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From The CriticsIn this the fourth samurai mystery by these authors, Seikei, a fourteen-year-old samurai, is sent on an important mission by the shogun: Seikei must convince the young emperor to perform his ceremonial duties. Seikei learns that the boy emperor believes he is not the true emperor, but before Seikei can solve that problem, the emperor is kidnapped, rebellion breaks out against the shogun, and Seikei is being blamed for allowing both disasters to occur. Fortunately, a young woman and a mysterious warrior come to Seikei's aid. The three odd companions set out on a dangerous mission to rescue the emperor and stop the rebellion. Although this riveting book is labeled a mystery, it is also a fascinating historical fiction. Young people will love its fast pace and be drawn into the exotic world of sixteenth century Japan where adolescents take on adult responsibilities and significance. 2005, Penguin, 211 pp., Ages young adult.