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Ambika Nagino

泙野 安美加 | अंबिका नागीनो

Pen name A. A. Vora

(she / her)

Writer | reader | high fantasy fangirl

About me


I'm an Indian-Japanese* author living in Tokyo with my husband Shotaro, our newborn, and our fiery-spirited dog Fëanor. 

After two decades of immersing myself in various fictional worlds (some favorites being displayed on my bookshelf) I decided it was time I attempted creating one of my own.

Outside writing, I work for a pharmaceutical company, with a focus on digitalization of Japanese healthcare.

*By this I mean indokei nihonjin (インド系日本人) which is a phrase used to describe Japanese nationals of Indian ethnicity; I was actually born in Mumbai and lived there a third of my life; as well as spending several years in US and UK.

About me

About my book


My debut SPIN OF FATE - pitched to my agent as Naruto x The Golden Compass - is a 3 POV YA high fantasy,  and the first installment of THE FIFTH REALM trilogy. It features epic battles, original mythical beasts, a hard magic system that draws loosely from Indian philosophy... and lots of moral ambiguity.


It releases with Putnam Children's (an imprint of Penguin Random House) in on May 7th 2024. More details on my blog and PenguinTeen's.

You can pre-order SPIN OF FATE here.

And add it on Goodreads here.

Cover art by Sidharth Chaturvedi.

Design by Jessica Jenkins and Tony Sahara.

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Stay in touch

To stay up to date with my publishing journey, follow my instagram @a2vora.

For business inquiries, please contact my agent Jonathan Cobb at HG Literary.

For publicity, please contact my publicist Olivia Russo at Penguin Random House.

For anything else, feel free to reach out using the form below.

Thanks for submitting, I'll be in touch as soon as I can.

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