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In this epic standalone fantasy the acclaimed author of the ueens of Renthia series introduces an imaginative new world in which a pair of strong and determined women risk their lives battling injustice corruption and deadly enemies in their uest to become monster racing championsLife death and rebirth in Becar everyone knows that who you are in this life will determine what you are in your next life The augurs can read your fate in your aura hawk heron tortoise jackal human Armed with that knowledge you can change your destiny with the choices you make both in this l Call it what it is monster racingForget that and you die This book was everything I wanted Ever since I read Durst s The ueen of Blood in 2016 I ve been saying that she s a seriously underrated author but this book Wow she just took it to a whole new levelAnd the silly thing is I d been putting it off Monster racing sounds kinda badass but it also doesn t uite grab me in a need to read way I love character drama and emotional investment I love relationships and political machinations and backstabbing and betrayals and surprises and I can t play or follow sports to save my life But Race the Sands had all of that Yes there was monster racing but that is only a tiny fraction of what this book is aboutBecar is a richly drawn fantasy world where souls are reborn again and again and how well you nurtured your soul in your previous life dictates what form it will be born into in your next If you were good told few lies and generally made the world a better place you could be born as a human or a higher class of animal like a monkey or a tiger If you didn t you may be born as a cockroach But the worst fate of all reserved for the most irredeemably bad souls is to be reborn as a kehokKehoks are vicious monsters incapable of reason or empathy Their main use in this world is as racers trained and controlled by riders brave enough to compete Tamra was one such rider until an accident left her with a physical disability Now she trains others to ride the kehoks When her financial situation gets so bad her daughter may be taken away from her she knows the only solution is to win the championship and the monetary prize But first she has to find a kehok and a rider who can do it and time is definitely not on her sideWhile this is happening and Tamra is finding Raia and the mysterious metallic lion who will race with her trouble is brewing in the Heart of Becar I don t want to give too much away but protests have broken out and it seems that many people may be lying and scheming The new emperor to be Prince Dar is unintentionally sowing doubt in Becar s citizensI loved the politics of it all The underhanded goings on and the moral uestions being raised In this society augurs are religious figures the only ones who can see your soul and the path you are on and so everyone reveres and fears them Good intentions are held up as the ideal the purest way to live but as the book shows a lot of terrible things can be done under the banner of good intentions Fascinating Do you understand my star I would destroy the world for you The characters were fantastic especially all the amazing women which seems to be what Durst does best Tamra is the best mum EVER except my own of course and I felt that Raia was a deeply sympathetic and tough character I was also very pleasantly surprised by Lady Evara She seems like a standard bitchy rich lady character in the beginning but she becomes a much needed source of comic relief I love it when characters are than I first expectedAnd that climax was so SO satisfying I think I may have said OH HELL YES out loud What a fun fast paced hard to put down book with MCs who all have slightly damaged souls which is how I like em It s adult fantasy but totally suitable for YA readers too Slight warning for some animal cruelty ie beating racers to make them faster it is NOT viewed as a good thingFacebook Instagram

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Race the Sands

Ife and your next But for the darkest individuals there is no redemption you come back as a kehok a monster and you will always be a kehok for the rest of timeUnless you can win the RacesAs a professional trainer Tamra was an elite kehok rider Then a tragic accident on the track shattered her confidence damaged her career and left her nearly broke Now Tamra needs the prize money to prevent the local temple from taking her daughter away from her and that means she must once again find a winning kehok and a rider willing to trust herRaia is desperate to get away from he Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers Harper Voyager for the eARC of Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst The book releases April 21st 2020 so add it to your TBR now if you are interestedDescription omitted for Goodreads reviewDoes it sound a bit like The Scorpio Races Yes to the point where I almost put it down but I encourage you to keep reading if you feel like DNFing at first The first few chapters as well as the rest of the book read very young to me in the writing style but the political intrigue and maneuvering part of the plot take over after the races start and I really did enjoy the book overallI would have liked to see of Raia training the kehok at first it happened so uickly where she went from a total novice to being ready to race Not that they didn t have enough hurdles to overcome as it was but the racing ended up not being the main storyline of the book at all which is where it differed from TSC and other similar booksI liked the main character cast but they all had very similar voices Raia can sound like a teenager because well she is one and so can Dar the emperor to be but Tamra sounded like a kid and she had to be in her 30s at least Lady Evara and Yorbel sounded a bit alike too and they ended up being amazing ancillary charactersAs far as the world building SBD did an amazing job for a standalone novel It is hard to build a world in one book and she described the architecture art food religion and social structure of Peron and the Heart of Becar in such a way that I felt like I knew not only the setting but the mood of the city I would have liked to know about the strict divisions between rich and poor though it seems like in a reincarnation based society that anyone reborn as a human would be considered honorable So why go as far as to keep the poor out of sightThe religion was one of the most interesting parts of the plot In order to crown a new emperor the soul of the old emperor had to be foundand the augurs couldn t find him I enjoyed the bits about reading souls and auras worrying about what animal they would be reborn as and the mental image of augurs canvassing every single ant hill looking for the emperor s soul The downside of this is I called the major plot twist the second it was mentionedAlso like I said I found the races to be anticlimactic even the championship race This was a huge bummer for me but I understand that the races became a vessel for the rest of the book s plot in the second part of the book It was a uick read and became impossible to put down in the last 150 pages or soI never feel like I do a good job describing books but if you are into strong female characters monsters racing political intrigue and plotting definitely pick up this book I feel like it s marketed for adults as Tamra is older but this is definitely appropriate for young adult readers I went 45 stars just because of the lack of variation in character voices but really the action and intrigue packed into this book is pretty impressive Thank you again for the eARC all opinions are my own

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R domineering family and cruel fiancé As a kehok rider she could earn enough to buy her freedom But she can't become good enough to compete without a first rate trainerImpressed by the inexperienced young woman's determination Tamra hires Raia and pairs her with a strange new kehok with the potential to win if he can be tamedBut in this sport if you forget you're riding on the back of a monster you die Tamra and Raia will work harder than they ever thought possible to win the deadly Becaran Races and in the process discover what makes this particular kehok so special Ahoy there me mateys I received a copy of this young adult fantasy eArc from Edelweiss in exchange for me honest musings I absolutely loved this standalone novel This novel has great female protagonists fun evil creatures called kehoks and some surprising plot twists It was such a good reading experience that I didn t even notice many of the writing inconsistencies until after I finished I wanted to stay up all night reading but made meself go to bed The author dedicated the book to Tamora Pierce She is one of me favorite authors and Durst s book certainly captures the spirit and feel of those beloved booksBasically there are two main characters Tamra and Raia Tamra is a kehok trainer down on her luck Raia is a runaway who decides the kehok races are the only way to earn her freedom What is a kehok Well reincarnation is a reality in this society A kehok is a person who is so irredeemable that are reborn as murderous tortured monsters who cannot rejoin the reincarnation cycle Kehoks are used as racing beasts Okay it doesn t uite make sense but I didn t care Cause monster racing in the desert sounds coolThe highlight for me were the characters I loved Tamra and Raia but I grew to love Shalla Yorbel and Lady Evara I loved that all of them had different reasons for wanting to win the race I certainly was cheering them on I enjoyed that the characters were from various backgrounds and of various ages The races themselves ended up being background for a larger plot about political instability and religion but that ended up being okay because I wanted to see how it all turned outThe world building was the weakest link even if it didn t ruin the book for me The world and politics felt very one dimensional The emperor to be can t be crowned until they find the animal housing his dead brother s soul This aspect of the reincarnation didn t make sense There was never any idea of what the point of the cycle was and how ye got out of it Good people became animals freuently and expected to and so there was some puzzlement once the book was finished Many of the plot points of this aspect of the novel were very easy to predict but not allBut really those things were minor in comparison to how much I enjoyed the reading experience and characters I certainly need to get back to Durst s backlog because I had forgotten how much fun her writing could be Arrrr


10 thoughts on “Race the Sands

  1. says:

    Call it what it is monster racingForget that and you die This book was everything I wanted Ever since I read Durst's The ueen of Blood in 2016 I've been saying that she's a seriously underrated author but this book Wow she just took it to a whole new levelAnd the silly thing is I'd been putting it off Monster racing sounds kinda ba

  2. says:

    An exciting and enjoyable standalone fantasy for both adult and young adult audience The ueens of Renthia trilogy by Sarah

  3. says:

    I loved everything about Race the Sands Hooked from the very first page the interesting character profiles is what struck me first Tamra had a great backstory she’s a highly skilled trainer old injuries keeping her from competing in the kehok races herself and an incredibly badass character with enough flaws to make her realistic Both she and the other characters had great motive from those backstories –

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    How does one live a moral life and still live in reality c “Inside I am screaming” “Inside we all are” c“So I’ll be a fish Or a bird Or a cricket Or whatever Does it matter so long as I’ve done the best I can Death eras

  5. says:

    This was a very enjoyable and engaging young adult fantasy about a world where reincarnation is very real and depending on what you do and stand for in life you end up as all types of animals and insects However i

  6. says:

    Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers Harper Voyager for the eARC of Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst The book releases April 21st 2020 so add it to your TBR now if you are interestedDescription omitted for Goodreads reviewDoes it sound a bit like The Scorpio Races Yes to the point where I almost put it down but I encourage you to keep reading if you feel like DNFing at first The first few chapters as well as the rest of the book read

  7. says:

    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ’d be shocked if Race the Sands doesn’t end up topping my list of favorite reads at the end of the year I mean I’ve been following Sarah Beth Durst for a while and I love her work but wow she’s certainly outdone herself this time There’s literally nothing I disliked about this book a spectacular effusion of excitement adventure and really wild thingsWelcome to Becar a world where reincarnation ex

  8. says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewI wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I took a chance because it had uite a few elements that appealed to me high fantasy deadly races reincarnation a desert empire and two strong female protagonists Race the Sands features two main characters alternating between their perspectives and oc

  9. says:

    Ahoy there me mateys I received a copy of this young adult fantasy eArc from Edelweiss in exchange for me honest musings I absolute

  10. says:

    35 starsIt seems that it has taken a global pandemic for me to enjoy YA fantasy again It reminded me a bit of The Scorpio Races but with bette

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