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  • By Eleanor Mulder
    Aug 30, 2016
    Raywyn & the Golden Bow, by emerging WA author, Angelos Ashes, is a wonderful read for those young teens seeking escapism from the challenges of everyday reality, while at the same time, looking for a more holistic approach to dealing with real issues. Raywyn, 12-year-old orphan and rebellious London schoolgirl, is the unlikely hero of this story, chosen to save the human race from the clutches of evil. Adopted in Australia, Raywyn is introduced to a more harmonious way of living than her usual impetuous lifestyle. She is given a mission, and she sets off on a journey of enlightenment and magic. She meets many colourful characters along the way. She also faces many obstacles, internal and external, and sometimes we wonder if she can defeat the enemy. The characters are memorable. From The Serpent Queen to King Metarch, The White Tiger to Nan the Kangaroo, each one pushes the boundaries of our imagination, yet also seem like familiar companions. The imagery in the book is beautiful... More > and extraordinary, and we are taken through many different worlds and times — real and imagined, near and far. The book contains powerful messages, such as the need to try and be in control over our thoughts and actions, the power of meditation, self-belief, living in the present moment, and the futility of worry, struggle or fear. The book deals with concepts that could be considered quite adult, but it does not patronize the young reader. Instead, it raises issues that might be thought further upon outside of the reading experience. If you’re after gritty realism, teens facing real life issues in real life settings, or contemporary drama, then this is not the book for you. But although this book is quite firmly rooted in the fantasy genre, it does not shy away from social issues, and I believe, is still very relevant to today’s young adult. In fact, I would argue, it offers a perspective more relevant to dealing with teen issues than most of today’s trend for realist fiction. After all, who hasn’t heard about the benefits of meditation, positive thinking, and being in the ‘now’? Overall, this book offers a new age and fantastical adventure within a classical structure of good overcoming evil. The reader is left with a sense of wonder, feelings of positivity and motivation, and a long-lasting imprint of a magical world where anything is possible. I would recommend this book to young teens not afraid of a challenge or those searching for something a little different.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Angelos Ashes
June 23, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.58 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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