Review of The Way Between by Liz Moon

The Way Between is a thoughtful story which infuses rich fantasy and nonviolent action principals, together. This combination not only draws you into the storyline to learn more about the characters and how they intertwine with both their shared and individual history, but also allows you to reflect on the act of nonviolent advocacy in an illuminating way. The imagery throughout the book is vivid and telling, which lends an exceptional integrity to the painting of the landscape, as it were, in words.

Many children and young adults will find themselves relating to Ari Ara, and most certainly will enjoy being pulled into her story as it does deeper. I am thankful that 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, and how it can overcome hostility.

I commend Rivera Sun for giving such a strong and resonant voice to this movement, and for including young readers with her message! The character development and interpersonal relationships which were outlined in the story definitely made you think about how the series will continue to develop. You get a sense of anticipation in watching these developments ripple out in positive ways within the bigger storylines as the lessons for our lives unfold.

The message of the Middle Way is an important one, one which should be taught to our young generation as a viable alternative to aggression and violence. This book is written in such a way as to bring up thought- provoking discussions around the material it presents, and would be perfect for a class or discussion group. In this way, the readers can delve deeper into what it means to live a life committed to nonviolence in a very practical sense.

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The Lost Heir
The Lost Heir
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. (Paperback Edition)
The Way Between
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! (Paperback Edition)
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>>