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In this epic standalone fantasy, the acclaimed author of the Queens 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 quest to become monster racing champions.

Life, death, and rebirth -- in Becar, everyone knows that who you are in this life will
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Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Harper Voyager
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Ash
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce fans
Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I took a chance because it had quite a few elements that appealed to me: high fantasy, deadly races, reincarnation, a desert empire, and two strong female protagonists. I love nothing more than to sink into a good fantasy novel and I was immensely pleased when this one did the trick.

Race the Sands features two main characters,
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♠ TABI ♠
Jul 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
two words: monster racing
Jenn (Jenn’s Bookshelf)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-releases
On the edge about starting this one? This book is all about morals, ethics, right and wrong, and most importantly - monster racing.

This book was so incredible I’m still reeling. An intriguing world, an even more intriguing premise, and two women at the forefront who will not stop for nothing until they reach their ends. I have never read a book like this one, and I absolutely LOVED it! The characters were well fleshed out and incredibly real, the twists were fantastic, and the ending. I was on
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sofia (sam willows)
Sep 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
this book sounds so so good and i got an arc im so excited!!!!
Julie
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from netgalley, all opinions are my own

I really enjoyed this book! Sarah always writes interesting rich stories that completely consume you!

In this world, reincarnation is real and if you're a good person, you will come back as one of the Nobel creatures but if your soul is rotten you will become a kehok, a terrifying mix of creatures evil and hungry for blood, once you become a kook, there is no way back unless you win the races. Each year riders compete in
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Fanna
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
soooo like, monsters are gonna race in this one? this is gonna be as stunning as the cover!

Received a digital copy of this via Edelweiss. Thank you, Harper Voyager and Sarah Beth Durst!
Fi's Journey
Sep 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
I've seen the cover for this book on Amazon and oh this sounds amazing!

Anne Monteith
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Race the Sands start off a little slow but keep reading because I don’t think you will be disappointed.

The people of the Becar Empire believe that you are reborn and what you are reborn as depends how you lived in this life and your other past lives. Depending on the state of your soul you can be reborn as a slug, bird anything, including a human; this is a never-ending process and everyone and everything is eternally reborn. The only exception to this rule is if you are reborn as a kehok, a
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Marvin
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Racing with monstrous and deadly kehoks, a rebirth that can be steered to some extend by the way you live your current life, a kehok trainer for whom the upcoming racing season will determine whether she can keep her daughter or not, a kehok rider with no experience, a kehok that might not be easily tamed. An intriguing premise like this can evolve in two directions: it turns into an incredibly good book, or becomes terribly disappointing. In case of ‘Race the Sands’ it became terribly … good! I ...more
Kelli Hale
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THANK YOU SO MUCH NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR SENDING ME A REVIEW COPY OF THIS!!!!!

TW: Some Gore, Domestic abuse and spousal murder mentioned, animal abuse.


This is my first read of the year, and I'm already predicting it might be my favorite of the year too.

I can't describe how many emotions I felt reading this book! It's the first time in a while that a book has gripped me so hard and practically demanded that I read it.

Race the Sands is a story of what makes humans and what makes
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roxi Net
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roxiown
Ms. Durst does not disappoint. At all. Race the Sands was such a great standalone book (and I haven't *gasp* read the Queen of Renthia series yet) that I couldn't put it down. Becar -- a city where rebirth reigns, humans with the worst souls are reborn as kehoks -- monsters that are used by the bravest of riders in races to become Champions. Tamra, a fierce trainer finds an unusual kehok and Raia a determined rider who's freedom hinges on becoming Champion. As the relationships between the trio ...more
Joe Crowe
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one has a very cool concept and fantastic female characters.

This one is a stand-alone story not connected to the author's Queens of Renthia, which I really liked. Check out my review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

I might like this one more. The author is a terrific world-builder, and this book shows that she can create awesome creatures, too.

In this story, people are reincarnated into animals if they're good and monsters if they're, well, not as good. The people ride the
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David Pomerico
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m biased, but love this stand-alone fantasy. Durst has always been a great world-builder, and I think she belongs on any shelf that has Paolini, Terry Brooks, and Eddings.
Bob
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was really fun. Interesting premise, and enough action to keep you engaged,
VL
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the page count scare you, they fly by with such an engrossing story.
Carissa Bauerband
Race the Sands was fantastic! It's a stand alone novel, which is great for someone not wanting to start an entire series, that has complex world building and lovable characters.

First, the monster racing. Kehoks are reincarnated criminals that are reborn as mismatched abominations of nature, caught and forced to race in a country wide sporting event. Races are dangerous, even deadly sometimes. Kehoks that win are rewarded, kehoks that lose can be killed.

Tamra is one of the main characters, a
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roxi Net
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Durst does not disappoint. At all. Race the Sands was such a great standalone book (and I haven't *gasp* read the Queen of Renthia series yet) that I couldn't put it down. Becar -- a city where rebirth reigns, humans with the worst souls are reborn as kehoks -- monsters that are used by the bravest of riders in races to become Champions. Tamra, a fierce trainer finds an unusual kehok and Raia a determined rider who's freedom hinges on becoming Champion. As the relationships between the trio ...more
Tasha Robinson
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's how much this book hooked me: I get a lot of ARCs in the mail, and I dump most of them into a pile to take to my local library for the giveaway shelf. I was literally at the library with a pile of them when I got it into my head to read the first two pages of this book. Once I did, I took it back home and read the whole thing in two days. It's instantly hooky and compelling, with some impressive worldbuilding around two simple concepts: there are aura-readers called augurs who can see the ...more
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May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
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I’m sorry, MONSTER RACING?? sign me up
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MONSTER RACING AKA MY KIND OF RACING
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of nineteen fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including The Girl Who Could Not Dream, Drink Slay Love, and The Queens of Renthia series. She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying ...more
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