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.
Arefa Tehsin employs the fantasy quest story to its greatest advantage to bring these elements to life, exploring the animals and humans of the rainforest. Mystic premonitions and forces blend with special interests on both sides, expanding Iora’s initial focus on her personal dilemma into world-saving issues.
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.
From The Udipur Times
Woaahh! What was that? Was it an adventure filled jungle safari or was I watching a Marvel movie?
All the youngsters out there, grab a copy of “Iora And the Quest of Five” from Amazon India, fasten your seatbelts and get on the action and adventure packed mind blowing trip with gutsy eleven year old Iora.
Tehsin uses a tested plot point to drive home the dangers of intemperate aggrandisement at the cost of nature. Apart from traits that one has come to expect of Tehsin’s work — humour, attention to detail, and a deeply-felt appreciation for nature — it also reflects the arc of her growth as a writer who can carry off diverse genres with ease.