Sarah Beth Durst

Race the Sands

ISBN: 9780062888617

Race the Sands

an epic fantasy novel for adults
by Sarah Beth Durst
coming April 2020 from Harper Voyager

In this epic standalone fantasy, Sarah Beth Durst 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 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 life 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 time.

Unless you can win the Races.

After a celebrated career as an elite kehok rider, Tamra became a professional trainer. Then a tragic accident on the track shattered her confidence, damaged her reputation, 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 her.

Raia is desperate to get away from her domineering family and cruel fiancé. As a kehok rider, she could earn enough to buy her freedom. But she needs a first-rate trainer.

Impressed 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 tamed.

But 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.

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An Amazon Best Book of April 2020
A Kirkus Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Read for April 2020

"A thrill-filled story about monster racing with impressive thematic depth and a refreshing spectrum of female characters. [...] Durst consistently defies expectations in both plot and characterization while exploring sophisticated themes of found family, integrity, and morality. This excellent epic fantasy will appeal to adult fans of YA authors Tamora Pierce and Megan Whalen Turner." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"National Velvet with monsters and a big helping of palace intrigue, Race the Sands is monstrous (literally), heartwarming, and empowering in equal measure. An incredibly fun and inspiring read." -- Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale

"Race the Sands is a fast-paced adventure that will have you falling in love with its heroines and the monsters they ride." -- Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Demon Cycle series

"Race the Sands is not only a blistering rush through a brilliantly credible and original fantasy landscape, it's the story of resolve, family, and personal destiny we all need. Highly recommended." -- Julie E. Czerneda, author of The Gossamer Mage

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Also coming soon as an audiobook:

Race the Sands

Race the Sands
Audio Edition

written by Sarah Beth Durst
narrated by Emily Ellett
coming April 2020 from HarperAudio

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