Last few weeks, Amish Tripathi got many people around here excited by announcing a contest to guess the theme of his next book series. There were twitter/facebook contests for guessing the theme with #WhatsNextAmish hashtag.
I was not paying much attention to it though I had read the first two books of the Shiva Trilogy and liked them. I skipped the third because of its sheer size and people who read it commented it that it could have been 200 pages shorter.
Things changed when Westland Publishers sent a mail asking if I want to get involved in the Mystery Box Challenge associated with Amish’s new book. And I said an yes. I received the parcel last week at my office, but I had taken few days leave due to fever and the contest was over by the time I opened the parcel.
Nishita had already posted a unboxing video and I was pretty clueless looking at it.
The box is a solid wooden box with some decorations and with few golden and silver strokes. I loved the lock of the box.
When I opened the box, it contained a vial of mud-like substance ( I think it is fine mud), a scroll with secret clue to guess about the new book series and the promotional letter from Westland Publishers.
Below you can find the picture of the scroll containing the secret clue about the book. Since the book and the series title has been already announced, I am not going into much details. It looks like different people got different clues.
So did someone guess the series correctly? Did someone win any of the contests? I think the first book will take few months to be released – around October 2015 and it looks like it is going to be a 4-5 book series. I think Amish has the potential to gain more popularity if he plays his game carefully. I thought that Shiva Trilogy could have been better with a better editor. I hope he takes his books a little more seriously this time.
Read my review of the first book of Shiva Trilogy below. Guess I missed writing the review for the second one :)