July 24, 2014
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
On the island of Thisby, cool temperatures bring a nip to the air and the ocean water. But that isn’t all it brings.
Farmers count their stock every morning. Mothers keep their children close to home. And any business that takes a person to the beach is a bit more dangerous than usual. The water horses emerge from the sea, sometimes hungry for a run. Other times hungry for blood and flesh.
Riding a water horse is like nothing else — fast, breath taking and potentially deadly. Sean Kendrick has won the race but if he can win it again this year, he will be the owner of the water horse that he himself trained. Not bad for a poor orphan who owns little more than his boots and his coat.
But Puck Connolly needs to win the race. The money is the only way that she can save her parent’s home and, if the rides, her older brother will stay on the island a few more weeks before he leaves to find a job on the mainland.
I’m not going to say much more about the plot. Sean and Puck can’t both win but they strike up a friendship that builds into something more. Sean is driven to win, it is the only way he will ever own this amazing horse, but he’s equally driven to keep Puck safe even if it means putting himself in harms way — more so than usually happens when you are riding a man eating beast of bone and magic.
As always, Stiefvater has pulled together an amazingly complex story with characters you will love and characters you will loathe. The story is based loosely on the myths of the Celtic water horses but Stiefvater admits to discarding the parts that just don’t work for her story, or any story she could imagine.
The plot runs fast, tensions run high as the water horses pound their way down the beach of Thisby.