Iora and the Realm of Legends

5.00 out of 5


by Arefa Tehsin
Cover Design by Priya Kuriyan

A captivating read!

An adventure packed mind blowing trip!


What if an evil character escaped into the real world?

Iora, Owlus, and Chinar, 12-year-olds now living in the rainforest school Gurukul, enter the realm where the rainforest legends and stories are kept. They must capture the Ghost of Echo, who has joined hands with Homo diabolus, to prevent an ancient prophecy from favouring the dark forces.

Will the three friends, along with their reluctant guide, The Laughing Boy Who Never Dies, be able to stop the deadly Ghost of Echo? Or will they be forever caught in the realm and become a legend themselves?


Ages 11-15, Grades 6-9
Paperback ISBN:978-1-944644-41-3
E-book: 978-1-944644-42-0

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Young adult readers of epic fantasy and adventure who look for stories embedded with these elements and solid, compelling young characters will find Iora and the Realm of Legends a gripping read…

The story’s complex setting and contention might confuse kids at first, but Arefa Tehsin creates compelling characters whose special interests and force power through any initial complexity…

As a series of encounters mingle to create avenues of confusion and new possibility for the trio, young readers will find the potentials and promises of this realm to be as inviting as considerations of its impact on the broader environment outside its borders.

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Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × .511 in
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18 reviews for Iora and the Realm of Legends

  1. 5 out of 5

    Book 2. FINALLY! And what a gorgeous cover! Iora has a dark and almost impossible task – to enter the Realm of Legends and find the culmination of an age-old prophesy. She must leave the security of her forest school Gurukul and enter world that only exists in imagination. But she is not alone, her best friends Owlus and Chinar will not leave her side. But separation is something none of them had imagined. A sensational story. A dazzling world. A must read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    This forest based fantasy series is a breath of fresh air! And what a clever plot of the sequel. Just like The Jungle Book, young readers should read the Iora adventure series to sense our neglected connect with nature. The author seems to have done a lot of research on jungle myths and legends as well as the characteristics of a rainforest. It is ideal to be used as a supplementary book for middle graders/young adults. I would say it both for children and grown ups. A wonderful book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Iora and the Realm of Legends is the most original fantasy book that I have read of late. I thought Iora and the Quest of Five (Book 1) was remarkable because of the unique world building (in a rainforest) but the author seems to have outdone herself. With parallel storylines, suspense builds up throughout this book—this book of many stories.

  4. 5 out of 5

    An amazing writer, who keeps her readers tied up all through the journey of reading her works, From “Iora and the Quest of Five” to all the following novels by her, both Fiction and Non fiction, I have read most of her books. I love reading her columns and articles too. Iora & the Realm of Legends is yet another fantastic work by her, I am sure, as I could feel the same excitement once again, after starting to read it, a journey for the readers ,full of mystery, thrill, adventure, and a lot more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A cracking read!
    Even better than the first book, which I loved. And Laughing Boy Who Never Dies, I wish I could laugh away to eternity too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    WOW! What a gripping story! Put on your armchair belt and be ready to go on a spin in the realm of legends chasing the Ghost of Echo! The sequel – Iora and the Realm of Legends – was a compelling read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    The Iora saga continues in this brilliant sequel Iora and the Realm of Legends. The author has drawn from Indian subcontinent’s ancient schooling practice of a forest school Gurukul with a Guru (teacher) and Gurumayi (Guru’s wife) in it, where students, even princes, would be sent for a few years of training. She has thrown in jungle legends, both loveable and ones that would make you cringe, along with a good potion of fertile imagination. The story was a treat to read. This is what fantasy done right looks like.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Five stars all the way for this fantasy cum mystery…replete with adventure and intriguing, well-rounded characters! My favourite remains the brass-faced Owlus, Iora’s bosom foe. I have come out of Iora’s new Gurukul world, believing in legends that live.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Author Arefa Tehsin pours her experiences, observations and knowledge related to the wild and wildlife, which have been an important part of her childhood and upbringing, into her writings. She beautifully weaves her knowledge with her imagination. Iora and the Realm of Legends, with its veritable cast of characters and settings is a thriller cum fantasy cum adventure cum mystery. A high class piece of middle grade/young adult fantasy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    I finished reading this book in two days, amid the unusual rains in Mumbai. All the favourite characters made the appearance in the sequel (although Baba’s was too brief!). The author portrayed a forest school, a world where one would long to be furtively. What an adventure! Five stars, of course.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Iora and the realm of Legends, the second book in Iora’s Adventure series, is as brilliant as the first one. A MG/YA fantasy, the gripping plot with riveting twists and turns, the charming characters and the incredible settings, it will enthral you.
    Can’t wait for the sequels….

  12. 5 out of 5

    This young adult fantasy is GOAT! The two books can’t be compared, but it is the same feeling I got when I read the first Harry Potter novel. I finished “Iora and the Realm of Legends” in two sittings and have already recommended it to some of my friends who read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Iora and the Realm of Legends is gorgeous, right from the cover till the end! There is something about Iora’s adventures in the forest that captivates the reader. The world building is original, the characters (Iora, Owlus, the non-jungle dweller Chinar, the dwarf Guru, the myriad creatures and tribes in the Realm and their reluctant guide The Laughing Boy Who Never Dies) well-crafted, and the plot gripping with its many twists and curves. Wildly imaginative!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Had been waiting for the sequel and it was worth the wait! Iora and her two best buddies Owlus and Chinar are boarding students at the forest school Gurukul this year. They embark on a nail biting adventure into the Realm of Legends, that only exists in the jungle’s collective imagination, to save the rainforest from Homo diabolus yet again. A must read for all fantasy lovers, young and old alike.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ‘Iora And The Realms Of Legends’ by Arefa Tehsin is the second book in Iora’s adventure series. It was set-up against the enigmatic backdrop of rainforest that invites the readers to immerse themselves into it’s mystic and realm.

    This book is based on Good V/S Evil theme retriving the essence of light and darkness woven around some larger the life mystical characters thst offers both humour and allure to the readers. This fantasy-fiction drama is suitable for the readers of all age-groups due to their charismatic appeal to the masses.

    Cover of the book is remarkably curated keeping the concept and theme of the story in mind. Tehsin’s crispy storytelling prowess will keep the readers engaged till the end.

    Overall, I really enjoyed reading this top-notch book in the Iora’s adventure series.

    Must read❤❤

  16. 5 out of 5

    This is like a cake you will not be able to put down till you’ve devoured the last bit of it! Iora’s adventures’ Book 2 left me wanting for more (especially the teaser at the end with the first chapter of Book 3)…

  17. 5 out of 5

    It is the freshness of the setting that gets you in this story. Iora’s adventures are a crossover YA. There is nothing juvenile about the complex storyline, the prose or the underlying message. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of these rainforest tales – both the Quest of Five and the Realm of Legends, even more!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Iora and the realm of legends is a book that once one has started to read can find it nearly impossible to put down. From her exciting adventures beautifully brought to life with captivating descriptions to the Indian touch added to the story really makes me connect to it. It’s a novel all readers must try !

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