The Lost Heir is for mighty girls and courageous boys,
adventure-seekers, peacebuilders, parents, teachers, and everyone else!
With all the fun of a sword-swinging adventure, but without the violence, The Lost Heir spins a spectacular story with strong female charactersand 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!
Praise for The Lost Heir
“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 and poetic use of language. She is able to paint pictures with her words.” – Casey Dorman, Author and Editor. Read more on The Lost Coast Review.
“The Lost Heir lives in that part of me that is pre-industrial and trying to understand human interactions. The story is based in that ancient dynamic of neighboring tribal animosity and loyalty focused through the discovery (The Way Between, Book One,) of an amazing young lost heir who has the potential of sparking either kingdom to kingdom unity or war. It is the strong emphasis on seeing the power of nonviolence (called “The Way Between”) in practical use that sets this young adult novel apart. We accompany the young heir in tense moments where nonviolence provides strategic opportunities for justice and peaceful resolution. We also get to inhabit a richly complex construct of nobles, warriors, urchins and desert water workers alongside her… her story is remarkably animated in how it stays with you. I can’t wait to read the next part of Ari Ara’s life!” – Chris Nelson, Peace Activist and cohost of Chico Peace & Justice Radio Show
“Well you did it. The end of The Lost Heir brought tears to this old guys eyes. I think because you so beautifully wove direct action nonviolence, aikido, and the spirituality of nonviolence together in Azar it touched me deeply.” – Glenn Cratty, Peace Activist
“I’m finally able to sit down and read The Lost Heir (hooray!) and just got to the part when the orphans and urchins are celebrating Aria’s birthday and dancing in the streets. When Emir made his observations and spoke of hope I got tears in my eyes. Hope. One of my favorite words. Can’t wait to keep reading!!” – Robin Wildman, Nonviolent Schools Project
“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, Mother
“The Lost Heir arrived the other day and Ari Ara’s saga of love and non-violence continues. Downright awesome story telling.” – Lars Prip, Veteran for Peace
Read an excerpt:
If you’re intrigued by The Lost Heir, check out The Way Between!
Before Ari Ara is discovered to be the missing heir to two thrones, she’s a half-wild orphan running the slopes of the High Mountains. When the Great Warrior Shulen comes to train young warriors, no one is more surprised that she is that he selects her to be his apprentice in the mysterious, nonviolent Way Between.
Read an excerpt from The Way Between: