Full Name - Ariadne Jane Moss
Gift - Wind
Birthday - October 31st, 1999
Parents - Montgomery and Jane Moss
Tears glistened like fresh rain upon Ariadne’s face. Her eyes were a cloudy shade of gray, and her nose was dotted with faded freckles. A small bundle of fur rested gently in the crook of her elbow.
- Erin Forbes, Fire & Ice: The Elementals
First impressions are not always an accurate representation, and Gifted readers have learned this from the headstrong and stubborn character of Ariadne Moss. Upon her first appearance in the Fire & Ice book series, the wind-gifted girl suffers depression under the disappearance of her classmate. This scene of introduction sets the tale into motion. Amidst the flowering roses of the courtyard, Ariadne forages a valuable friendship with the Hanley sisters.
There are few characters with such determination, which she displays throughout the pages of the series. Her inner strength never fails to inspire young readers; for this reason, she is often chosen as a favorite in the cast of characters.
Although she does not claim the main role, Ariadne Moss has an enchanting tale of her own. So, what makes readers fall in love with her? In this blog post, we shall muse over the life of one brave little girl, who grew into an extraordinary young woman.
A young girl trailed behind her, skipping through the autumn leaves as her short brown hair blew wildly in the breeze. With every step the young girl took, a trail of miniature wind spirals twirled in her wake. Each footstep swept away the fallen leaves in a curious golden vortex. Her lightly freckled face was home to a pixie-like nose and familiar pair of gray eyes.
- Erin Forbes, Fire & Ice: The Elementals
Ariadne Moss is the only daughter born into a well-known clan of shopkeepers in the village of Willowcrest. She was raised behind the counter of her father's famous store, where she learned the names of countless herbs and common crystals. Her love for literature developed at a young age, when she first climbed the spiral staircase into the libraries of the Moss Shop. At the age of eight, three years after discovering her unusual connection to the autumn wind, she was enrolled in the Academy for Gifted Youth. Behind the castle walls, she befriended Juniper Stone, a curious girl who taught her about the value of wonder and imagination. It was not long before a certain pair of twins entered her life, and everything changed.
She always speaks her mind.
Her name is Lydia Ludwig,” said Killian. “She lives in a small cottage in the village of Willowcrest. I have been told the old woman was a childhood friend of Orinthia Hanley.”
As expected, this year has brought so many changes. My writing career is beginning to remind me of the rain that falls through the warm summer skies. Although some people regard the weather with a sigh, retiring from the necessary work in the garden, others will glance up and smile, allowing the raindrops to stream down their cheeks. The earth is nourishing the flowers that have been planted. Despite my tendency to cling to the familiar elements in life, my work continues to bloom in sunlight and rain. As new trials stand before me, I climb the walls with determination, knowing that I have the power to set my own limits.
As a young woman and authoress, I have learned to find inspiration in many places. Although fictional literature gives life to the enchanted and surreal, it contains powerful messages and traces of ordinary life. My writing style captures the details and beauty of humans and the natural world, as much of my childhood was spent in the outdoors. As I recently wrote in the upcoming third installment of my book series, “the pen provides a pathway for the musings of the heart.”
When considering my future, both in academics and authorship, images of new pathways and adventures enter my mind. More than once in my lifetime, I have found myself standing before two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I have continued to walk the road less traveled. In the words of Robert Frost, “that has made all the difference.”
The girl behind the Gifted,
Erin E. Forbes
Erin Forbes is the young author of the Fire & Ice book series. When she was sixteen years old, she published the first installment in the
Fire & Ice Book Series.
In her spare time, she enjoys art, nature, dance, horses, cats, and peppermint tea.