Gr 6-9 This beautifully written companion volume to Snow - Eyes (Atheneum, 1985) is as hard to describe as a piece of music. Smith's imagined world of Gueame is made real with wonderful detail that is more compelling than its philosophical underpinnings. In his late teens, the boy of the title travels to a music school, via his home, Kield, from which he was stolen by desert nomads as a small boy. He is a gifted Orphic and visionary, whose insights have been developed among the nomads, who followed the older beliefs of the Lake Goddess' consort, ``wild Aenan.'' But before he could learn control of his shape-changing, he was again stolen and sold to the Ebstershereditary cantorsone of whom is now sending him to the Academe, where, it develops, Amarra/Snow-Eyes is now Mistress. The narrator, who breaks into the tale now and again, presents the boy as a distant ancestor who, through his gifts and experiences, is able to reconcile beliefs that had become fragmented and effect harmony. In a more developed parallel theme than the first book, he is also instrumental in wresting his cousin from a pact made by her servitor mother and Death. Events are made vivid by the writingand young readers especially will love the flying teka, the boy's fearsome and charming pet. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Lib .