Sand Racer


Review by Book Viral

To the people of Gemma Arenae and the Southern Empire, Sand Racers are the heroes and celebrities of the day, with their heart-stopping, death-defying races across the BurningDesert into the Devils Heart. It requires a certain kind of grit and tenacity, split second reactions and a deep understanding of the desert itself, to challenge the swiftly changing landscape. But what is more heart-stopping and death-defying is when Nicolas, the Blue Rider, and his friend, Carver, the Yellow Rider, get caught up in political intrigue that will ultimately take the empire to the brink of civil war.


Embracing the spirit of fantasy and adventure, Sand Racer by KD Nielson is Book Six in the Tales of Menel Fenn series, with political intrigue and a forthcoming war setting the scene for a tumultuous tale. A tale in which Nielson takes obvious delight, there is a distinctly satisfying meticulousness with which he has imagined his world. Not only taking great pains with descriptions that bring a Saharan feel to his distant setting, but in creating cultural traditions and insightfully nuanced characteristics that are both enthralling and plausible. There is a gritty realism that links the nature of the land to the characteristics of his protagonists and it makes for interesting dynamics as his well-constructed plot evolves. Adding complexity to his characters and a moral environment which brings a welcome real world influence to the fore whilst his intriguing plot notably avoids predictability.


A clever and highly entertaining fantasy read, Sand Racer demands the other books in this series are read and certainly deserves a place on your bookshelf. It is highly recommended.

Reviewed by Book Viral

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‘s review

Jun 11, 14
Read in June, 2014

I am one of the most critical readers when it comes to fantasy and yet I found it hard to fault Sand Racer. From the cover to the enthralling narrative I found myself wondering why I hadn’t heard of KD Nielson before. I appreciate I have a lot of catching up to do with this series but I am very much looking forward to it.

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‘s review

Jun 08, 14
 Read in June, 2014
If you are looking for aw ell developed fantasy  with powerful world building and a great plot  I think Sand Racer take some beating. I read it over two days and found it to be really absorbing. I especially liked the sand races themselves and the way they were described.

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