The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater

Hardcover, 401 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press

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.
5/5 Stars!
This one would have so many more stars if it were possible. This was pretty much my perfect book and a definite favorite for 2011.

Now if I can just do a review about this book without being reduced to some kind of drooling, mindless creature, gushing "oh my gawd, this is the best book EVER", I'll count this as a win.

Seriously, the book is THAT GOOD.

Every time I heard about a book that was to be set in Ireland or Scotland and made reference to lore, this is the book I wanted, but never got. (Not to say anything bad about the other books...they were good...they just weren't THIS).

When I heard about The Scorpio Races, all I was told was that it was a book about a race featuring killer horses. At which point I thought "Huh... Cool!" and that was that. What it didn't say was that the book really wasn't centred around the race itself--I was picturing something like the hunger games, where the games itself were a huge part of the book--but about life on the island during the days and weeks leading up to the race. The race itself is only about five minutes, and while it's a huge important part of the story, the story itself is centred around Puck, the first girl to ever enter the races, and Sean, the reigning champion.

They both have their own reasons to enter, even though they know they might not survive, and that is the real heart of the story. Their interactions with the people in the town, and with eachother, were both heartbreaking and infuriating. The characters created by Stiefvater in this book were proabably the most REAL I've ever read.

The characters...the settings...the mythology...the relationships. I adored them all.

Maggie Stiefvater wrote a blog post, saying that The Scorpio Races was the book she was always meant to write.

I agree.

It was perfect.



  1. awesome review of this! Its good to hear the race is shorter-I envisioned a similar thing to you when I heard about it-so I'm glad to know I wont be going into this with misconceptions. I'm very excited to read it after seeing your thoughts.

    The Cait Files

  2. It was perfect?! I need this book now... Great review. You definitely conveyed your enthusiasm and if I had money I would buy this book. :)


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