Race the Sands

Harper Voyager. Apr. 2020. 544p. ISBN 9780062888617. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
In Becar, the way one chooses to live their life determines what form they take in the next life. To ride kehoks means to impose your will over the monster beneath you—at one time a terrible person, now reborn as twisted in appearance as they once were in deeds. To win the Races means glory for the rider, and a chance for the kehok to be redeemed. Tamra used to be a famous rider, but a tragic accident took her livelihood and confidence. Unless she gains the Race winnings, Tamra will lose her daughter. Raia has the raw talent to ride, but needs a skilled trainer to join the Races and break free from her imposing family. Both women place their hopes on a strange new kehok, as wild as it is powerful. As they head to the Races, Tamra and Raia discover how far they will go to win—and the truly unique nature of their kehok.
VERDICT Durst’s latest delivers the same sweeping prose and lush worldbuilding as her “Renthia” series, with strong female protagonists and lively supporting characters. This compelling fantasy will please fans and engage new readers.
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