Long Lived Zara
Deepak Rana

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Synopsis

Hoti – a fictional tribe set in the ancient times, is facing the terror of dark powers. Over the centuries. The darkness has grown and has taken the other creatures of the world under its control. But Hoti, which is guarded by Zara, remains unruffled, until she embarks on a long journey to the palace of Torland. The visit changes her life forever and compels her to live in solitude. Thirty nine years have gone by and there arrives – Hami– a wizard from the other side of the river.

Who is he? Will he help her in saving the tribe or the problems

intensify because of his dark past? The answer lies in their last

journey to the palace

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Abhishek Joshi

Nov 13 '14
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Divya Tomar

There is one thing about fantasy books and also the movies which is interesting to notice. They build the story very nicely. Long lived zara in that way looks like a nice beginning of a fantasy book. There are three things that I liked in this book so far:

Building the story.
Description of characters.
Language use.

All the best.

Nov 12 '14
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Karan Joshi

Nov 06 '14
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Saurabh Yadav

A nice work. I have read the sample chapters earlier also and few parts have been edited it seems. There are quite a few things that I liked a lot in this book.

Firstly it has been a work of pure fiction which means the characters and settings are work of pure imagination. i admire writer's work with the details that have been provided. I also liked the way magic has been described. The language is very beautiful. I can see that it is not a work of an amateur but a good writer. I wish the writer good luck.

Nov 05 '14
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Oct 31 '14
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Lokesh Kaushal

I had a hard time getting into it but I can now see why it has been such a popular book on Bloody Good Book for so long. The story takes it's time developing but it is very well told. There were several beautiful, heart felt and heart wrenching parts.

Oct 29 '14
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Nitesh Mahajan

I'm about to start reading it again, because what good is a story you only want to read once?

Oct 28 '14
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Oct 17 '14
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Ashish Negi

The details are presented very nicely. There are many characters that makes you think as a reader. Storyline seems to be going well from the third chapter.

Oct 16 '14
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Sachin Malik

The beauty in the narration of the story and the detailing in it was too awesome. The story seems to be picking nicely from the third chapter, but it occurs to me it is going to be a long book of long lived zara.

Oct 08 '14
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Murli Mishra

Great read.

Oct 07 '14
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Misha Aggarwal

interesting.. really interesting. this is something of the sort i have never read before and would surely like to read further. good luck!

Oct 06 '14
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Nikhil Mahajan

Loved the concept.

Sep 27 '14
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Devanshu Kumar

Thist is one of the finest books and I'll tell you why. The writer has this knack to capture life in this book, and with the help of his imagination, he paints an entire life before the reader's amazed eyes. The book appears to bes the ultimate metaphor of life. You will travel the world or a new world through writer's eyes, and yet you will feel it real. It's interesting, sweet and sour, gentle and memorable.

Sep 27 '14
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Manisha Oswal

5 star to a tremendous book.

Sep 24 '14
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Hariharasrinivasan Ramasamy

When I approached this book I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Even now, after I read it, I realize that Long Lived Zara has many different levels of comprehension. I also know that a fantasy books need the greatest levels of imagination.. Perhaps that is why I'm so impressed with this work.

Would like to read further.

Sep 24 '14
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Rishab Sikarwar

This book has pretty much everything that a good adventure book should have: lots of action, close calls, relatable characters, and I can even smell a love story squeezed in there. I really enjoyed the story so far, especially because it kept surprising me. I'm usually able to see where a story is going, and this book took unexpected turns in the plot again and again, and kept me guessing.

Sep 23 '14
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Sushmita Singh

Yes, this is the book to delve into. It's rich and very promising.

I enjoyed the first three chapters immensely. The mystery and the sense of wonder at all those people you encounter with each new page and marvel at their wit and that wiggle you could almost see in those pages with their infectious smile. It's true I've read this book on and off for quite some time but that is due to no reason of it being boring. Quite the opposite I assure you. Towards the end of second chapter and alongside the beginning of third chapter, I started feeling less amazed by it, story took an unexpected turn while the characters began to form the plot of this rich story. I thought all the characters amidst such an epical story were very convenient and enjoyable.

Sep 22 '14
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Prateek Dixit

A writer can be best judged by the way he or she describes the characters which in this case is nicely done. Kudos for this masterpiece.

Sep 22 '14
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Manu Manoj

This is going to be a big one. A perfect story as it seems.

Sep 21 '14
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Mamta Kashyap

It took me a very long time to get through all of the magical mumbo jumbo at the beginning of the book. To be quite honest, I almost DNF'd this one, but something kept telling myself that the story will emerge slowly and that happened after the second chapter.. I'm very glad I did. I'm normally a romance king of girl, and I love romance novels. But I try to branch out and often I find that I can really get into different genres. Still, the four stars is due to the slowness at the beginning. I am sure that the whole book would be even better than this.

Yes, this was a fabulously well written book.

The term 'well written' is subjective, and I cringe sometimes when it's overused. I try to stay away from it altogether, but I have to use it here. The writer did such a fabulous job in his writing. He managed to convey a sense of melancholy, almost like I was watching an old historical TV show in black and white or something like a mythological movie. Once all of the characters are introduced and their personalities become apparent, I couldn't help but be drawn into this strange-to-me world of the tribe, strange events and the odd intricacies that tie them all together. The whole time I was reading, I had this anticipatory feeling in my gut, always expecting something big to finally be revealed. I knew that somehow,, but it took a very long time to figure out how.

Sep 21 '14
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Vicky Chauhan

The hardest thing as a writer is building a world, something that stands out as authentic and interesting. It's a strange comparison, but I would say that this book reminds me a lot of 100 Years of Solitude in its capacity to build worlds. Both books are rich in detail, almost to the point where a reader can easily get lost in the cast of characters and the richness. I think this book, no less than 100 Years of Solitude, leaves would be writers in awe of its ability to build a complete playground for its unfolding story.

There are three or more mysteries going on at once, a cast of characters that expands, contracts, deepens, and leaves you feeling that behind the story there are even more stories and that the cast of characters could expand effortlessly.

I've never really been a fan of fantasy fiction, but this book made me want to pick up more, perhaps read more books of fantasy, after I complete this one.. That's saying quite a bit.

Sep 19 '14
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Manish Bharat

WHAT A WONDERFUL READ!

Sep 19 '14
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Abilash Gajendran

Zara, why are you so amazing? Why, why, why?

Such an engaging story!! This belongs to the group of books that made me forget time and space while reading it: if my bus stop was not the last one, I'd have frequently ended up somewhere different than at work in the morning... yes the three chapters took me a week to finish. and these chapters also account for some of the tiredness I'm feeling at the moment due to the fact that I often read them repeatedly.

Great work. keep it up.

Sep 18 '14
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Pragati Chadha

Have so many expectations from this book. Blew my mind. Cant wait for the hardcopy so that I can enjoy in a better way.

Sep 18 '14
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Roshan Bhardwaj

Gripping tale.

Sep 17 '14
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Antriksh Sindoor

I am so glad I read this book. This is one of the best reads that I have come across in the recent times. There are a number of things that appealed to me.

Thé style is refreshingly direct, frank, witty, ironic and disturbingly genius at times.

The imagery is too beautiful and somewhat shocking but I found myself laughing and thoroughly enjoying the book.

Hoti is a newly created establishment ( I suppose) and the author has described life as something different, and even then you can connect with it.

I greatly appreciate the work and as I said it is one of my favorites, looking forward to discover the rest of the chapters from the book.

Sep 16 '14
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Aneesh Jaganath

Thats what you call BRILLIANT.

Sep 16 '14
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Surbhi Sharma

This was a great book. It was a real page turner that I couldn't put down at all. This book could have made me stay up all night and call in sick just so I could finish it( sadly only three chapters are there). It's one of the most horrific books I've ever read. And definitely the most engrossing.

I found the first part of the book was harder to swallow because of how different all these people were, including Zara. and how messed up a world they live in. Especially that it was my first suchnovel. The second chapter was very interesting and extremely captivating; the world actually begins there and you get to live it through wonderful details that have been provided.

The story itself was pretty realistic in a sense that in the first chapter how Zara does little bit of magic and the other people remain in an amazed state.. This is what makes it so good, you can imagine it actually happening and it is funny and spooky at the same time..

I didn't particularly that I was made to wait at the end of the third chapter and, I found they didn't let us see , but I hope the book will do the justice.. Waiting passionately.

Sep 14 '14
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Ankit Kumar

Took me almost two three weeks to read the first three chapters and I can say that it is getting better and better. The way plot is being built, it has raised my expectations from the book. The writing style is unique, more suitable for a fantasy book and is very exciting. Through the first three chapters, I learnt that there exists a different world and I would love to learn more about it.

Sep 14 '14
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Sep 10 '14
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Lalit Kumar

I loved this book. Being able to see things from so many different perspectives keeps you entertained throughout. There are so many unexpected twists, and even when the book is a bit slow, but you are always on the edge of your seat just waiting to find out what craziness will happen next. Thrilling, full of surprises and a powerful narrative. Would love to read the complete book.

Sep 10 '14
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Amish Sharma

Good read, a bit lengthy, but all right for a fantasy book.

Sep 10 '14
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Sajwan Virender

Bloody good!

Sep 09 '14
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Natasha

Do not give up reading!!! Read till the end would be my advice, as it takes time for the story to create a grip on you. The characters are nicely written.Overall it was a nice fantasy and would love to read further.

Sep 08 '14
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Rajesh Kumar

A nice read. Enjoyed thoroughly from start till the end of third chapter.

Sep 08 '14
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Malviya Damini

Admittedly, I had a very hard time getting into the writing style of the author at first, and pretty much forced myself through this book. But then - oh, then, well well well! Because this book is literally a magic. And while the book is not the best that it could have been, it is still unbelievably good.

Sep 08 '14
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Ankitpal Singh

Very nice read.

Sep 07 '14
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Ashwani Singh

I'm not really that big fan of the fantasy genre. Actually sometimes i find it boring or just not appealing to me at all. For some reason i added this book to my to read list and then decided to give it a try.

I must admit I was starting to consider to delete it from my to read list because i didn't feel the interest to read it, I was all like "Why did i add it???.... really!?" but i already made a promise to somebody and so i said "Oh, What the hell, let's see what it's got"

I started off with the idea that i was not gonna like it, in fact i wasn't enjoying it, I was on page 40 or 50 and i was having quite a hard time to get into the story. There are way TOO MANY incidents happening. all at once!!! and they all have the weird characters and i was just so frustrated because i was reading and was all the time asking myself what's happening, and who the hell are they talking about, and i wasn't really understanding anything at all...

So... I decided to give up the book... I thought it was too much... it really is too much. I had no idea how to move ahead, who understood the story...

But... that was only a thought, i didn't quit the book. I CONTINUED!!! and when i reached the third chapter, it started to get SO AWESOME, i couldn't believe i was seriously considering giving it up!!

Thank god, I continued, 'cause now I cannot wait for the full book.

Sep 07 '14
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Rakesh

Great ambition and vision, character development and a plot that is full of interesting scenes - 'unputdownable'!! I found myself having conflicting emotions about several characters and changing my mind about them more than once; and I had to learn the hard way that no one is safe and sometimes life just is not fair.

On the downside, I felt that the author tended to carried away in his world and described in too much detail certain events and lineages that were peripheral to the story. The plot seemed to stall in the last chapter with very little progress, and regression in some story lines. It could have been much shorter without any adverse effects (not to mention fewer disgruntled readers must have left wondering why they had to wade through so much to get so little); and some of the 'surprises' undermined the credibility of the whole enterprise so far and seemed to be an indicator of the author being stuck.

To be honest, this is a decent read and I would still recommend it to the fantasy lovers.

Sep 06 '14
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AK Pranav

I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars. On the one hand, characters, story and writing are mostly superb. Nothing drags or bores. Interesting and visual scenes throughout. Unpredictable in a good way. Truly engrossing entertainment, and fodder for discussion as high fantasy should be. The best reason why I could consider this a 5 star read is that I plan to read the full book , and I generally avoid big novels due to often ending up dissatisfied and disgruntled.

So, what not 5 stars? A couple of reasons. First, the three characters became annoying caricatures. They lost all depth. (To avoid spoilers, I'll not name the ones I mean.) Greater disclosure into the characters' motivations would have allowed the reader to understand them as something more than the evil witch of the west type villain. In reality, which this novel adheres closer to than other epic fantasies (such as Lord of the Rings), an outright evil person needs motivation unless they are orcs or some other bad to the bone creations.

My second reason for not giving 5 stars is simply personal preference. The language of the book. The story warrants the simplicity , and I wouldn't deny that , but neither do I find enjoyable.

Still, this is a laudable work. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Sep 05 '14
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Akash Kumar

When I began to read this book, I thought it was too lengthy and it was going to take too long. But when I finished these three chapters, I thought it was a pretty good book. In my own experience I kind of liked this book, because there are a lot of adventure and they are always something is new to find out. When you finished the first chapter than you wanna read the second chapter. It's always exciting. The magic of Zara sort of fascinates me.

Sep 05 '14
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Sudarsan

There is still some scope of improvement in terms of making the narrative more interesting for the readers, especially in the parts where too many details are being provided without much of the conversation. But overall, I think the writing and the storyline are good enough.

Sep 04 '14
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Ranvir Singh

By the time you finish these three chapters, a lot has happened in the real life but you kind of enjoy the imaginary world of the book. The book is highly engrossing and provides you a deep understanding of the imaginary world. Can be too slow at times but if you do like to read on this genre, this could be a wonderful read for you. I like the way story is being built in the initial chapters.

Sep 04 '14
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Inder Chauhan

Very descriptive. Needs effort, but its worth it.

Sep 03 '14
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Deepa Magar

3 reasons to read this book::

1. Good writing skills.

2. Interesting plot.

3. Depth in the characters.

Sep 03 '14
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Ravi Kumar

Never judge a book by its cover. Holds so true in this case. The three chapters themselves explain the richness in the story which are also good indicators of creativity and imagination. I would not write paragraphs of praises but just one thing that this seems to be one of those books that you can remember for a long time.

Sep 03 '14
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Sep 02 '14
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Swapnil Dhule

Descriptive, imaginative and brilliant!

Sep 02 '14
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Yogendra Rathore

I have read the author's first book - Sky beyond the clouds, and trust me he has got a good potential. This book, although seems to be much different from the previous one, but once again the writing is quite good and the story is gripping.

Sep 02 '14
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Prabhjeet Singh

There are books that you casually read and then there are a few, that drench you in the beauty of its literature. This one goes to the second group.

Aug 31 '14
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Onkar Deshpande

Far from reality and far more beautiful!

Aug 31 '14
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Samradh Tandon

I choose this book to read going by the reviews. I like to try and read a book with good details and imagery and this is a book that everyone who is like me - should read.

I found it very readable for a fantasy (little dramatic) and found the almost soap opera like events intriguing. The book was able to keep my interest throughout these three and I thought the characters were mostly realistic. An interesting premise, woman who possesses magical powers, starts telling her story and then the story goes way back in the past.. Lots of characters follow, but the main ones remain a few. An interesting way of story telling - very fresh and unique. Looking forward to read the book to understand how far the writer has gone here.

Aug 30 '14
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Abhishek Nehra

A beautiful journey it is. would like to complete it soon.

Aug 30 '14
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Pravin Awatade

My Rating - 4.5 / 5

A commendable job by the author.

Why the book deserved a 5 star rating – The book had a good story, plot, twists and most importantly kept me immersed through ought despite its length. The author have got a way with words. It is such an ease gliding through pages without a slowdown in pace through out the book. Keeping the tradition of fantasy books with detailed descriptions, I think this book will some day make a good movie.

Aug 29 '14
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Kuldeep Bhakare

I think this book is one of the finest books I have ever read in the fantasy genre. It is a great work of writing and is full with a great plot. In just three chapters here, there are more than hundred pages and it was at times hard to concentrate as there are too many things going on in the story. But if you understand it once you will love it for sure. Many people have already mentioned in the reviews that it is verbose - well yes, but if you are a literature enthusiast, you will have a great time here. No wonder it has a great rating here. I will say that was the reason that I started reading this book but now I just love the book and could barely wait for the book to come out.

Aug 25 '14
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Dheeman Roy

PLOT: 5/5
CHARACTERS: 5/5
LANGUAGE: 5/5
WRITING: 4/5
OVERALL: 5/5

A must read for everyone who wants to know how a good fantasy book should be written.

Aug 24 '14
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Brij Kishor

The story tells the mind boggling details. Going well. Would love to see the climax.

Aug 22 '14
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Kithaab Sris

This one was too verbose for me.

Aug 20 '14
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Tushar Das

Yes I rated it 5 stars! How could I not because all through the span of my reading this book not even once did I feel as if I am reading a great saga of a fantasy, rather all through it felt as if I am reading the most inspiring story of very normal human beings and yet the human beings were different. It would certainly be wrong to restrict it within a narrow category of a fantasy tale but for every reader there's one particular aspect of the book that intrigues him, and for me it was Zara! My opinion of a writer or a film maker is instantly determined by the way an author describes his characters and the author in this case has won my heart. And of course all through the book you are going to come across many instances when you end up learning so much and have the experience of diving deep into those emotions that come along with all that wisdom...something that only a few choice books can provide you! Zara, it was great meeting you in your amazing land of Hoti...shall be visiting you again...and again...and yet again! Thank you so much dear author for that treat :)

Aug 18 '14
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Vikas Singh

It is well conceived, too predictable at times, it seems it did not surprise me much on how the novel progressed. However to it's credit the story has kept me engrossed, the literature in particular is too good and it is because of the literature, I am planning to buy the book. Hope it gets published soon.

Aug 18 '14
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Mahendra Gaur

The ultimate fantasy story for children and adults. Everything I remembered it would be and more. First read was a few days back, and I've been coming back periodically since then. Perhaps I will read the book even more number of times.

Aug 17 '14
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Hrohit Kumar

A fantastic read for those who want to read slowly and take their time to enjoy every detail of a book.

Aug 16 '14
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Vinit Ahlawat

It took me at least thirty forty pages to start enjoying this book. It is bloated beyond belief. Nevertheless, I'm really glad I read it. Despite it's constant meandering, the story is never predictable and the characters are solid and interesting.

The characters are nicely developed. A lot of hard work seems to be in the picture and that keeps the reader busy in this book.

Yes, this looks like a very thick and dense book (both physically any stylistically) which works as both a story and a literary classic: some of the straight-faced footnotes can be very funny. If you can get into it (It isn't for everyone) this is a very rewarding book.

Even if you are not a fantasy reader, give it a try. It is worth a try.

Aug 16 '14
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Gaurav Juneja

I really enjoyed this book, and i think that anyone who would like to read it would love it. They way the plot forms throughout the book makes you want to read more and more.

Aug 15 '14
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Pranati Kohale

I really enjoyed this book. The narrative has this very epic, very mythical feel to it. Almost as if you're sitting by the warmth of a fireside listening to a storyteller describing the experiences of Zara, a beautiful woman destined to face the challenges. It's a great bedtime story, and, in fact, I've been reading this story for the last few nights before bed. It is going to be a long book I suppose--and that gives me more reasons to feel excited. Because it is not only a story rather an altogether different world covering many adventures, it can be a bit lacking in character development and world building compared to the classic fantasy novels, but rarely you will feel that (that's the reason I have not given the 5th star). Also the simplicity of this magical fantasy is so good. So good that it is one of the things I admired most about this book. It really shows the skills of the author--how he can strip down the story to just the basic elements, yet still have a solid narrative that is both interesting and entertaining. Furthermore, this book is timeless. I didn't feel like I was reading a novel written in the ancient times or medieval times, rather you do not even think about the time when you read it! That fact alone amazes me, so I guess I am going to read it as soon as possible or would request the author to send me a copy before it gets published.

Aug 15 '14
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Krishna Das

I'm afraid that this book is so good that I think I've ruined my life for not reading fantasy. .

The story is rich and complex. The characters even seem real enough to breathe. Just like real people do, those you love will do despicable things. Those you've hated will do or say things that soften your opinion of them at least some. Most importantly...THINGS HAPPEN in this book. Yikes. And when they happen, it just might grab you by the throat and shake you. Eventually you will love them all.

Aug 13 '14
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Yusuf Ali

Great book overall. Really had a strong liking of all the main characters- Zara, Hami and Doku, though my favorite character of all was the minor character Samshal, and the difference that he makes to the whole arrangement. Would love to see him playing bigger role in the upcoming chapters.

The one thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars is the sometimes seemingly endless prose that plagues several sections of the book. Instead of covering situations with dialogue, they are often just glossed over in several paragraphs of description. It oftentimes became too much and I had to stop reading it for a short while. Other than this one complaint, I loved the novel. I've read the three chapters and I can say that the writing gets better and better with each chapter, so I look forward to reading more of them!

Aug 11 '14
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Nikesh

A nice read.

Aug 08 '14
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Aug 04 '14
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Rahul Sharma

Reading a wonderfully written fantasy piece after a very long time. What the author is trying to do here, is to build a big story, I can guess that from these three chapters. Cannot wait for the book.

Best wishes!

Aug 04 '14
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Soutrik Goswami

5 stars for writing.

3 stars for value for money.

4 stars for story.

Overall - 4 stars. I think I have been too careful with this. It needs to get published soon.

Aug 04 '14
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Vishakha Narayana

The most outstanding epic fantasy debut novel I have ever encountered, that kept me awake reading into the night.

I was recommended this book a while back by a friend, in view of the fact that I am an avid reader of the fantasy genre and love to hear about new, fresh works within this genre. As soon as I began to read chapter one I knew that I had stumbled upon something quite exceptional, that I can only explain as my reaction being something on a par with how I responded the first time I ever read JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

It is writer’s originality, depth and complexity of plot, fluid and beautiful narrative that makes this story not just your average magical, fantastical delight but somewhat truly great. It is like someone has opened a door onto the fantasy world glancing at Narnia, Middle-Earth, Pern and Novaria and has then looked even further across the horizon to see the four corners of civilization, where this inspired writer’s world lies amidst all of the familiar and outstanding creations that we know and love. It is humorous in places as well and absolutely terrifying, as it touches upon all the senses making you feel so many different emotions like never before; with one minute anxious and scared to the next feeling totally elated and empowered.

To conclude, Hotians’ world is a beautiful world and I would love to be a part of it.

Aug 02 '14
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Debasis Tejas

You know I actually did try to read this when it first came out, couple of months back. I gave up about halfway through like Eh, who cares, boring. It’s a little hard to review objectively but I know now that the book is totally worth my investment. Actually reading the three chapters, it seemed pretty much like children’s story.

So the book? Is fine? I liked it. It drags in parts. The whole section with Hotians’ culture felt like a long way around, structurally, to get the characters where they needed to be at that point. And all the characters, ugh. That a sport for magical things should be just as fantastic as sports in real life.

But for a little part of the book that I didn’t like, there was a part where I got totally choked up with emotion. But the way this story keeps turning and growing while adding more characters, is simply fantabulous. Hats off to the writers for that.

What I wonder is whether my emotions, my investment in these characters is really earned by this book. I kind of suspect, but the truth will only be revealed once the book is out and I will definitely watch for it. There are very few good books coming these days though the overall number of books have increased quite a lot. I hope this one won’t disappoint me… Four stars for the story till now, I will make it five if I read the whole book and like it the same way.

Aug 02 '14
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Vishal Rajput

Outstanding work, what else can I say. This will definitely become the next big thing in the world of fantasy. I can hope so. I like the way it is going. Will wait to read more.

Aug 02 '14
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Shantanu

Read this book, I mean the excerpts, on a lovely rainy day. Well, could not help but to fall in love with it. There are many reasons: 1. The imagination of the author is brilliant. 2. Writing is pretty good. 3. The details are intriguing.

Aug 02 '14
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Gargi Bhattacharya

Good literature. Not bad. Bit slow from the third chapter.

Jul 29 '14
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Kamlesh Joshi

This book is exciting, entertaining and extraordinary, from the amazing descriptive writing of the author, to the amazing personalities of the characters, this is an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone who likes to be surprised every time you turn a page.

I mostly loved the way that the characters were always full of surprises and the quirky things that keep happening in the tribe. It was full of rich language, it was funny, exciting and most of all entertaining. Loved it.

Jul 28 '14
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Rohit Sisodia

An absolutely well told and very thrilling story. the world that has been created is wonderful and as I read more and more pages, I found more connections that are built into it. A must for everyone who likes fantasy. and don't fear that it might be too long ( I am quite sure) when the book will come out.

Jul 27 '14
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Swagat Patil

Wow...this book has it all. Fantasy, adventure, strong memorable characters, an ultimate evil, beautiful description of places and creatures, and much more.

What I love most is the careful attention to detail that the author took to write about. He created a whole new world. He granted he has recreated the men and women in such a way that absolutely boggles my mind. It seems to me that he has also made up creatures of his own. Now granted there are tales about talking snakes, but I have never come across such an interesting creature as the Hotians.

Jul 27 '14
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Tapesh Dangi

Long lived zara is a story that tells us things we need to know. It cannot be taken in all at once. It is one of those that we have to grow into; stories that deal with the way the world is made, and the way the self is made. These stories are like dreams, but dreams that can be shared by an entire culture; wholesome dreams that restore a balance to the psyche by turning our energies and our thoughts toward truth; dreams that resemble an oasis in the desert. Reading them can be an adventure, an experience or what i would call - a journey.

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Rohit Bansal

This book is very good i was on the website searching for a fantasy book as a harry potter book fan and one of my friends had also told me about this and i was very suprised about this newly created world. i relly want to complete that book as i started reading it and i said i cant read it only till the third chapter, i want to read more. Waiting for the book.

Jul 26 '14
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Dee Je

Most of the time I will only read a book once, a few special ones I have read twice, this one (though it has only three chapters) I have read at least five times and I plan to continue to read till the book comes. It is unquestionably the best story I have ever read, it will have a place in my heart until I die. It's true the story drags in places, and there are verses and some silly characters in it, etc...but the themes of loyalty, and sacrifice, as well as the incomparable description of the tribe are what make this book unforgettable. This book truly has heart.

Jul 26 '14
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Neha Bakshi

Enjoyable on every level, this work is both complex and simple. In this book, the writer has created a magnificent tapestry with rich portrayals of conflict, dilemna, and struggle, with the some of the simplest of folk, as well as the most inscrutable, as the characters.. Each sentence is a song of melody and rhythm, a pleasure to read. If you haven't read this, you haven't experienced a fresh fiction story.

Jul 25 '14
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Sajan Kumar

Great!!
I would always recommend Long Lived Zara to others as it was thoroughly entertaining, thrilling and exhilarating – and left me waiting for more to come (I will wait for the book to come out).
Throughout the three chapters, the writer explores places which act as symbols of fantasy and heaven. When describing these places, he always uses language that accurately creates a mood that transforms the reader’s mind into that place. Furthermore, he adds to these places so many intricate details and symbols which enhance the setting.
Already in love with it.

Jul 25 '14
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Kanha Bhatt

Flipped through few pages. looks heavy.

Jul 25 '14
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Sandeep Mishra

A literary work of pure art. It's staggering to look at simply because of the girth of the book itself, but once you've sank your teeth into it, you're hooked...

Jul 24 '14
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Rajeev Lochan

It's a hard read, to be sure, but if you can handle it, the story is incredible and the detail is awesome. One trick I learned when I was forcing myself to read the chapters (just because I enjoy it doesn't mean it isn't difficult to read), I found that reading it aloud helps, just like when reading Shakespeare. It helps you understand the content of their words and the emotion in them.

Jul 24 '14
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Yogita Kadu

As amazing as I had imagined. have to give credit to the author great story line even though i wanted to see what happens next, but I guess I will have to wait. The writing is extraordinary.

Jul 24 '14
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Kush Khajuria

Wow... a very difficult read for me. I did not manage to read pass the first chapter. The fact that I tend to imagine the description of the story impedes my reading this book. The description is just too thorough and could not get it all in!

Jul 24 '14
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Ranjeet Kapur

I love the stories but I can't get past the writing. When I read I like to have more brevity in the delivery of ideas. And yes, I find these fantasy books too wordy. but still they are worth it. And so is this one. Worth the effort.

Jul 23 '14
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AD Kaur

Thrilling!

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Saurabh Kareer

liked the story, a good plot.

Jul 23 '14
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Omar Mohammed

The length of the book is too much but it is good to read.

Jul 23 '14
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Neha

Great book. really appreciate the work. Even in the first few chapters, you can see the brilliance.

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Aman Kumar

Spell-bounding experience.

Jul 21 '14
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Pratibha Chouhan

very nice imagination!

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Kartik Sen

i'm giving full marks to the author for a number of reasons. First let me tell you, why i've got pretty tired of upcoming Indian writers, they try to write best sellers and end up writing crap. while i was searching fantasy books even on this website (i love fantasies), i was quite disappointed, but this book - long lived zara has a fresh story and i can feel this is building a good concept after the first three chapters also. Even more than that the writing style has been used impressively, and i can assure that this book is going to be a huge hit.

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Chandradeep

All the characters have been described in a nice way.

Jul 09 '14
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Anantha

The words are lovely, and I think it is the writing which makes this story intriguing. Wonderfully put.

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Vikram Sengar

Nice book to read.

Jul 06 '14
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Divyansh Rana

Not an easy book to read, it needs focus and understanding, which I think makes it even more beautiful. Looking forward to read the full book. Its gonna be a big success. Best wishes to the writer.

Jul 05 '14
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Rahul Gupta

Nice read

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Bhavya Garg

A fantasy that pulls you in and compels you to finish the book. I would definitely read till the end to see how the dark powers unfold for Zara... Deepak is a great writer on the path to success.

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Narendra Kambala

A nice book to read!

Jul 04 '14
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Amit Rana

I'd like to congratulate the author for coming out with this amazing enchanting fantasy.The book is simply superb with simple yet very effective writing style,which successfully keeps the eyes focused on the the story.i cannot wait for the full book to come out.thanks sir for a great read.

Jul 03 '14
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Vinod Goyal

pretty good one...

Jul 02 '14
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Kanak Chopra

A commendable writing style

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Anupama Chaudhary

I recommend this book to all the book lovers.. a difficult read though but so much worth it

Jul 02 '14
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Tripti Shri

Long Lived Zara ... An audaciously ambitious novel that takes great creative risks against considerable odds, makes most of them pay dividends.

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Rupali Das

A great writer in the making.

Jul 01 '14
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Ira Aggarwal

Simple yet engaging. The great fantasy novel for dreamers like me. Looking forward to reading the entire piece soon.

Jun 30 '14
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Nikhil Gupta

a journey of words , a narrative which might be embossed on my mind for a long time…
thanks DR.

Jun 30 '14
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Ishana Gupta

A good book. Wish could read more. :(

Jun 30 '14
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Narendra Gupta

It is so nice.

Jun 30 '14
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Ashwani

Nice work sir... Wish you good luck!

Jun 30 '14
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Chandan Biswas

Nice read deepak rana. Another good book from you.

Jun 30 '14
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Abhishek Singh

Great book, well written!!

Jun 30 '14
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Jay

A good read!!

Jun 30 '14
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Tushar Mehta

Journey, witchcraft, darkness and the hidden envelope of light-most fascinating things combined in this captivating tale of Zara, started to read. Hoping acute adventures and intriguing memoirs of the mystic journey ahead :)

Jun 30 '14
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Arun

Synopsis is very attention drawing ...waiting to read book in hard cover. All the Luck Deepak

Jun 30 '14
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Nikhil Gupta

Amazing story till now..waiting to read rest of it..keep it up!

Jun 30 '14
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virat

good work deepak ra.... loved reading it... eagerly waiting for your book..."Zara lives for ever..eternal"

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Sahil Rana

Delightful read sir ji

Jun 30 '14
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Ritesh Singla

A masterpiece.

Jun 30 '14
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Neha Rana

Good job deepak sir!!

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Nitin Shukla

Not everyone can write a good fantasy and you my friend will go a long way. Congratulations :)

Jun 29 '14
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Dr. Rashmi Gupta

Good work! Keep it up Deepak.

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Niyati Shinde

Nicely written. Would love to read more.

Jun 21 '14
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Deepak Rana

Thank you very much Niyati. I would love that :) Please share it with your friends on social media, so that it gets published.

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Deepak Rana

Thank you Lalitha for such a nice review. Please share it with your friends as well.

Jun 24 '14
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Pranav Ghabroo

by just reading through the synopsis given i'm pretty much sure that this book shall keep the reader engrossed till the end of story and for sure going to be a fantastic read for all those who love fiction. Best wishes Deepak... want it to be on shelves soon.

Jun 11 '14
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Deepak Rana

Thank you Pranav for such a nice review. I hope you will share it with your friends as well.

Jun 24 '14
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Siddhartha Singh

One more milestone added in your career. Great Work!!!

Jun 09 '14
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Priya Sood

Awesome Story.. Very Well written. Nice treat for Fiction lovers.

Jun 08 '14
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Vikrant Bhardwaj

Long lived Zara, probably the first of its kind, a must to read for everyone from a teenager to adult one. The uniqueness lies in the premises which Deepak brings forth very neatly. No wonder it would be going to change the fantasy fiction world of India in the writing market of world. One can't wait for the hard cover book after reading the synopsis. Waiting eagerly for the complete story Deepak.

Jun 07 '14
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Rajat Bansal

An awesome Book!!!
Keep writing such fantastic books :)

Jun 06 '14
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Srinath Reddy

AWESOME!!

Jun 06 '14
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Manila Kamboj

Interesting!

Jun 06 '14
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Dipesh Karki

Wow! Rana saab! great work man. Still reading and I am quite engrossed in it. Thx for sharing for free :P

P.S: I would definitely love to contribute to your sales.

Jun 06 '14
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Alka Jain

Superb job Deepak... Excellent!

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Deepak Rana

Thank you Lavanya. Would really appreciate if you can share it with your friends.

Jun 24 '14
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Girdhar Gopal Mishra

another wonderful job by deepak rana....
eagerly waiting for the book...

Jun 06 '14
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Anuj Choudhary

Excellent! :)

Jun 04 '14
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Gurjyot Singh

Really excited to read the book ! Nice to see an upcoming Indian author trying his hands at the fantasy genre.

Jun 04 '14
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Himanshu Singla

Awesome yr :)

Jun 04 '14
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Aurawan Amrita

So promising! And it only gets better from here! :) Awesome!

Jun 03 '14
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Gaurav Sahni

Just a question for the author. When does the full version come out?? The three chapters provided here are insufficient of course. I can't contain my eagerness to read the full story. We're waiting Mr. Rana. Good luck!

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vishv

Just flipped through a few pages and it surely is engaging. Definitely something I'd want to read on a lazy Wednesday with a big cup of coffee (That is because I work on Sundays). Will be back to finish reading it

Jun 03 '14
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Tushar Goyal

i always loved work of Deepak and again he came up with something new.... truly amazing.

Jun 03 '14
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Sanjeev Rana

Generally, I heartily recommend Deepak Rana's 'Long Lived Zara' as the most important book on writing.
His style is clear and conversational. This is one of the better books on writing I've run across yet.

Jun 03 '14
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ALOK JAIN

great fiction

Jun 03 '14
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Deependra Chauhan

Long Lived Zara.....undoubtedly great fiction fantasy has it all: magic,dark powers,suspense,mysterious events...A MUST READ

Jun 03 '14
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Richa Gupta

Long Lived Zara – A very difficult thing to write a review after reading only 3 chapters of a book that has the makings of the most beautiful, descriptive and detailed fantasy work. It is an enthralling story. The author weaves you inside his yarn from the first word and doesn’t let go. So much it has to offer and yet the reader is left wanting for more. The imagination knows no bounds in Long Lived Zara, yet the author has made sure that he explains and provides a background to each phenomenon without making it tiresome. A commendable task to say in the least! So rich in imagery. I would not say the book transports you to another world. But, it does come real in the world around you, where you imagine the next dog you come across to be Doku!

I wish there was no 3 chapter limit on this book. Waiting eagerly to get my hands on the full book soon!

Jun 03 '14
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Kritika Rana

long live zara..a treat for fiction lovers...awesome

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