Title: The Demon Race
Author: Alexandria Warwick
Page Count: 351
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.
It occurs once every thousand years: the Demon Race. A test of will and strength, it is a race across the Saraj, a fight for the prize of a lifetime. And it is the key to Namali Hafshar’s freedom.
When shy, seventeen-year-old Namali learns of her arranged marriage, she flees home and enters the Demon Race for the chance to change her fate. But to compete, she must cross the Saraj on a daeva, a shadow demon that desires its own reward: to infect her soul with darkness.
Namali soon learns that the desert holds more dangers than meets the eye. The only person she can trust is Sameen, a kind competitor seeking his own destiny. As her affection for him grows, however, so too does the darkness in her heart.
In this race of men and demons, only one can win. But the price of winning might be more than Namali is willing to pay.
When the author reached out to me to read The Demon Race, I was skeptical because of the title. I’m not a big fan of demons or anything that is associated with them, but this book was great and it blew me away. I was shocked when I read that this was the authors debut because it’s so good! It had a fantastic, diverse story line with a mix of some very lovable and not so lovable characters. Lots of action as we follow Namali across the desert as she races to the Lost City to win a wish so she can get out of her arranged marriage. And there’s some romance that is just the perfect amount for a fantasy story like this one.
Namali is a very shy girl who is scared to take risks and do what she wants for herself and I could connect with her so well on that. I used to never speak my mind or speak up when I was growing up. But like Namali we both found our way and who we are. There is a lot of violence and fighting in the story and some scenes were a bit too gruesome for my enjoyment but the action was so thrilling and I just had to keep reading. The setting was perfectly described and I could almost feel the sand and the heat of the desert. The story instantly had my attention from the beginning because of Warwick’s writing. It’s very detailed with descriptions and it’s beautiful.
This story is more than just a race to win a prize. Namali learns a lot through this journey about who she is and what she wants in life. She grows as a character, and as a reader that’s all I want from a story. For the characters to really learn something and to take that knowledge and apply it to their lives and grow for themselves.
I highly recommend this story if you like fantasy and a little bit of romance. I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed it and I think you will too!
This book is available to purchase as of today on September 18, 2018 and you can get a copy here.