By Maggie Stiefvater
Available October 2011
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
First thing you need to know, water horses are not like regular horses. Water horses are large, fast, and they come out of the sea. Most importantly, you should be very afraid because water horses will eat you.
Sean and Puck are both characters that pull at you. Sean is alone in the world, even though he grew up on the island and everyone knows him. Puck comes from a close family who has always been there for each other. Yet they both have a love for the island they call home that many people don’t understand, even those who choose to stay on island.
When Puck signs up for the race hoping to save her family and her home, she doesn’t know what to expect. She knows it’s possible she could die, as many have before her, but she has faith in her horse. She complicates the races by refusing to back down when the men don’t wish to have a female involved, and further complicates them by riding a land pony instead of a water horse.
Sean thinks Puck is asking to die being out on the beach with her pony. Yet for some reason he stands up for her. He even offers her a chance to ride a water pony he had intended to set free. As they train for the races together he doesn’t know what he feels for her, only that he wants to help her and be with her.
Everyone can see that Sean and Puck feel something for each other before either of them knows what to call the curiosity they have for each other. Everyone warns them away as well, but since neither of them really think there is anything going on, they do not listen.
I love the way Sean and Puck are so different, yet so similar. They’re both strong characters who refuse to run away, even when the odds are against them. They both have reasons they need to win the race instead of only surviving it, yet this doesn’t put them into competition with each other. Instead if brings them together.
I don’t have words for how much I enjoyed this book without going into details that I’m trying to not spoil for you. I didn’t realize going in that these horses were carnivorous horses, I suppose I assumed water horses were similar to the ones in Misty (Chincoteague ponies, I had to look it up) since those ponies swim, etc etc. But they’re not. They are actually horses that come out of the water. And they happen to eat people, sheep, whatever they find.
If you’re like me and want to grab this book because you’ve read Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series and loved it… do it. You’ll Love this book too. If you’re looking into this book because the description sounds amazing to you, just keep in mind these are Not Regular Horses and know that this book is amazing anyway. It isn’t about the horses, it’s really a story about Sean and Puck and it’s one for the keeper shelf.