Iora & the Quest of Five

A new edition of ‘Iora and the Quest of Five’, a rainforest based young adult fantasy, has been published in the U.S. this November (2022)!

It is Book 1 in the series of 6 novels.

From Donovan’s Literary Services:

“The real enchantment of this story lies not just in its action and adventure (which abound), but in its underlying ecological message about the importance of environmental preservation and the environment’s connections to human health and well-being… Young readers able to absorb not just a powerful fantasy adventure story but its underlying concepts of relationships and bigger-picture thinking will find Iora and the Quest of Five a compelling story, while libraries and teachers will want to choose and feature it for its exploration of real issues that exist under its fantasy overlay.”

About Iora’s Adventures Book 1:

“Iora overhears sinister whispering coming from her well and is attacked by a strange creature. She knows her father is in mortal danger, but no one will listen. She sneaks out to search the enchanted Wacky Wilderness for him, but Beetle isn’t about to let her go alone. Among the jungle denizens, they encounter wild animals, hidden tribes, secretive lands, and strange and magical creatures: some friendly and some not.

After finding one of the guiding angels of the forest, the search for her father becomes a quest to save the jungle. They only have 17 days to find the other four forest Angels and the elusive Spirit of the Jungle. But the dark forces aren’t going to sit by and let that happen…”

The new edition available on all international Amazon sites.

Amazon India

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Cover by the splendid Priya Kuriyan

Crimson Dragon Publishing

Press/ Reviews of New Edition Released in the U.S.:

The Indian Express: By the Book by Paromita Chakrabarti The best books on nature/forests that leave you bewitched An Excerpt on Children’s Day 2022

Udaipur Times: Book Review


Press/ Reviews:

Indian Book Reviews


The Lucknow Tribune

Udaipur Times

Between the Lines

The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

Sakaal Times

The Hindu

Free Press Box

A Thousand Wrongs (Blog)

Bookaroo in the City 2

Bookaroo in the City 1

The Asian Age

Mail Today (India Today)


MSN News

Zafri Nofil’s Blog

Business Standard


Indian Wildlife Club

Young India Books

Udaipur Times

Me About My Thoughts

The Gulf Today

Deccan Herald

Iora-Signature (2) (700x210)


Iora eBook

Delhi Launch by Dr. Shashi Tharoor on 5th Sep:

Mumbai Launch by Shabana Azmi on 25th Aug:

“A spirited tale about determination, finding friendship and embracing adventure. Iora will leave you enchanted.”


“So many happy, sad and wondrous moments rise up like bubbles…Arefa Tehsin, so comfortably at home in the forests,  opens up for us a brave new world populated by enchanting, strange and engaging creatures.”  SHREEKUMAR VARMA Author, playwright & columnist

“A fantastic voyage!”

SIDDHARTHA SARMA Author & winner of Vodafone Crossword Book Award 2009 and Sahitya Academy Award



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