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The Chimes of Alyafaleyn Hardcover – Oct 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Juv) (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027182223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027182224
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,143,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From Booklist

Gr. 5-8. Caidrun, born with extraordinary powers, must wear a helmet that shuts out sight and sound to protect her and the town's other citizens. Deprived of sensory learning, feared and mocked by other children, Caidrun has only one friend and protector, Tamborel. When Caidrun is provoked, she commits the unpardonable crime of snagging and dispersing clusters of heymin, floating golden spheres that keep the world in harmony. Running away to escape punishment and to find the source of the heymin, she nearly destroys the world. Tamborel finally saves her from herself and releases the all-important heymin. Chetwin describes a complex world with intriguing situations and characters, but for much of the book, Caidrun is so spiteful and demanding and Tamborel so acquiescent to her demands that the reader almost loses interest. This seems to be the first book in a series, and since at the end, Caidrun has found some peace from her inner demons and Tamborel has shown himself to be resourceful and brave, it seems likely that future stories about the mysterious land of Alyafaleyn will have a hero and heroine worthy of mighty adventures. Sheilamae O'Hara

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Worldbuilding, Charming story Feb. 11 2002
By Shanshad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This story has some fabulous ideas for a world in which the very foundations depend upon music. The music is created by the use of the musical spheres that the adults "snag" and the more control and spheres an adult can control, the more powerful he or she is. Thrown into this world are two misunderstood young people--Caidrun, a mercurial girl who has been an outcast since before she was born, and Tamborel, the boy who has steadfastedly remained her best friend.
This book makes for a wonderfully emotional coming of age story of these two protagonists. What the author does best is to create that emotional relationship that exists between Tamborel and Caidrun. The understanding and the value of friendship is appealing--this book will most likely interest sensitive young teens who are exploring facets of emotional interaction and enjoy fantasy settings.
Those who prefer action, or more complex world building may feel this story drags at times, and the story rather simplistic. There are many aspects of this world that are never expanded upon, and the characters other than the story's two protagonists never become fully realized. The adventures of Tamborel, therefore, come across as lackluster. And most of Caidrun's adventures are skipped over entirely. Had the author spent some time on Caidrun's experiences from her POV, it might have made the story stronger.
Still, I very much enjoy this book for what it is. I am glad to have it in my collection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Book for Gifted Children March 5 2008
By Sallie Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The newly revised edition of this book, available through Kindle, has a strange history. As Chetwin was finishing the first edition, the publisher put a page and time limit on it, and the writer had to scuttle her plans for the end. The result was a spectacular first half of a book that strikes a deep and vibrant chord - gifted children who are feared and mistreated in their society, and the consequences of that attitude. One of these children, Caidrun, goes "bad" in her distress at being mistreated, and the other, Tamborel, runs away from home to seek help in saving her. Meanwhile, Caidrun's remarkable capabilities, which should have been guided into constructive channels, have become destructive, and cause far-reaching chaos. The first edition ends with no real change in the characters. In this glorious Kindle edition, however, the lives of Brel and Caidy unfold in fascinating detail, as a whole world based on harmonies is revealed. Chetwin is one of those rare writers who can make a character's growth and development believable - and inevitable. This book is about the individual's spirit and the power of harmony. Music is the art explored here, but all children who long to express their special gifts will treasure this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Chimes of Alyafaleyn Sept. 15 2003
By Andrea Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In the spirit of The Giver and The Alchemist, The Chimes of Alyafaleyn is a fantastical book that opens readers' (children AND adults) imaginations and hearts. The journey of the human spirit/consciousness is often better told in the context of an imaginary world. Chetwin understands the need for global consciousness and community. I imagine her a strong woman, a peace activist, clutching magic dust. It is a shame this gem is out of print. If you stumble upon this book, savor it and read it more than once. Read it to your children. And then ask your children to teach you something.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Chimes of Alyafaleyn Feb. 26 2008
By Sallie Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
The Chimes of Alyafaleyn

The newly revised edition of this book, available only through [...]and Kindle, has a strange history. As Chetwin was finishing the first edition, her then editor put a page and time limit on the finished manuscript, and the writer had to scuttle her plans for the end. The result was a spectacular first half of a book that strikes a deep and vibrant chord - gifted children who are feared and mistreated in their mediocrity-ruled society, and the consequences of that attitude. One of the gifted children, Caidrun, goes "bad" as a result of near-torture, and the other, her friend Tamborel, runs away from home to seek help elsewhere in finding and saving her. Meanwhile, Caidrun's remarkable capabilities, which should have been guided into constructive channels, have become extremely destructive, and cause far-reaching chaos. In this first edition, while Brel does at last find Caidy, she is unchanged - still angry and dangerous, almost glorying at the turmoil she has caused. The second half of the book flounders on to an unsatisfying conclusion.

In the glorious second edition, however, the entire book fulfills the promise of that wonderful first half. The lives of Brel and Caidy are unfolded in fascinating detail and a whole world based on harmonies becomes real. Chetwin is one of those rare writers who can make a character's growth and development not only believable, but inevitable - no "moral lesson" here, but a natural progression that lends hope to all us square pegs. This book is about the individual's spirit and the power of harmonies- the internal reflecting the audible. Music is the art explored here, but all children who feel their gifts - as a joy or even as a burden - will surely treasure this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Really liked it June 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. The idea of heynim that will swarm around people's heads is very creative. It is not like any other book I have ever read. I thought Tamborel was a very devoloped character but Caidy was a little less so. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy but especially someone around my age. (13 years old)


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