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Gorur writes in a colorful style without ever getting lost in the visualization. To me that is one of the writing qualities that makes a great author; that plus character development. The main character Sanya is everything you would desire in a leading character. She is beautiful, intelligent, brave, but her courage is tested by mysterious and otherworldly characters. As the story develops, there are multiple sets of characters who contact Sanya through the electronic world of the internet and the paranormal world of dreams and visions.
Strange things happen to Sanya which seem to correspond to her visions and communications with strange people she meets via the internet. The messages Sanya receives are ominous and she gradually comes to believe that her very life is in danger. She is torn between the two characters who have mysteriously come into her life. Which one should she trust? While reading this story, I went through many of the same emotions as the main character Sanya. I wasn’t sure which stranger I should trust.
I want to note here that I was a little confused by a couple of the other reviews. It makes me wonder if they had some ulterior motive for writing a negative review that seemed to indicate that they didn’t actually read the book. Aymaran Shadow is a superbly written book with an ingenious plot that spans centuries and continents, all leading up to a kind of paranormal vortex. My only disappointment is that this is the only paranormal book that Gorur has written to date. I hope that he continues to write in this genre and I wholeheartedly encourage him to. I highly recommend this 5-star book.
I enjoyed not only the high level of suspense in this story, but the captivating premise as well. I also enjoyed the author's writing, as I found it clean and intelligent. The only issue I found in the writing was the excessive use of adverbs - more so in the beginning half of the book - which left me to contemplate leaving a 4 star instead of a 5, but it did not take away from the story itself.
I am so glad I stumbled across Gorur's work. I'm an avid reader and am always looking for new authors to try out. When I read the description of this fairly short story, I was immediately drawn in. The idea of having someone from a past life out to get you is pretty original and a very nice change of pace from the topics usually seen in paranormal stories.
As the story opens, Gorur takes us back to a past life of the protagonist, Sanya. A past self suffers a series of humiliating/degrading wrongs before being murdered. This happens in Bolivia in the late 1700s. While it's an important section to the story, I almost stopped reading after a few pages because the content wasn't anywhere near something I'd want to read. I wanted paranormal, and the opening made me think I was getting myself involved in a story largely written as an old school crime. Murder stories don't really interest me.
But, do not let the beginning deter you! The story quickly focuses on the present day. We meet Sanya, a psychology student in India that is beginning to have strange things happen to her. Being of an analytical mind, she tries to make sense of events ranging from curious to downright bizarre. It isn't an easy set of situations to link together.
What's great about this is that, at least for me, I felt very connected to the confusion she had as I read the story. This isn't a book that makes it easy to predict what will happen or what the characters' motives are. I didn't have a clue until right near the end. This was also a bit of a crutch, since my confusion made it a little tougher to get fully immersed in the story. It wasn't like I was being led down a particular road only to be jerked to another with some big revelation. A part of my mind was constantly trying to figure out what was going on. It was a great tool to get readers to become invested in Sanya's tale, but overall in hurt the readability for me. I think the author intended for the story to be puzzling though, so this is mostly just a personal preference and not a failing on Gorur's part to fully flesh out details.
There were a few little things I can be nitpicky about. Sometimes a word would be missing from the sentence, pulling me out of the story a bit more. There were also some details that kind of felt thrown in. I'd comment on them in more detail, but it'd make this review a bit too spoilery. They're facts that, should Gorur write a followup, might be important, but they weren't of any use to the story. There's also a slight chance the book will become dated. Whenever you mention modern day tech, you run the risk of bringing up something that readers in a few years may not have a clue about. Facebook may not stick around. These aren't major things at all, but they do pop into my head when thinking about where the story might go.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading Aymaran Shadow. I'd be interested in seeing a follow up based on how the story ended. There's room for more development, so maybe we'll see a followup in the future! Give the book a try if you're in the mood for something that'll make you scratch your head as the story unfolds. Happy reading!
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