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Fourteen-year-old Khioneus Nevula is beginning to realize something strange is going on. Adopted from unknown parentage, he has always been marked as different by his purple eyes.

Now a winter break that should have been nothing but goofing around with his best friends is haunted by some other presence—ghostly apparitions appear to him in the dark of night, the surface of his mirror ripples like a pool of water, and he dreams of a girl with a long blue braid who invents fantastical devices.

Drawn into a mystical land, he meets his twin sister, a proficient mage, a slightly mad scientist, and a princess. In this land where he is a prince, he finds himself and his friends caught in a war between the inhabitants of Elkloria and an ancient and powerful evil.
THE DOOR TO INFERNA, Rishab Borah’s first novel, creates a fantasy world as fully realized as those of Rick Riordan or Tamora Pierce. Elkloria draws on Borah’s interest in mythology, science, and linguistics as well as the imaginative lands he and his friends once inhabited in play—open to all to explore.

THE DOOR TO INFERNA: A Novel, by Rishab Borah; Trade Paper Original; 188 pages; ISBN: 978-1-941110-96-6; $15; October 20, 2020

Recommended for readers age 12-18.


Photo by Chris Shum

About the Author

Rishab Borah was fascinated with magic and mystical things since he was in elementary school. He is an avid reader of fiction, mythology and science. He started creating the world “Elkloria” when he was 11 years old, and completed the first novel of the Elklorian series, THE DOOR TO INFERNA at age thirteen. Besides writing fantasy-fiction, Rishab is also an accomplished artist and loves to sketch wildlife, imaginary mythological figures and dragons. He also loves programming and science. He taught himself Python and Java programming in order to create his own video games and modify existing games. He currently lives with his parents in the San Jose area.

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