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Sanya Rawat, a psychology student, finds her mundane life savagely disrupted when two strangers – an unpredictable old English woman and a beastly man from Bolivia – contact her on a social networking site. One among them is a macabre killer from Sanya’s past life, driven by an eternal and insatiable thirst for her blood.

Strange out-of-body experiences and hallucinations s
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Kindle Edition, 2, 148 pages
Published June 30th 2013 by Hemanth Gorur (first published June 1st 2013)
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Ariel Hudnall
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having followed Aymaran Shadow's teasers across Facebook, I was really looking forward to getting a chance to read it. Hemanth Gorur did not disappoint.

I was immediately blown away by the author's sophisticated use of the language to truly build a narrative around the story. And what a story to tell. The story gets much of his historical roots from the Spanish Conquest, and the rape and murder of a Aymaran woman in 1781. The story uses that history to embellish the narrative. Readers should be
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Meenakshi
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An ethereal experience for a reader as you are sucked into the world where the writer takes you. And it’s a world of tragedy, retribution and redemption. After a long time, I have come across a novelist whose sense of unification of time, place and action approaches Aristotelian proportions. The protagonist has to undergo the same destiny across time, and each time it’s a scar not only on the body but on the psyche as well. The protagonist’s catharsis induces both pity and fear – pity for the pr ...more
Cathy
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing paranormal thriller I really enjoyed: a genre which I’ve barely explored, and in this instance I was pleasantly surprised.

We get transported to three corners of the world, starting with eighteenth-century Bolivia. When we move to present-day India, our interest focuses on a young psychology student, Sanya. Like most young people, she spends the requisite amount of time on social networking. But two very unusual friend requests, some very disturbing dreams and scenes of a deja-vu na
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Dennis Butler
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aymaran Shadow is a unique story told by a unique author. Author Hemanth Gorur is one of those rare authors who seems to just emanate chilling suspense. He manages to create and maintain a feeling of fear and suspense from the very first sentence to the book’s exciting conclusion. The storyline combined with Gorur’s writing style frequently sent chills up my spine while reading.

Gorur writes in a colorful style without ever getting lost in the visualization. To me that is one of the writing quali
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Sarah Miles
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me start off by noting that I received a free ebook copy for this book to review, and I was not paid nor required to write a positive review.

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 stori
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Curran
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I usually prefer SciFi or horror novels. However, a friend recommended the paranormal thriller Aymaran Shadow by Hemanth Gorur to me. I am very happy that I picked it up as I found it to be a gripping and complex read. This novel was an intense read that spans across multiple times and places and delves into the theme of retribution. Beginning in the past, the book quickly switches the present day, focusing on a young psychology student named Sanya. Without spoiling anything, the novel wrestles ...more
Pratik Dasgupta
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aymaran Shadows by Hemanth Gorur is an absolutely brilliant read.

Ever since I came across a snippet of it on the Facebook page of the book's launch, I knew this is one book I definitely wanted to read. The build up with excerpts and snippets were just too good. Infact so good that all through there was a concern will the book live up it; in reality the complete piece not only lives up but actually surpasses the build up.

The author manages to capture reader's attention in every single para, chapt
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Tony Parsons
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
1782, in the Andes, towns had been destroyed & PPL had been annihilated. An Aymaran ambush was about to unveil upon the town of Cochabamba, Bolivia. The town was under the spell of the Goddess Chasca (protector of virgin girls). The town of Quillacollo was close by. The Anacondan serpent had to be destroyed.

Other characters: Hairy Arms, Wiry Weasel, Balding Scalp, & of course the Bolivian Tupac Katari, Bartolina’s lover.

Present day Bangalore, India, Sanya Rawat meets a former college acquainta
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Priya
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
The plot seemed quite promising and had a lot of scope for developing into a brilliant storyline. However, most of the story ended up focusing on sketching out needless details about the settings, locations, and irrelevant activities which not only had no relevance to the plot but also can get the reader distracted from the main premise and the suspense that does build up occasionally.

The story as such is about a young psychology student who experiences hallucinations from the past and is being
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Michelle Hofacker
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery, thriller, paranormal fans
Recommended to Michelle by: Hemanth Gorur
Aymaran Shadow is hands down the best past-life thriller I have ever read.
It is an intensely suspenseful book being the first in a long time that has had me not knowing who the real 'bad' guy was. Despite minor translational language/text issues (which did not interfere with the story flow and were easily forgivable) the plot was easy to follow and to get deeply invested in. When I was not reading, I found myself constantly wondering what would be revealed next and anxious to get back to the b
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Kelly O'Callan
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amyaran Shadow delivers the hot concept of past lives with the additional element of social networking into the fold. In the story, we follow Sanya, a young woman who falls prey to the old adage "Keep your enemies closer" when she befriends two random strangers she instinctively feels may be trouble, on the social network, Facebook. Being a student of psychology, Sanya finds herself intrigued - and easily manipulated - by the strangers, especially when they tell her of occurrences in her life th ...more
Tara
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Aymaran Shadow from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

I haven't read many paranormal thrillers. This story started out strong and it held my attention until the very end. The suspense was phenomenal. Sanya Rawat was a very believable character, living an ordinary life, while experiencing extraordinary events. This was definitely a page turner.

Pros: The characters are written really well. I can clearly envision them while reading the story. The scenery is very vivi
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Seeta
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A debutante fiction novel by Hemanth Gorur, The Aymaran Shadow has all elements that are required to keep you at the edge of your seat while reading it.
This is the story of Sanya Rawat, an Indian girl and the life threatening revelations she experiences in a matter of days. How Sanya sees shadows of a previous birth come to life with two strangers traveling across the globe, entering her world and shattering it to pieces forms the premise for this book. A promising plot with a fine blend of susp
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Julia
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting book! It's a thriller, a story about hidden identities, a look into the past and the present, and much more. I really enjoyed the vivid scenery and the way the author transported the readers through time and space. The story spans such diverse locations as present-day England, present-day India, and Bolivia of the 18th century. The book is tense throughout, both in the parts that show Sanya's face-to-face interactions and her online conversations with Ramona and Ambrois -- th ...more
Janaki Murali
I finally finished Hemanth's book Aymaran Shadow. Hemanth had sent me a free copy ages ago, but it took me a while to get to it. I was quite intrigued by the title, and wanted to see how the story panned out. Hemanth takes the story to three geographies and that was interesting. I was a tad puzzled with a couple of main characters not being named till the end, I would have liked to see them with names. I liked the twist at the end. I would have liked to see Sanya and her mother's relationship fl ...more
Carissa
Dec 14, 2015 marked it as abandoned
nope nope nope nope nope
Trigger warning: rape





There is a very graphic rape scene right at the beginning of the book. Nope, can't do it. No matter how much I'm missing from not reading this book, there are some things I just can't read about; rape is one of them. No thank you. Don't remember how I got this book, don't care, never picking it up again.
Kristen Coronado
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great past-life thriller. I was immersed from the beginning and I honestly was kept guessing. This is a great thing as I easily tire of already knowing the plot twists due to predictability. Highly recommended.
Forest Writer
What an amazing mystery story. It was very well written. Keeping you on the edge of your seat and a real page turner. The author tells his story in a way you don't see the words, but the actual scenes like in a movie. I will definitely want to read more books from this author.
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Virginia Winfield
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good story but I thought it would be a little more suspenseful. It did keep my interest and I enjoyed the ending. I got this book through LibraryThing.
Wendy Jones
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a cracking supernatural novel. Full review on my blog http://wendyhjones-bookaholic.blogspo... ...more
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