Science fiction with heart |

Science fiction with heart

Daily Staff Writer

DILLON – The cover of “The Chimes of Yawrana” combines soft hues of red and pink to create a picture of a dragon perched atop a tower, with two avant garde warriors riding its back.It’s sure to make any science-fiction or fantasy fan salivate and make pretty much everyone else run.Which is unfortunate.The book centers around young bowman Oreus, who finds himself in the center of a century-old prophecy of Yawrana, a land Oreus just entered. Oreus’ coming brings deadly portents. To gain the trust of his newfound friends (and perhaps his new love), Oreus must make a treacherous journey.The book has love, boozing, hand-to-hand combat, warrior races and dragons, or “draguls,” as they’re called. 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, and though Stone creates a very mythic and surreal place, you can still understand the characters’ plights.Stone reveals the inner thoughts of almost every character, but at times the reader may be unsure of who’s inner dialogue they are reading because the writing bounces around to the thoughts of different characters without warning. Stone plans for “Chimes” to be the first in a series of an indefinite number of books, and he may be on to something – if you begin the series, it may be hard to stop. – Austin DiazAustin Diaz can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 251, or at

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