THE CHIMES OF ALYAFALEYN by Grace Chetwin

THE CHIMES OF ALYAFALEYN

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Most children begin to gather ``heynim'' (magical chimes that control weather and have the power to heal) with their minds at 11 or 12, but Tamborel is still unable to do so, though he's 19 and a master tuner. His affliction began 12 years ago, when he nearly died protecting precocious two-year-old Caidy from swarms of heynim she could attract but not control. Since then, suppressing her talent has made Caidy angry and difficult. When she disappears in a storm, Tamborel--still her protector-- desperately follows, but gets only as far as the Hall of Harmonies, where his tuning talent is discovered. Two years pass; abruptly, the swarms of heynim cease and the world falters. Tamborel travels on and finds Caidy, who has spitefully blocked the heynim. Tamborel's tuning restores her gentle nature; when they are reunited, Tamborel finds he too can control heynim. In this sweet, soft-edged romantic fantasy, Caidy is particularly convincing--a mercurial hellion, chronically bitter at being thwarted. Less convincing is the almost comically passive Tamborel, patiently enduring her scorn; and credibility is strained by a world with virtually no curiosity about the source of the all-important chimes. Still, an entertaining, if far- fetched, love story. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1993
ISBN: 0-02-718222-3
Page count: 234pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1993




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