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The Legend of the Wandering King

Written by Laura Gallego Garcia

Translated by Dan Bellm

The most dangerous magical object in the history of the world waits quietly in the treasury of a decaying Arabian palace. It knows your name and home and history and fate; it knows the past and future of the entire human race. It is a carpet, an impossible, dazzling carpet, and though a glance at it can drive a man mad, many will risk their lives to look into its pattern and discover their destinies.

And when the carpet is stolen, it is up to young King Walid to recover it. Walid bears the scars of a terrible secret, a crime of pride and hatred whose memory drives him on the quest. The search for the carpet will take him across the brilliant deserts of the Middle East, from a tribe of fierce bandits to the riches of Damascus to the love of a beautiful woman. And it will lead him finally to his own surprising destiny... One that even the carpet might never have predicted.

Inspired by the true story of a real prince of pre-Islamic Arabia, The Legend of the Wandering King is a novel like no other: an original historical fantasy, a thoughtful exploration of our fates and choices, and an utterly thrilling adventure.

Reviews and Awards

ALA Best Book for Young Adults
CCBC Choice
USBBY Outstanding International Book

⋆ "Set in the deserts of Arabia, this wonderful, fantastical fairy tale, translated from Spanish, is at once fresh and familiar.... This beautifully symmetrical tales of the possibility of redemption, of fate vs. free will, of the necessity of heart in art, will enthrall readers young and old." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Spanish author Garcia writes a captivating, magical tale - a combination of original legend, philisophical mediation, romance, and adventure… Readers will enjoy the thougtful ruminations on fate and consequence as much as the thrilling, magical action." - Booklist

"A riveting and rewarding historical fantasy." - San Francisco Chronicle 

Purchase Options
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Summer 2005
ISBN: 0-439-58556-2
Price: $16.95/$22.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 224
Foreign Rights: Ediciones SM
Translation Rights: Ediciones SM
Rights Available? yes

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