The Scorpio Races by: Maggie Stiefvater
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It happens at the start
of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of
their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some
riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a
young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried
deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio
Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the
competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared
for what is going to happen.
something magical about Maggie Stiefvater's writing. She has this
ability to capture my attention with her beautiful lyrical writing,
relatable characters and creative story telling. Much like her fey and
wolf series, Maggie has a talent for taking a well known lore and making
it her own. She does this by taking a mythology that's been around for
ages and gives it a fresh, unique, engaging re-telling that's all her
The Scorpio Races rich mythology is based on water horses, also
known as the capall uisce in this story. This deadly water horse is most
active in November, which the races are set around each year on the
island of Thisby, a prized thing to capture, if it's captured at all.
It's during this time that the men gather their best horses, some of
which they've captured from the ocean and learned to control, in hopes
of being crowned the winner. This race is one that not only requires
great strength, but a keen understanding of your surroundings, as the
stakes are high and not everyone lives to tell about it. One of the
unique things about Maggie's water horses is their ability to attack and
often time kill those who enter their waters.
Along with a heart pounding race is two alternating story lines from
four time Scorpio Race winner Sean Kendrick and Puck, also called Kate
who's the first girl to ever take part in these races. I really liked
the way Maggie not only brought these two characters together, but I
loved the way their relationship developed. Sean is the quiet, full of
wisdom type. He's also extremely intelligent when it comes to horses and
the water horses. He's not just a racer, but a horse trainer and the
partnership he has with his wildly tamed horse Corr was my favorite
relationship from this story. High fives to Kate! I loved this stubborn
girl who didn't let others phase her in her decision to take part in
what's known as a man's race. This girl can hold her own, despite the
crap she takes from some of the guys and her own personal reasons for
entering the race. It takes more than two great main characters to tell a
story and Maggie's included some fantastic secondary characters as
This is s story that's truly unique, I know I keep saying that, but I
can't compare it to anything else I've read. Maggie does such a suburb
job with her fantasy. She brings a story to life that has this timeless
feel to it. I love it when a story feels that way. I also like that she
wasn't afraid to tackle the issues of gender, class structure and I
loved the theme of loyalty which went for both the human friendships and
the relationships they had with their horses. This story has a lot of
great elements to it and it's truly a great fantasy read. There's
danger, adventure, family relationships, friendships, a subtle romance,
mild violence, a breath taking setting and an element of magic to it.
This is a story I'd definitely recommend to readers 13 years and older.