Waiting on Wednesday 09/18/19

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that first originated at Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. Either way, this fun feature is a chance to showcase the upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick

Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst (April 21, 2020 by Harper Voyager)

I was so excited when I discovered a new book coming out by Sarah Beth Durst! At first I thought she might be exploring another part of her world of Renthia, the same way she did with The Deepest Blue. But when the publisher description and cover came out, it appears the story will be a standalone based in a new world. Regardless, I’m still pretty excited to check me out some monster racing.

“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, 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.

As a professional trainer, Tamra was an elite kehok rider. Then a tragic accident on the track shattered her confidence, damaged her career, 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 can’t become good enough to compete without 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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18 Comments on “Waiting on Wednesday 09/18/19

  1. I’m undecided on this. I loved the first two Queens of Renthia, and even if I felt she fumbled the finale, I’m still excited to give Durst another read . . . but I think I need to see a review or two before jumping on this.

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    • Yeah, I loved the first two Renthia books, I thought the third was the weakest but it wasn’t too bad. Have you read The Deepest Blue? That one’s a standalone set in the Renthia world as well, but takes place on the islands. That one was fantastic, you should try it! 😀

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  2. The reviews I’ve read, from you and other bloggers, of this author’s previous works have kept her on my radar for future… explorations, but this one sounds even better than the other novels you already reviewed – and that cover is SO VERY intriguing… 🙂

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  3. This was already on my TBR – I haven’t read the authors other books yet but I loved the sound of this – but I didn’t realize it has a full blurb & cover now. It sounds fantastic (:

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