I finished reading the second book of Shiva trilogy “The Secret of the Nagas” as well. The story continues from the time where it ended in last book “The Immortals of Meluha” and in this book the author Amish Tripathi has just brought in more characters and some very interesting twists for the final climax. The quest of Shiva to find out the difference between good and evil continues. In the process, he is discovering many secrets about the society of that time.
I really liked the description of Suryavanshi and Chandravanshi concept where author has tried to explain two different types of societies as symbolism of male and female characters. Male societies described as orderly, lawful and very rigid whereas female societies described as free, romantic and fluid. His idea that the cycle of going from male to female continues and any society where the balance of male and female goes to extremes is bound for destruction and then the process starts all over again.
The romance of Parvateshwar and Anandmayi (symbols of masculine and feminine) and its culmination is extremely interesting. There are more characters of Kali, Ganesh and Parasuram. The concept of temples being used as wireless communication systems between priests is really over the top but mentioned with all seriousness.
As I had written for the earlier book, I have a love hate relationship with this book. I really do not like him for trivializing Indian mythology that has a very respectful place in my mind. At the same time he has done it in such an interesting way that I end up liking it.