The following article appeared in the Colorado newspaper, THE COLORADOAN.
by Kelli Lackett

Author Scot R. Stone likes to say about the universe he created in his fantasy series "The Snowtear Wars"
that it is "a magical world without magic."

"There are a lot of things to explore, a lot of new creatures to explore," said Stone, who lives in Erie.
"(But) there is an explanation for everything, and that explanation gets revealed throughout the series."

The series is set in the fictional kingdom of Yawrana and revolves around an ancient flower called the
snowtear, which has limitless healing powers. The first book in the series,
The Chimes of Yawrana, was
released in March. It tells the tale of a group of Zonack voyagers who arrive in Yawrana. Elders in
Yawrana have predicted destruction when the two cultures meet, and one of the heroes, Oreus Blake,
finds himself in the center of that clash.

Like J.R.R. Tolkien, Stone peoples his fantasy universe with several different races and cultures. But the
mysterious elements of his novels make them unique among fantasy writing, he said.

"I think it's something that people have never seen before."

Stone has already finished the second book in the series,
The Ice Shadows of Arna, to be released in the
fall, and is working on the third.

"There are a lot of likable characters that people are going to relate to in the story line," Stone said.
A Magical World Without Magic-- 6/9/2004