Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I've had The Scorpio Races in my to-read list since it first came out, since I loved Maggie Stiefvater's other books so much: Shiver, Linger, and Forever, a YA trilogy that features a unique take on werewolves.  Of course a book about fantastical horses caught my interest (I love horses and have two of my own), but, sadly, it still took me a while to get around to reading this book.  My wish list is most definitely bigger than my free time.

When I finally found time to read it, though, The Scorpio Races definitely didn't disappoint.  The book is about two young people, Kate "Puck" Connolly and Sean Kendrick, both orphans, who find themselves racing against one another in their island's annual Scorpio Races, races that use the dangerous water horses that come out of the sea every November.  These are terrifying, carnivorous predators, not the prey horses that we know in our world, though they have those too.  Many people on the island get killed by water horses every year: Both of Puck's parents were killed by water horses, and Sean's dad (his only parent left, after his mother abandoned them for the mainland) died while riding in the races when Sean was a kid.

Both Puck and Sean have a lot to lose if they don't win the races -- Puck will lose her home, while Sean will lose the thing he loves most.  And as you've probably guessed, their budding relationship throws a new and unexpected element into the races.  The Scorpio Races is not only a well-written, unique, and imaginative fantasy, but also a sweet love story.  You won't have to be horse crazy to love this book, but it sure won't hurt if you are!

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