From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand new, heartstopping novel. 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.
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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”.
LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
This book is amazing, and is officially my favorite book in the world. I loved all the excitement and action of the the plot. Stiefvater us the best author in the world, and I absolutely hope there will be a sequel!😄😄😄😜
This is Going to be a Long Review 😊
So, I just want to start out by saying this review is going to be long, but knowing how popular Maggie's other works are, I know people are going to see this and think "Is it as good?" And the answer, my dear friends, is that it is so, SO much better. This book is enchantingly dangerous, calm in its descriptions of the extremely bloodthirsty water horses even though the danger of the water horses presence is an urgent threat. It's the kind of seemingly quiet tale with so many questions lurking below the surface. First off, I just finished the Scorpio Races a few days ago after reading it at the library. I came without my library card and discovered her novels. Scorpio was the only one not a series and I wanted to finish it then, so I picked it up after reading like 2 chapters of the first Raven Cycle book. I was immediately drawn into the world Maggie created, an imaginary island called Thisby located near England, Scotland, Ireland etc. The words she uses are so descriptive and beautiful, it's hard for me in my oh-so-limited vocabulary to describe it. But this book is a masterpiece. It doesn't roughly grab you and engulf you in action, language, or excessive romance. Instead it steadily draws you in with its descriptions of the island, the feelings developing between Puck and Sean, and most importantly, the capaill uische (hope I'm spelling that right), the bloodthirsty yet beautiful water horses that swim from the Atlantic onto the shore of Thisby and are captured, tamed, and trained for the yearly, legendary Scorpio Races. Puck is a girl who lost both parents and is about to lose her older brother as well, and Sean, is an orphan who works for an internationally famous Thoroughbred farm. One note- if you aren't a horse, or even animal person, you will not like this book. The whole premise of this book is preparing and then racing in a HORSE race. So it's got tons of horse stuff in it. But I actually own a wild island pony (from an island herd in Virginia) myself so I absolutely loved the wild, almost untrainable nature of the water horses. Puck is a feisty, yet honest heroine who I loved from the start. Her quest to save her house and keep her brother from moving to the mainland was such a noble quest, and it appealed to me greatly. The fact that she rides in the races, AND on her own horse, Dove, is incredible and extremely brave. I'm not sure if I could do that. However, Sean was the book-stealer for me. His "horse-whisperer" ways with the water horses and just his whole personality drew me in. The parts where he narrated were the best. Ok, I know this review has been really long, so if you've made it to here I want to say thank you for taking the time to here me long rant. And let me say, compared to the first book in Maggie's Shiver series, Scorpio Races is INFINITELY better. More description, less boring romance. Not that Shivers romance is boring, in there just, you know, SO MUCH of it. Nuff said. Hope you enjoyed my review and will now read the book! Seriously, read it. Go rent it from your library if your cheap like me.