The Legend of the Wandering King

Laura Gallego García

Patrick Fraley (Narrator)

06-27-05

4hrs 42min

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Unabridged

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Fiction/Historical

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06-27-05

4hrs 42min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Historical

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“Garcia writes a captivating tale—a combination of original legend, philosophical meditation, romance and adventure—steeped in rich cultural specifics.” Booklist

ALA Best Book for Young Adults

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, and the memory of it 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.

Praise

“Garcia writes a captivating tale—a combination of original legend, philosophical meditation, romance and adventure—steeped in rich cultural specifics.” Booklist

“Readers will enjoy the thoughtful ruminations on fate and consequence as much as the thrilling, magical action.” Booklist

“A wonderful, fantastical fairy tale…at once fresh and familiar…This beautiful symmetrical tale 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

“A historical fantasy, a thrilling exploration of our fates and choices, and an utterly thrilling adventure.” Midwest Book Review

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Language English
Release Day Jun 26, 2005
Release Date June 27, 2005
Release Date Machine 1119830400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Teen & Young Adult, History & Culture, Literature & Fiction, Children/YA
Author Bio
Laura Gallego García

Laura Gallego Garcia won the prestigious El Barco de Vapor Award for her novels Apocalypse and The Legend of the Wandering King. The author of fourteen books, she is currently studying medieval literature at the University of Valencia. She lives in Alboraya, Spain.

Narrator Bio
Patrick Fraley

Patrick Fraley has created voices for over four thousand characters, placing him among the top ten performers of all time to be cast in animated programs. He holds an MFA in acting from Cornell University and is the author of the only character-voice curriculum ever to be accredited at the university level.

Overview

ALA Best Book for Young Adults

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, and the memory of it 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.

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