Some race to win. Others race to survive. 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 choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.
In her closing notes, Stiefvater (the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy) calls this a book "about killer horses" terrifying faerie creatures that eat meat and seek to drown humans and, in virtually the same breath, says that it "isn't really about water horses." She's right on both counts. On the island of Thisby, the Scorpio Races are held every November, when the driven or the crazy ride the beaches on the backs of these mounts. Sean Kendrick does it for love, winning year after year on the stallion Corr; Puck Connolly, pitting her ordinary horse against the killers, does it out of desperation, to win money to keep her home and to earn respect from her older brother, who threatens to desert the family. Stiefvater's narration is as much about atmospherics as it is about event, and the water horses are the environment in which Sean and Puck move, allies and rivals to the end. It's not a feel-good story dread, loss, and hard choices are the islanders' lot. As a study of courage and loyalty tested, however, it is an utterly compelling read. Ages 13 up.
This book is incredible. They writing is well done, the characters captivating, and the story riveting. I have always loved the myth of the Kelpie, but this took it to a whole new lovely level. I love horses, and I love a strong female lead. This is beautifully done and I want to read it over and over again.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
One word.. STUPENDOUS!
No other book is like this
The best book I have ever read. The well-constructed sentences, the flow of words... it left me astonished. I kept saying: “I can’t believe I just read this beautiful sentence”.