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The Chimes of Yawrana (The Snowtear Wars, Book 1) (The Snowtear Wars) [Paperback]

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A significant prophecy is about to unfold in the fertile kingdom of Yawrana with the arrival of a small group of voyagers aboard the gallant flying ship The Star Gazer. The Elders, visionaries, of Yawrana, warn of downfall and destruction as the two civilizations meet.

Oreus Blake, one of eight members aboard the ship, discovers he is the key to the prophecy's outcome. Within days of their arrival, a deadly illness befalls several members of the Yawranan Royal Court, and all parties present fall under suspicion, including the voyagers themselves.

The only known cure lies within the limitless healing powers of an ancient flower referred to as the snowtear. Having no other choice, Oreus must gain the trust of the Yawranans as they embark on a quest to retrieve the protected snowtears through many inherent dangers, including a mythic race of warriors known as the Lazuls.

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Pages   399
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2007
Publisher   Behler Publications
ISBN  1933016426  
ISBN13  9781933016429  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Scot R. Stone's mass communications degree lends itself beautifully to spreading the word about his intricately written fantasy epics. His sophisticated writing style reaches mass audiences on many levels?fantasy, mystery, romance, action and adventure. Mr. Stone makes his home in Colorado with his wife and daughter.

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Fascinating read, sure to please the target audience  Jul 12, 2008
A sequence of maps over and above a prologue offer the reader a bit of setting and understanding for what is to come. The Chimes of Yawrana: The Snowtear Wars is writer Stone's book 1 in his fantasy series, and what a series it will prove to be.

Without overburdening the reader, The Snowtear Wars as the first in the series sets the scene for the works to follow: The book contains an introduction of characters, other inhabitants and world structuring in addition to the basic quest storyline.

Oreus Blake was now in his 19th autumn, and, as time would prove it was going to be one that would always stand out in is memory. Visitors to the Western Slope, a towering pillar, a battle to determine a sentence, protection by Rydor - champion of Baron Tauron Milet; The Snowtear Wars begins with a rapid succession of events, and the pace never stops right down to the last chapter -A Prophecy Fulfilled- where we find Oreus honored with a title: Baron.

Oreus, denizen from a distant land, is one of a small group of travelers entering the mystic realm of Yawrana as the book opens. Oreus and his seven companions are voyagers aboard the flying ship The Star Gazer. Soon after their appearance in Yawrana, a lethal sickness ensues among a number of the Yawranan Royal Court. Suspicion is rampant, and no one is spared its gaze.

The reader follows Oreus and his travels as a foretelling involving one of the travelers is slowly revealed.

If the Yawrana people are to save their dying queen and insure their own continuation; the empire will face the Lazul, a ferocious race of people who were alleged to be only a legend. The only known cure for her infirmity will be found contained in the inexhaustible medicinal powers of an ancient flower known as the Snowtear.

Oreus must attain the confidence of the Yawranan people as they begin the quest to take back the cosseted snowtears. There will be peril and hazard facing them before the quest is finished. Before the conclusion the sovereign of Yawrana will be murdered. Doubts form and all parties present will fall under suspicion, including the voyagers themselves.

A noteworthy divination is to be revealed in Yawrana: The Elders, seers of the land, warn of ruin and devastation as the two civilizations meet. Oreus is a bit surprised to learn HE is the key to the prophecy's conclusion.

Writer Stone has crafted a persuasive, captivating study sure to please readers of fantasy. Backdrops filled with element and detail draw the reader into the setting. Sequera trees, underground beings, the Shonitaurs, with eyes that change color depending on their moods, massive fire-breathing draguls, are only a portion of the imaginative flora and fauna found in the work.

The story plot itself is absorbing. It is an entwining of numerous plotlines woven together to create an appealing chronicle. In one instance is an assembly of stalwarts will who set out to locate the mythic Snowtear. Another line hinges upon the imminent combat between humans and the Lazul.

Sub-plots are inserted to add to reader interest. There is a conspiring to overthrow the royal family, the course of action for carrying out the stratagem, as well as determining why it is happening and who is responsible; figure heavily in the maneuver. The Voyagers arriving to Yawrana from across the sea must learn what the driving force behind their trip really is.

Writer Stone has created a spell binding tale filled with stratagem, mission, death, battle scenes, treachery, mistrust betrayal, voracity and courage as well as a nineteen year old man who arrives to fulfill a 4,000-year-old prophecy. Writing is well crafted, characters are believable to the genre, settings draw the reader into the action and the quest is compelling. Fascinating read, sure to please the target audience, happy to recommend.

Molly Martin
A very engaging debut novel  Jul 20, 2007
The Chimes of Yawrana by Scot R. Stone is the first book in the Snowtear Wars. The second book is titled The Ice Shadows of Arna (The Snowtear Wars, Book 2)and is available now; the third book titled `The Hallows of Candlewick' will be released in early August, 2007. Mr. Stone is a relatively new name in the fantasy genre and a name that most fantasy fans may never have heard of before. Do not allow the unknown cloud your judgment; with this book Mr. Stone adds a solid addition to the fantasy genre.

Being that this novel is the first of the series, readers can expect there to be a reasonable amount of world building. There also is an introduction of characters and races. However, at no time while I was reading this book did I feel overburdened by the amount of information being presented. The prose found in this novel reads like a conversation, in that it flows smoothly and is easy to understand. Mr. Stone does not throw excessive words around in a grandiose manner. It seems that every word is chosen for a reason and there is very little, if any, fluff in this novel.

The plot of this novel is actually several plots woven together to create an engaging story. The first plot is that of a group of heroes who find themselves trekking across the land to find the fabled Snowtear that has mythical healing properties. There is also a companion plot of a pending war between the humans and a race known as Lazul. These two plot lines take up much of this novel, however, Mr. Stone still finds a way to weave in a couple sub-plots as well just to keep things interesting. One of the sub-plots is that of the Voyagers who appear in the land of Yawrana from across the sea and discovering just what motives they have for their trip. Another sub-plot is that of a plot to unseat the royal family and the methods used to both carry out the plot, as well as to discover who did it (and why). It is obvious from the start that Mr. Stone has poured a tremendous amount of energy into the plot, it's tight; well though out, and succinct. Every event that occurs has ramifications in several areas of the novel. This is certainly an engaging plot that I think man fantasy fans will enjoy.

The characters of this book are as equally engaging. There is a wide array of characters within this novel. Mr. Stone does a good job of defining each character as their own entity by actions and dialog. There are characters that are obviously good guys, there are characters that are obviously bad guys, more importantly, there are characters that are grey the reader is unsure which category they fall into until key events occur. Characters such as Oreus, Noran, and Rygor will surely endure themselves to most readers. I won't get into other characters, because further discussion may lead to small spoilers and I would hate to spoil any part of this novel for anyone. I will leave it at this; almost every character in this book elicited some type of reaction from me, both positive and negative. That to me is a mark of good solid characters, and a definite positive of Mr. Stone's work.

I do have two minor criticisms about this book. One being, at times, the character Oreus seems to act in a too `adult' fashion. He is a 19 year old kid and some of his dialog and decisions didn't seem to fit him at times. I realize there are 19 year olds in the world who are very grown up make adult decisions, but it just seemed `off' to me at time. The second thing is that times the perspective of the book shifts between paragraphs without warning. Most books, including this one, have symbols or some way to let the reader know there is going to be a shift. For instance, there are instances in this book where three ~ ~ ~ separate two paragraphs to denote this. There are times, however, those are not present, and it catches the reader off guard. I realize this is something minor, but I think it still needs to be brought up as the first few times it was rather jarring to me.

Overall, this is a very good book. It's a solid debut into the fantasy genre by Mr. Stone, I am looking forward to continuing on with this series. I think most fantasy fans will enjoy this book, it has much to offer. If you are looking for a book with political intrigue, this will sate your thirst. If you are looking for a book with large scale battles, this book has what you are looking for. If you are looking for solid world building, with new creatures, races etc., give this book a chance. I quite enjoyed reading this novel, and I can already imagine myself recommending this novel to other fantasy fans. This is one of those books I would encourage others to take a chance on, I don't think you will be disappointed, I know I wasn't.
Impressive!  Jul 19, 2004
This story was a blast to read. Rarely does an author make me feel like I'm a part of the adventures of their story, rather than a passive observer. Mr. Stone's descriptive style brought the scenes of this story to vivid life. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the Snowtears saga!
Hey Scot, It's me again.  Jun 3, 2004
Hmmmmm. Hey Scot, We seem to have had a malfunction. I wrote a review on your book, which I loved, but when I submitted it, it came up as three starts rather then five stars where I rated it. I really enjoyed your book and gave it a five star rating. SO!! Anyone reading this review, You will love this book, and I fully recommend you get yourself a copy.
Verry nice job Scot  May 26, 2004
All I can say is WOW! This is an excellent book! An author of fantasy myself, I know a best seller when I read it, and this is one is well on it's way to that goal.
Very well written, with many twists and turns that left me wondering what was going to happen next, but not able to guess at what it would be.
The characters, creatures, and details of the story are vividly brought to life, playing as I read the pages, like a movie in my mind. I found myself reading well into the morning several times, not wanting to put it down. Then forced but the late hour to do so, but lay with the story still running through my mind.

This is one of the best fantasy books I have read in a while. Again Nice job, I can't wait for the sequel to come out.
James Berry

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