So, you might be wondering why I’m reviewing The Scorpio Races and not Maggie’s latest offering of awesome, The Raven Boys. Well, if you’re sitting comfortably I shall tell you. I fell in love with The Scorpio Races a million years ago, before I had a blog and place to write a review. Then a couple of days ago I found out that Maggie is coming to Manchester at the end of March. Manchester is like, a hop, skip and a jump away from where I dwell. Anywho, I thought what better way to celebrate Maggie’s Manchester visit than reviewing one of my all time favorite stories. See, it all makes sense.
Truth. I originally bought this book because my horse loving, thirteen-year-old inner self went all melted-heart-grabby-hands over the cover. Pretty, right?
The Scorpio Races is a YA fantasy that tells the story of orphan and horse enthusiast, Puck.
Every year on Skarmouth beach, thousands gather to watch the Scorpio Races; a race across the sand on the backs of water horses, aka the capaill uisce (pronounced CAP-ul ISH-kuh). These horses rise from the water and are wild, blood thirsty animals. One might say it’s less of a race and more of battle to keep as many limbs as you can.
Puck enters the race in a misguided attempt to keep what’s left of her family together. Thankfully, strong, silent and seasoned capaill uisce wrangler, Sean, takes a shine to Puck and decides to mentor her so that she might, at least, finish the race alive.
There is a side of romance with this story. It’s a slow burner, loaded with tension and will they or won’t they moments, but it’s a subplot and doesn’t cloud up the main reason we’re all here; to witness the the Scorpio races in full swing.
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is beautiful. This character driven story never loses pace. Maggie builds a detailed world and creates a cast of characters that stay with you long after you’ve read the last page. Also you guys…WATER HORSES!!!