THE SCORPIO RACES By Maggie Stiefvater [Review]
I got my hands on a copy of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater when I was at BEA (Book Expo America) back in May. Most readers know Maggie Stiefvater because of her two previous book series, Shiver and Lament, but this is the first book of hers that I had read and I had a hard time putting it down. In fact this was the book I read on the plane back back home from BEA, it just grabbed me from the beginning.
The Scorpio Races has a really beautiful and original story. It takes place on the island of Thisby where ever November, the Scorpio Races take place. However unlike regular horse races, in this race the riders ride capaill uisce – water horses, which can make the competition quite fatal for some.
Unfortunately for Puck Connolly a young girl who lives on the island, this year she will have to compete in the race. The only woman to ever do so and it won’t be easy.
And then there is nineteen year-old Sean Kendrick, the returning champion, who is entering the race once again this year.
I think one of the reasons why I enjoyed The Scorpio Races so much is because of the beautiful imagery about the water horses and the island itself.
Puck is such a strong character that I found myself rooting for her throughout the story. And Sean is of course a great mysterious character and while he is technically the love interest, that story is really secondary, in fact it’s really more about Puck and Sean as outsiders fighting for something rather than them falling for each other.
The fact that chapters alternate between Puck’s point of view and Sean was also a great way to not only discover more about each character little by little, but also moving the story along.
Overall, as I mentioned I really loved this book and I would recommend it to fans Maggie Stiefvater, but also to anyone who loves horses, stories about overcoming obstacles and inspiring stories.