- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Red Slippers Press; 1 edition (Aug. 13 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692474722
- ISBN-13: 978-0692474723
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
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Moonbow: The Colors of Iris Paperback – Aug 13 2015
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About the Author
Diana Anderson-Tyler earned her degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas and her personal training certification from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas. She is also a Level 1 certified CrossFit coach. She’s the author of five faith and fitness books for women, including Fit for Faith: A Christian Woman’s Guide to Total Fitness and a memoir, Immeasurable: Diving into the Depths of God’s Love. She has been interviewed on The 700 Club, The Harvest Show, and has also been a guest on a number of radio broadcasts and podcasts. She currently writes entertainment and media-related articles for movieguide.org and contributes regularly to the health section of charismamag.com. Diana lives in San Antonio with her husband Ben where they own and coach at CrossFit 925, watch Pixar and Marvel movies, and play Scrabble regularly. You can learn more at her website, dianaandersontyler.com.
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Age of the Ashers started with a brief chapter regarding a character named Iris who had a Duma (super-power) that enables her to shoot fireballs from her hands. And though I had found it strange that Iris didn't make an appearance throughout the rest of that book, other than being referenced a few times, now I know why. This book is her story. Technically, it's not required that you read this one first, as Anderson-Tyler did a fabulous job of moving from this novel to the Petros Chronicles series.
However, if you haven't read Age of the Ashers yet, then I would highly recommend you start here. Why? Because this book is near perfect, and it will help to understand the underlying political and social paradigms that the world of Petros is embroiled in for Age of the Ashers. Many of the concepts of that book which were not entirely clear at first would have been much clearer had I started with this book.
The story in Moonbow starts with a brief Prologue that describes the backstory of the world Iris was born into. As the first chapter opens, we learn that Iris has just lost her brother, who had just been executed, though the reason for his execution isn't clear at first. Iris responds by losing her composure and leaping into the ice-cold water in which her brother's funeral boat is to be set aflame and passes out. She is awakened the next morning by Niobe, who, like Iris, is a slave of Acheron. It was by Acheron's command that her brother had been executed, and it is the desire of Iris to avenge her brother's death that places her feet on the journey she engages through the rest of the book.
Also, like Age of the Ashers, this book is filled with references to the early Greek Gods, though these Gods and mythical creatures, other than a few, are more supporting characters than they are in Age of the Ashers. Still, Anderson-Tyler seems to have done her homework when it comes to depicting the Gods and what their personalities would most likely have been like had they actually been real beings. Anderson-Tyler also does a fabulous job with the word-crafting throughout, using extremely uncommon synonyms for a good number of commonly used words, a few of which, I'll admit, I had to look up. And though I am usually not a fan of flowery language or authors who over-use the thesaurus as a writing tool, for this book, it really worked. I could imagine the characters speaking just as Anderson-Tyler wrote, and the flowery tone of the text truly matched what I would consider the environment of this fictional world to have been.
Bottom line, another 4+ star review for a wonderfully written and incredibly entertaining novel.
A poetic novel that examines the true nature of power and the potential for change, Moonbow is a must read!