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The Chimes of Yawrana
     

The Chimes of Yawrana

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by Scot R. Stone
 

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In distant lands, beyond the great and misty Sarapin Sea, lies the fertile kingdom of Yawrana. A significant prophecy is about to unfold with the arrival of a small group of Zonack voyagers aboard the gallant flying ship The Star Gazer. The Elders, visionaries, and prophets of Yawrana, warn of downfall and destruction as the two civilizations meet.

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In distant lands, beyond the great and misty Sarapin Sea, lies the fertile kingdom of Yawrana. A significant prophecy is about to unfold with the arrival of a small group of Zonack voyagers aboard the gallant flying ship The Star Gazer. The Elders, visionaries, and prophets 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. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - Molly Martin
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. Writing is well crafted, characters are believable to the genre, settings draw the reader into the action.
Summit Daily News, Colorado - Austin Diaz
Author Scot Stone obviously spent a lot of time developing his own world, complete with maps and different languages - something that will please fans of "Lord of the Rings." Unlike many other books in the genre, "Chimes" does not allow itself to be bogged down by its other-worldliness or become dull with dry, monotone dialogue.
Every character is given a distinct personality and cadence in his or her speech. Stone has created a very mythic and surreal place.
Roundtable Reviews - Beverly Forehand
THE CHIMES OF YAWRANA is a wonderful book full of plot twists, intriguing mysteries, compelling characters, heart-stopping near-misses, and even romance. The characters are likeable and very human. I found Oreus, who can be petulant at times, particularly believable. He gets angry and annoyed, but in the end, he proves himself a hero.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014995313
Publisher:
Scot R. Stone
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Series:
The Snowtear Wars , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
964 KB

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The Chimes of Yawrana (The Snowtear Wars Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 actually 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was well worth the price! Very well written and the plot kept you entranced for hours. I'll be looking forward to more of Scot Stones future writings!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. The Chimes of Yawrana is 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 go to bed, but lay with the story still running through my mind. This is one of the best fantasy books I have read in a long while. Again Nice job, I can¿t wait for the sequel to come out. James Berry
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Chimes of Yawrana is a touching novel that taps into the vein of fantasy unlike any I have ever seen. The characters are well developed and the story never lags throughout the 453 pages. Oreus Blake, a traveler in a new world, finds himself the center of a prophesy that has been foretold for thousands of years. After a rocky start with the local people, he and his fellow shipmates find themselves in the capital of Yawrana and soon in the middle of a murder conspiracy. Wanting to prove his innocence, he embarks on a journey with the prince and future king of Yarwana to gather the mysterious snowtears that will save the ones that had been poisoned. On their journey they met all kinds of strange animals, a race of people known as the watchers that can become invisible at will, and the warrior race known as the Lazul, who up until that time was considered a myth. When the Lazul and Yawranans met another murder is committed and war breaks out between the two. Through deserts, grasslands, mountains and an underground city, we follow Oreus and Prince Noran and their army as they try and stop the Lazul army from entering Yawrana. With deception trailing them all the way the group must not only learn who is behind the conspiracy but stop it before their way of life is destroyed. Scot Stone's description of the war, creatures, scenery, and the emotion felt between the characters is top notch. The story ends leaving you wanting more, and to me that is the sign of a great writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happens when a small group of voyagers from a distant land enter the bountiful and mystical kingdom of Yawrana? Well, a prophecy unfolds involving one of the travelers, Oreus Blake; the king of Yawrana is murdered, causing suspicion to fall in every direction, including the direction of the travelers; and a kingdom must face a vicious race of people, the Lazul, who were believed to be mere legend, in order to save their dying queen and their very existence. The Chimes of Yawrana is book 1 of The Snowtears War and was written by Scot R. Stone. Mr. Stone is a gifted storyteller and his characters are well developed, likable, and literally bring you to cheers as they battle unspeakable creatures and face unspeakable odds to save their queen and their kingdom. Much like the styles of fantasy greats like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and James Gurney, Scot Stone has created elaborate kingdoms and enduring characters who display heroic bravery in the face of dangers that seem insurmountable. This book contains imaginary and inventive creatures like the powerful and deadly dragul, a dragon-type animal of war and the skillful and intelligent gandalays, a type of masterful horse. This, combined with knowledgeable Elders, prophets, loyal (and some disloyal) barons, visionaries, a would be king, and a young man of prophecy, this story will keep you turning pages and keep your appetite whet for more until the end. Scot Stone¿s The Chimes of Yawrana is brilliantly written and sure to please any adventure lover, young and old alike. Mr. Stone is definitely one of the best, new voices in fantasy fiction. Order your copy today and strap yourself in for an incredible journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot to offer, from romance to action. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. It is one of the best books I have read in this genre. I really enjoyed the variety of characters. It is a good book to sit and enjoy as you put your troubles behind you. I am looking forward to his next book. I'll give the author a 5 star pat on the back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main characters, the land and the people became very real as I read the book. The heroes and the villains are well depicted. There are many exciting adventures which are well written. A thoroughly enjoyable science-fiction fantasy that was hard to put down once I started reading. I love to read mysteries and suspense novels so this was a different genre for me. I would highly recommend this really good book which I read in three days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised to find that ¿The Chimes of Yawrana¿ gradually carried me into the wonders of its unique world, surprising me over and over again with unexpected dangers, mysteries, terrors, and creatures I had never heard of before. There are sequera trees, whose lives are intertwined with those of the Elders that reside within them; fire-breathing draguls that carry their masters through the sky; and Shonitaurs, underground beings whose eyes change color with the changing of their moods, as well as many other strange creatures. But I also found the story itself intriguing, with subtle plot points that appear near the start of the book and aren¿t resolved until the end. The suspense just continues to build and build until the very end, when you find out that¿ No, I can¿t spoil it for you. Central to the story is a life-giving flower called the Snowtear, for which men are willing to fight and die. When several members of the Yawranan Court fall ill, only the Snowtear can save them. And as a young prince struggles to retrieve the Snowtear and bring it back to Yawrana, another man plots to gain control of the kingdom for himself. In Yawrana, the people fight to preserve their way of life against a return to bitter enslavement by their ancient enemies, a race of beings known only as the Lazul. There is death, betrayal, greed, passion, and courage in this book ¿and a young man who arrives in a flying ship from across the sea to fulfill a 4,000-year-old prophecy; one that holds the key to the country¿s salvation ¿ and the seeds of its destruction. This is solid, page-turning, I¿ll-just-read-one-more-chapter-before-I-go-to-sleep entertainment from Scot R. Stone, a young author who clearly has a full command of his story and characters. So be prepared to spend several pleasant hours intrigued, thrilled and delighted by a story filled with unexpected twists, turns and a constant array of new surprises. I know I was. Stone¿s second book in the series, ¿The Ice Shadows of Arna,¿ promises to be even more exciting than the first. But you have GOT to read this one. Do yourself a favor and don¿t leave this site without ordering ¿The Chimes of Yawrana.¿ It¿s a great adventure story. --Charles Cordova, author of ¿Journey To Myridia¿ (soon to be published)
GraniteStateReader More than 1 year ago
Recently, I started a series from Scot R. Stone called The Snowtear Wars. I bought the first book, "The Chimes of Yawrana", because the author was at the local Barnes & Noble and he seemed like a nice enough guy... oh, and he also promised that it was a 5 book series. Period. No "if it sells, I'll keep it going until I die" series. OK, I'll give it a try. Oh man, how bad was the plot? Truly ridiculous turns. At several points in the book, the main characters face imminent death only to have some miraculous luck just drop into their laps. It must happen 30 times in this one book. No one person is THAT lucky, never mind a whole group! How's this for unbelievable? This merry band of heroes falls into a cave (no one breaks anything) and on the cave wall are some drawings of their own band of merry men. They clearly recognize themselves because the drawing is so well done. The drawing shows them defeating another group of people and leaving the mountain together as a group. They decide that some kind of prophet drew this and that the bad guys must be expecting them. Then suddenly, BOOM, a "magic" bomb goes off. They all pass out and awaken to find that every one of them has been disarmed and has a bad guy holding a knife to their throat. Not one of them - every one of them is immobilized. They're dead, right? They all can't get out of this, can they? Some of them are going to die, right? I mean, if I'm the bad guys and I had a dream that these guys were going to come and kill us all, I'd knock 'em out and stick 'em all with knives. No worries then right? But they all have knives across their throats and the chief bad guy tells his men to kill them if they move at all. So they all (like 12 of them) move and they all miraculously avoid getting sliced and/or nicked and they somehow manage to disarm and kill all of the bad guys. Whew, that was tricky. The worst thing was that the book was mainly about a gruesome trek across dangerous/deadly territory to rescue two princesses. I bet half of the book has them trekking through this horrible land, just barely arriving to save the two. Then - voila - a new chapter... and they're back home!! No mention of the RETURN TRIP? Nothing happened on the way back!?!?! How did they avoid all of the bad guys who HAD to be waiting for them on their way back? Really unbelievable story. No, I won't be buying the other books in the series.