The proofs of The Lost Heirhave arrived and they look beautiful! We’re getting ready to launch on Amazon and other online bookstores in print and eBook versions. After a wonderfully successful Community Publishing Campaign last fall, we’ve been working hard to line up reviews and author interviews so we can launch Ari Ara’s second story out into the world with all the excitement it deserves.
Can’t wait?! You can get the now-limited Author’s Edition from my website here.
About the book: With all the fun of a sword-swinging adventure, but without the violence, The Lost Heir spins a spectacular story with strong female characters and powerful social justice themes. Young Ari Ara has been discovered to be the Lost Heir, the double royal daughter of two nations. When she learns that her mother’s people have forced her father’s desert people to sell their labor in exchange for water, she sets out on a quest for justice. ‘Armed’ with nonviolence and love, Ari Ara launches a youth movement to restore the honor and dignity of both her peoples. Unexpected allies rush to her side: the urchin queen, a monkish young scholar, a desert seamstress, and a mysterious hawk keeper. Before she knows it, she’s sparked an uprising like nothing Mariana Capital has ever seen!
A shero with spunk and spark, Ari Ara confronts prejudice, discrimination, bullying, violence, and injustice with all the action, adventure, magic, and fantasy that readers love!
Kids, parents, and teachers agree: you’ll love this book!
People are saying:
“Rivera Sun deserves an international audience and I hope she gets it.” – Amber French, Editorial Advisor, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
“In this book Rivera Sun pulls off an impressive feat, creating an original exciting story that deftly teaches ways to create a world that works for all. Thank you, Rivera Sun, for another outstanding contribution to the field of nonviolence through this series!” – Kit Miller, Director of the MK Gandhi Center for Nonviolence
“Rivera Sun is an amazing author. The way she threads the principles of nonviolence into the fabric of her novels is a beautiful experience. It is an education that everyone in the world needs – now more than ever.” – Heart Phoenix, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
“Rivera Sun is a poet and her prose is poetic and full of imagery and figurative language, so that the reader is swept up in the story and his or her imagination is ignited by the author’s beautifully descriptive use of language.” – Casey Dorman, Editor of The Lost Coast Review
“The strong emphasis on seeing the power of nonviolence in practical use sets this young adult novel apart. The story is remarkably animated – it stays with you!” – Chris Nelson, Chico Peace & Justice Radio
“I highly recommend gathering the children around you and reading The Way Between and The Lost Heir so everyone can enjoy and embrace these masterfully-told, exciting adventures.” – Scotty Bruer, PeaceNow
“Five stars. It’s Harry Potter with a contemporary message! I thoroughly enjoyed this opening story and look forward to the next in the series tackling more of humankind’s ancient yet still urgent questions regarding war and peace.” – Gayle Morrow, retired Y/A Librarian
“Ms. Sun has created a world filled with all the adventure and fun of mystics, martial arts and magic contained in “The Hobbit,” “The Ring Trilogy” and the “Harry Potter” series but with deeper messages. There are not enough superlatives to describe this series!” – Brenda Duffy, retired teacher
“So good! This is exactly the kind of book I like to read and I really loved the message. It is already making me see things in a different way.” – Beth Preston, Third Grade Teacher
“This is exactly the kind of story I want to share with my daughter, and the heroine is the kind of person I hope she will become.” – Noel Wetzel, parent
“This book can sit alongside the likes of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit- with a similar feel, but exhibiting an intricate message of nonviolent action. I commend Rivera Sun for giving such a strong and resonant voice to this movement, and for including young readers with her message!” – Liz Moon
“Ari Ara’s saga of love and non-violence continues with downright awesome story-telling!” -Larsen Prip, Veteran for Peace
“These books need to be in classrooms and libraries everywhere. Ari Ara is the hero we all need, especially our young people.” – Bev Campbell
“Rivera Sun’s creativity, wisdom, insight and joyful nonviolent activism for all ages fills me with awe and hope. If we were all to read her books the way we have read Harry Potter’s, we would be well on our way to sending a different message to our children.” – Veronica Pelicaric, Pace e Bene
“Nonviolence is rediscovering our true selves, so in a way, we are all Lost Heirs. Don’t just give this book to someone, read it with them.” Stephanie Van Hook, Executive Director, the Metta Center for Nonviolence.
“Rivera Sun merges escapism and social relevance with her delightful adventure set in a fantasy world, yet with important implications for here and now. A fun read that will leave you thinking.” – Stephen Zunes
“During times when so many of us, especially the young, are still figuring out how to make this planet more just and livable, this book couldn’t have come at a better time.” – Patrick Hiller,
“Rivera Sun has once again made the practice and methods of strategic nonviolence clearly accessible and understandable to both adults and youth in an entertaining and exciting story. The Lost Heir is both sobering and uplifting, and a “must read” for fans of fantasy and science fiction.” – Michael Colvin, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation
“Shining with character depth and surprising plot twists, The Lost Heir is a true and timely treasure for readers of all ages to experience and enjoy!” – Genevieve Emerson
“Throughout the story, we are reminded that human dignity comes, not from violence, but from our shared efforts and understanding. I highly recommend this novel to adults and children alike. You will be inspired by Ari Ara!” – Angela Parker, Mother and Member of Peace and Justice Center of Marin