The CHIMES OF ALYAFALEYN

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Punished by her fellow villagers for her uncanny influence over the mysterious golden spheres that guard the well-being of Alyafaleyn, Caidrun is pulled from the brink of destruction by Tamborel, who has loved her from afar.

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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+) -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 5-8-In the world of Alyafaleyn, the balance of life is maintained by small golden spheres or heynim, which chime in a tinkling cloud over the head of each adult. The village has two misfits, Tamborel, who reaches his teen years without being able to catch any heynim of his own, and Caidrun, who attracts the spheres away from their rightful owners. Strongly drawn to the willfull girl, Tamborel becomes her close friend. Deprived of her beloved chimes by the townspeople, Caidrun grows up angry and restless. When she disappears and bad luck comes to the village, Tamborel sets out to find her. In the first part of the story the two characters are small children; a few pages into the second section, they have abruptly become teenagers. Though Tamborel is the main character, the moody, rebellious Caidrun is the more interesting of the two. The idea of the golden spheres is a fascinating one, and Chetwin has worked out her fantasy world with loving care. Unfortunately, her plot has received less attention, as is shown by a lack of focus and a too-hastily resolved ending.
Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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