Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: October 18th, 2011 by Scholastic Press

Read:  January 20th, 2012

Pages: 409-Hardcover


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.

What I thought:

I loved Maggie’s Shiver series, so reading this was definitely a must.

Every November, men capture and try to train water Horses that come out of the ocean water, to compete in a race for fame and money among other things. These horses are bigger and faster, are always drawn to the ocean, and oh yeah they kill people.

The story centers around Puck, a girl who loves to her brothers and her riding horse Dove, and Sean, who has a special relationship with his red horse, Corr, a capall uisce. The story changes to their individual perspective through the book, with Sean being the champion, and Puck having entered for the first time, for personal reasons. Only problem is, women don’t race, only the men do, and they only do it on the water horses, not the normal land ones like Puck decides to.

The writing for this was really good, getting to know about the troubles of both Puck and Sean’s life, what drives them to race, and how they meet each other. I liked the idea of it as well with the water horses, it felt new, and the characters were so full of energy I just loved reading about them. The build up to the end was worth every second, I wasn’t sure who was going to win the race.

I definitely suggest you try this book out, even if you haven’t read any of the author’s other books.

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