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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.