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Rowan and the Travellers

Rowan of Rin, Book 2
Narrated by: Rachael Blake
Series: Rowan of Rin, Book 2
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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The tormented witch Sheba has made a terrible prophecy of certain doom for the village of Rin. Skinny, timid Rowan must solve the riddle once again.

The secret enemy is here. It hides in darkness, fools beware! The witch Sheba is tormented by strange visions and terrifying riddles. No one can help her except perhaps the boy Rowan, the 'skinny weakling' whose face appears mysteriously in her dreams.

Life in the village of Rin goes on day by day, unchanging. And then, unexpectedly, the Travellers arrive. Like the other children, Rowan enjoys their visits. They bring games and music, toys and tricks. But not everyone trusts them. Why have they come again so soon to Rin? Are they the 'secret enemy' from Sheba's warning?

Rowan is caught up in a web of intrigue and danger as he races against time to solve the witch's riddle.

©1994 Emily Rodda (P)2003 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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  • Fryer
  • 07-02-2020

Nostalgia holds.

This is one of the first books as I read as a kid, the story still brings a smile to my face.

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  • Bruce
  • 08-02-2019

The least "questy" of this mega series

Sheba may be a tormented witch, but she is as scary to the locals as any Grimm version. If we did not already know that Rowan was of superior intellect, this story and his ability to unravel Sheba's rhymes makes that clear. This morality tale informs us of the evil of blaming outsiders (gypsies) and instead points the finger at our own eco-suicide of importing non-native plants. This book establishes the Rin village's dependence on gypsies and witch riddles, which will be played out repeatedly in future books.