Monday, February 6, 2012
The Scorpio Races
Every November the capaille uisce, mythical water horses, rise from the sea. They are thirsty for blood and difficult to control, so there is no better test of manhood than to harness them and race them down the beach. The prize is also the best way to earn money on Thisby.
No one has won more races than Sean Kendrick, but this year, the stakes are higher. Likewise, Kate "Puck" Connolly is desperate to win, and as the first female to ever enter, the odds are stacked against her. I don't want to say anything more about the plot, because this is a novel that I insist everyone reads.
Sean and Puck are probably two of my favorite characters in a long time. They are both prickly outcasts and slow to warm up to, but once they are in your heart, they sit there and burn. Stiefvater alternates between their perspectives and I both loved and hated the switches, because I wanted more of each of them. Unlike in other novels (ahem, Across the Universe), we don't get both of their perspectives on a situation, so when I wasn't reading, I was thinking about how Sean might have seen things. To use a title from another Stiefvater novel, this one lingers.
Put down whatever you're doing and go get The Scorpio Races. Then call me so we can gush.
Posted by Miss K at 12:00 AM