Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
Harper Voyage | April 21, 2020
First of all, how stunning is that cover? That lion, the colors… As bloggers I feel like we see a lot of covers, and most of the time I scroll right past them. So many are repeat styles and stock images. Not this one. I was immediately intrigued. Good job, whoever designed the cover of this book.
The second take away I got from reading Race the Sands was realizing how 30 years didn’t much change the core of who I am.
Can you guess what these two books have in common?
One of these books was my childhood obsession. I was addicted to the series, and the movie. The other is a book I just finished that catapulted itself to the top of my favorite Fantasy books.
Both of them are about racing.
Both of them contain an untameable animal.
Both take place in a dessert atmosphere.
Whatever childhood essence that felt such a rush of excitement reading about The Black, and his rider Alec, still exists in this older and more jaded woman I’ve become. I was entranced by the story of Tamra, Raia and the Black Lion. I loved it so much I’m not feeling a hangover. I’m in a literal biblio-coma. I cannot stop thinking about it.
If I had known who the author was before I requested this book, I wouldn’t have. I’m thankful I didn’t realize I’d read one of her previous books because Sarah Beth Durst has really grown in her craft. I will forever remember this author when talking about whether or not we shouldn’t judge authors based on previous reads.
Yes, it all started with the racing, and the animals, and the sand. However, Race the Sands was more than that. It had a fantastic, full, cast of characters that I loved, in addition to political intrigue. It is epic fantasy at its best, with fabulous lore and a well executed world. It also had plot that was almost philosophical. The story questioned morality, and the idea of a higher power.
I’m deadly serious about how good Race the Sands is. If you love Fantasy, either adult or YA, this book is for you. It’s both. It’s neither. It is bloody fantastic!
5 exhilarating stars!!
Thank you to Harper Voyage and NetGalley, for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.