Book 4 in the Hyperwerks Rostam series is a prequel to the three earlier books and goes back to the time of Rostam's Grandfather - Saum. The book covers the births Rostam and his father Zal and concentrates on Rostam's early childhood. Readers who are familiar with the Shahnameh will find that this story has its' share of betrayals, battles and victories. However, it is the small philosophical gems peppered throughout the books that keep fans like me coming back for more. One example is when Saum is chatting with his grandson Rostam and says: "...There are three simple rules to live by: good thoughts, good words and good deeds." These timeless Zoarastrian inspired words are of course familiar to all Iranians/Persians and it is refreshing to hear them again. Rostam comes into his own in this book as he helps Kai-Kobad retake the throne of Iran from Afrasiab and then along with Zal, contemplates about the future of his beloved country. Great illustrations and an enjoyable read for people of all ages I highly recommend this book. Two thumbs up, Five stars, Thank you again guys!
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