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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Gallego García Narrator: Patrick Fraley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

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

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

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  • “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.”

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

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  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan Hersey | 2/15/2014

    " A glorious use of the English language to tell a mesmeric tale. Beautiful. I shall re-read it often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dalea Sabrina | 1/26/2014

    " This is a fabulous, lyrical story with magical carpets and djinns and trips though the desert. I love it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie C. | 1/19/2014

    " Arabian Nights tale of the destructive powers of envy and the price for redemption.Remeniscent of the Alchemist, simple in a fable sort of way, yet beautiful to the mind's eye. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karla Peyton | 1/3/2014

    " I read this book when I was twelve and I still love it. This book made me enjoy reading. I couldn't put it down till I finished it and that's saying something of a twelve-year-old lazy girl. "

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About the Author

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.