Gr 4-6 In his fourth adventure, Rowan comes face to face with the dreaded Zebak tribe. Generations earlier, the people of Rin had been its warrior slaves, and had fought to earn their freedom. On what should be the happiest of days, Rowan keeps receiving warnings of danger, but decides to keep quiet until after his mother marries Strong Jonn. Unfortunately, before he can tell anyone, his little sister is snatched by a fanged, flying grach. With the help of friends from previous outings-and of course a few magical poems courtesy of Rin's always cranky wise woman, Sheba-Rowan makes his way across the sea and through the Wastelands, to the fortress of steel that is the Zebak's stronghold. There, mysteries of the past are revealed, new friends are made, and Annad is rescued. Rowan is not the flashiest of heroes, but in each story he grows a little more confident. He has become a quiet but able leader, one who listens and learns and inspires his followers to do their best. This story, like its predecessors, is filled with mystery, magic, and plenty of twists and turns. Fans of the series will rejoice and newcomers will want to go back to the beginning and read about Rowan's earlier adventures. -Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.