I am SO excited about this book!! Maggie Stiefvater has my respect. I did read Shiver, Linger, and Forever, and I did enjoy them, but THIS… this is so much better. Suffice it to say, I LOVED this book. The Scorpio Races was SO gripping – I couldn’t put it down (and was mad when I had to). The characters were multifaceted and the premise was thrilling.
Every year, the Scorpio Races are held at the beginning of November. Fast and deadly, riders race along the shore, battling to keep their water horses from returning to the sea or tearing each other (and their riders) to bits.
Puck Connolly is a plucky, stubborn, and brave scrap of a girl. Orphaned, she and her two brothers are just getting by. Puck enters the race for “Personal Reasons” (as she tells everyone who asks), but she has very little idea of what she’s getting into. Puck just wants to avoid losing the people and places that make up her home. It’s to her credit that she is stubborn and courageous, as she is the first girl ever to ride in the Races. Not everyone is happy at the change.
Sean Kendrick has won the race four times and rides like no other. He understands the water horses (Capaill uisce) seemingly better than anyone else on the island. He is a quiet young man who lives for ‘his’ horses – one in particular. Sean has his own reasons for racing, the water horse, Corr, first among them.
Puck and Sean are drawn together by the races, but may get more out of them than anticipated.
The water horses are terrifying – they come from the sea, breaking free of the surf as autumn comes. Bloodthirsty, wild beasts, they are savage and tricky. Hard to capture and even harder to master, these are no ordinary horses.
The island needs the races (and the tourists and money they generate) – but the capaill uisce come with a bloody cost.
On-the-edge-of-your-seat reading, this book sweeps you up in the lives of Puck and Sean as they train and prepare for the races, find each other, and find what it is that they are looking for.
I highly highly highly recommend this!!!
5 / 5.
Go read it. Seriously.