The Scorpio Races

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!!!


About bookishblurb

YA writer. Jedi. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger, and avid collector of book boyfriends.

One response »

  1. sugaropal says:

    I’ve always loved horses (had a horse during my teen years) and I love the ocean too. I think of kelpies when there are rolling breakers at the beach where I walk nearly every day. Hope you get to meet Maggie!

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