the same time terminate Shiva and his troops. Is Daksh successful and is Meluha destroyed after all? All that is revealed as the series comes to a closure.
Amish Tripathi's language and narration are at par with his previous books. But at some places he appears to have gone a little slow, maybe to highlight the depth of the historical topic being discussed. Nevertheless, it is captivating enough to carry us through till the end.
The book, on it's own, cannot claim to be as exciting as its prequels. But yes, when the story tragically ends it urges one to think about how good and evil have been existing simultaneously in the world since ages. And how, there would always be that particular 'One' who would brave all odds and obstacles to free mankind of unrighteousness. This story reestablishes the fact that there is always hope.
I'm sure there would be many like me who would love to read more of Mr. Tripathi's works, particularly on Indian history. As for this series, a super duper hit!