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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y REI (Text) 33500013189022 New Checked out 06/01/2020
Hawley Public Library Y REI (Text) 33500013189030 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593119174
  • ISBN: 0593119177
  • ISBN: 9780593119181
  • ISBN: 0593119185
  • Physical Description: 358 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2020]

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"Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, they've raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest. Centuries of blood and fire carved their competition into a more modern spectacle: The Races. Over the course of a multi-day event, elite riders from clashing cultures vie to be crowned champion. But the modern version of the sport requires more than good riding. Competitors must be skilled at creating and controlling phoenix horses made of ash and alchemy, which are summoned back to life each sunrise with uniquely crafted powers to cover impossible distances and challenges before bursting into flames at sunset. But good alchemy only matters if a rider knows how to defend their phoenix horse at night. Murder is outlawed, but breaking bones and poisoning ashes? That's all legal and encouraged. In this year's Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the rest--a champion's daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary's son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?"

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Each year, the entire Ashlord Empire turns its attention to the Races, a multiday event in which a dozen teenage alchemists riding phoenix horses compete in a brutal display of strength, strategy, and magic—sometimes with the help of gods. Horses burst into flames at sunset, leaving contestants to protect the ashes (and themselves) from sabotage until daybreak, when they summon their steeds back to race another day. Three of this year's riders race for more than the prize money: the daughter of two legendary Ashlord champions; a scholarship entrant from an oppressed people; and a revolutionary's son from a seceded nation. The main characters are well cast and equally compelling in their pursuits of glory, justice, and freedom. The world building is at times unclear—burner phones and viral videos appear alongside carriages and candles—and the use of second-person narration for one of the three characters could throw (or thrill) some readers. Despite the story's similarities to The Hunger Games and The Scorpio Races, Reintgen (Nyxia, 2018) mostly manages to avoid being derivative in this duology opener that promises a war-filled sequel. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Scott Reintgen is the author of the Nyxia Triad series and the middle-grade novel Saving Fable. He is a former teacher in the North Carolina public school system and is always trying to write books for the deserving students who he had the honor of teaching. Currently, he lives in North Carolina, surviving mostly on cookie dough, his son's smiles, and the love of his wife, Katie. You can follow him on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter at @Scott_Thought.

Subject: Alchemy > Fiction.
Racing > Fiction.
Animals, Mythical > Fiction.
Phoenix (Mythical bird) > Fiction.
Horses > Fiction.
Alchemy > Fiction.
Racing > Fiction.
Horses > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Fantasy fiction.

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