A multimillion-copy bestseller in China—now available in English! In this heart-pounding adventure, a group of individuals who have come together for an expedition, each with a specific interest, soon find themselves motivated by one common goal: the sheer will to survive.
THE QUEST: To find the lost city of Jingjue, a once-glorious kingdom, along with the burial chamber of its mysterious queen. Both lie buried under the golden dunes of the desert, where fierce sandstorms and blazing heat show no mercy.
THE TEAM: Teenagers Tianyi, who has the ability read the earth and sky through feng shui, and Kai, Tianyi’s best friend and confidant; Julie, a wealthy American whose father vanished on the same trek a year ago; Professor Chen, who wants to fulfill a lifelong dream; and Asat Amat, a local guide gifted in desert survival.
THE OBSTACLES: Lethal creatures of the desert and an evil force that wants to entomb the explorers under the unforgiving sands of China’s Taklimakan Desert forever.
Translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Tiang, whose recent work includes NEVER GROW UP, the translation from Chinese of the autobiography from action movie superstar Jackie Chan.
Born in Tianjin in 1978, the year China’s reforms began, TIANXIA BACHANG (the pen name of Zhang Muye) is a child of the new China. His careers have been many and varied, a winding path of self-discovery that would never have been open to his parents’ generation. An avid gamer, his pen name comes from his online avatar, and his stories have been bestsellers within the gaming community. The City of Sand is his first book to be translated into English. He continues to write and maintain an active connection to his fans online.
"For readers looking for a full-tilt adventure with a side order of the supernatural, Chinese author Tianxia Bachnag has all they could want with The City of Sand." --LOCUS
"A richly imagined and artfully translated tale of history, adventure, and magic." --PW
"This rollicking adventure rarely pauses." --SLJ
"Filled to the brim with ancient and modern Chinese history . . . a fun and spooky ride. It's not hard to see how Bachang became a best-seller in his home country." --Booklist