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The Lost Heir

Get ready for an adventure! The world’s pluckiest, nonviolence-wielding shero is diving into a story you’re going to love!

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!

The Lost Heir - First Edition
The Lost Heir - First Edition
First Edition with Author Q & A. 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.
Stories of the Third Brother
Stories of the Third Brother
Thirty weeks, thirty original short stories by Rivera Sun AND a free print or ebook version when we publish the whole collection of 30+ tales. The Stories of the Third Brother are fictional folktales about Alaren and the Way Between. Inspired by true stories of active nonviolence and waging peace, each tale is enjoyable for people of all ages. Delivered once a week in a serialized e-format, these stand-alone stories are also great companions to Ari Ara's stories. Each folktale comes with a "real-life inspiration" referencing a piece of nonviolent history that lifts fiction off the page and into our lives! LEARN MORE>>
The Way Between - Second Edition
Note: This is the new cover version of the beloved book! Between flight and fight lies a mysterious third path called the Way Between, and young shepherdess and orphan Ari Ara must master it . . . before war destroys everything she loves! She begins training as the apprentice of the great warrior Shulen, and enters a world of warriors and secrets, swords and magic, friendship and mystery. She uncovers forbidden prophecies, searches for the lost heir to two thrones, and chases the elusive forest-dwelling Fanten to unravel their hidden knowledge. A wonderful story for our times! Kids, parents, grandparents, teachers, peacebuilders and activists all love The Way Between!

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

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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:

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