Monday, February 6, 2012

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races is a book as harsh and lonely as its setting, the fictional island of Thisby. Maggie Stiefvater sets a remarkable tone for the novel, so that the reader feels the November winds and the gnawing desires of the characters. There is a feeling of foreboding that hangs over The Scorpio Races, and strangely, I miss it now that it's gone.

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.

4 comments:

  1. What a fun last line for your review!

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  2. Yes! So, so, so good! I'm still torn about the end though... I almost hated it, but then Corr saved it :)

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  3. Oh wow, I have seen this book around but never really knew what it was about. sadly, I have not read any Maggie Stiefvater title as yet, and I'm glad to know about your site so that I can check out your other reviews. Looks like we have a lot of things in common, Miss K!!! :)

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  4. Thanks, Myra! I spent so much time today on your website. I am a new fan.

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