Saturday, May 2, 2020

REVIEW⤏ RACE THE SANDS

BY SARAH BETH DURST




    SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
    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, who you are in this life will determine your next life. Yet there is hope - you can change your destiny with the choices you make. But for the darkest individuals, there is no redemption: you come back as a kehok, a monster, and are doomed to 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 shattered her confidence, damaged her reputation, and left her nearly broke. Now, she 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.


    BOOK TAGS

     FANTASY-WORLD
     BASED IN AND AROUND REINCARNATION
     WITH RACING MONSTER-COMBINATIONS (KEHOKS)
     LIES & BETRAYALS
    ⤏ SOME COURTLY INTRIGUE
    ⤏ STAND-ALONE

      BOOK DETAILS⇣

      AUDIO PERFORMED BY EMILY ELLET
      SOURCE LIBBY AUDIOBOOK (LIBRARY)
      AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 15 HOURS, 45 MINUTES





      MY THOUGHTS⇣


      This book will be in my top 5 books of the year...I'm sure of it.  There is absolutely nothing that I can fault about this book.  I loved it.  It didn't even feel like it was over 500 pages, I flew through it...most of it one day. Which is crazy because it's almost 16 hours long.  I can't even say anything bad about the narration...which really should have had more narrators for all the different POV's, but it only had one, and she freaking nailed it.

      Race the Sands has a phenomenal world, that is completely unique, and unlike anything I ever read/listened to.  With inspiring characters that shine bright, insane action and moments that are heartfelt and uplifting.  It's labeled as Adult on the Author's website...but I'm not sure why...it has almost no romance at all...there are relationships that are cultivated, from friendship to familial, but it really only hints at something like romance.   There are some deaths brought on by murder...that's the only element that would hint at this being strictly adult.  I personally believe it's suitable for anyone above the age of 13 or so...both the young-ish and the young at heart.



      BREAKDOWN⇣

      Plot 5/5
      Characters 5/5
      The Feels 5+/5
      Pacing 5/5
      Addictiveness 5/5
      Theme, Tone or Intensity 5/5
      Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
      World-Building 5+/5
      Originality 5/5
      Ending 5/5






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