(From the publisher):
In the cold mountains of the north the Kotaishi has been found. Yet the struggle is only just beginning, for strife and hatred, envy and arrogance, still blanket the land. The Kotaishi, crossing the length and breadth of Tonogato, eluding enemies while trying to keep a small band of supporters together, must wrestle with both the realities of power and the frailties of human feelings while combating the seeping influence of the Darkness.
Even as the Kotaishi attempts to undo what the Darkness has wrought, an even more insidious conflict erupts within the palace of the Zaitan beneath Tejinashi. A new Kotanjin, leader of the magicians, must be chosen, and the maneuvering factions hurtle toward intimidation and violence as they each seek dominance over the other.
The fates of both Kotaishi and Kotanjin are inextricably linked, their joint destiny buried far below the sands of the Sabakushi desert in a city long since lost and forgotten. There lies the key that could lock away the Darkness forever.
Yet the sand-laden towers of Sabakushi are held by a warrior general of the Darkness, already poised to invade the verdant lands of Tonogato?
Original title: The Sands of Sabakushi: Part 1
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Secondary Worlds
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Saga, Myth, and Legend→ Oriental