Author Showcase: Arash the Archer
By Shahriar Bourbour, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 24, 2011
Arash is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in the city of Ray in ancient Persia. His dream is to shoot an arrow all the way to the Oxus River and mark the border between the rival empires of Persia and Tooran.
He believes that Simorgh the Queen of Birds has given him a message in the form of a riddle that will help him achieve his dream.
He is unaware that a Deev, a shape-shifting servant of Ahriman the Devil, is plotting against him.
This book is inspired by the ancient story of Arash the Swift Arrow who with a single shot sent an arrow all the way to the Oxus River and marked the border between Persia and her rival empire of Tooran.
The story introduces several characters of pre-Islamic Persian mythology including King Hooshang, Simorgh, Zahak, Ahriman and his Deevs, as well as the Zoroastrian philosophy of the constant battle between Good and Evil, to an audience of 8 to 12 year olds.
Children might be more attracted to the mystery and intrigue in which the heroes are children their own age.
The book is available on amazon.com.
For more information, visit: http://www.arashthearcher.net
About the author: Shahriar Bourbour was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to the United States in 1990. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he works as a software engineer. This is his first published book.
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