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Race the Sands

(2020)
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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





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, 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.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"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

"Sarah Beth Durst is one of the most prolific authors I know, yet each of her beautiful stories is infused with exciting action and fully rounded characters whose struggles are both relatable and fantastical. 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

"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


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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Race the Sands: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
ISBN: 0-06-288861-7 / 978-0-06-288861-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Race the Sands: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
ISBN: 1-09-411950-4 / 978-1-09-411950-2
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Race the Sands: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
ISBN: 1-09-411951-2 / 978-1-09-411951-9
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Race the Sands: Library Edition
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
ISBN: 1-09-411949-0 / 978-1-09-411949-6
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Race the Sands: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
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April 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Race the Sands: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Title: Race the Sands: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
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April 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Race the Sands: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
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Kindle Editions

April 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Race the Sands: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU