The Scorpio Races By, Maggie Stiefvater
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.
Let me start by saying that when I finished this book I wanted to take to the streets and tell the masses how wonderful it was. Screaming from mountain tops didn't seem effective enough. I devoured this book, and cried when I finished it. I wanted it to go on forever. In my opinion this is the best book Maggie Stiefvater has written. And I have read every single one of her books.
The mixture of mythical and real horses, the legends, the gorgeous location she paints for your mind, and the deepness of the characters all come together seamlessly. Sean Kendrick has got to be my favorite character. Not only in this book, but in all her books. The relationship that grows between Puck and Sean is genuine and mature. The issues she touches on are many. From rising above your station in life, to equality, to loss, and on to redemption. This is the most grown up of all her books.
Kate Connoly (Puck) is an orphan girl on the verge of womanhood. She has spent the last few years taking care of her younger brother, and watching out for her older one from the shadows. She is committed to keeping her family together. When she finds out that her older brother wants to leave for the mainland she decides to ride in the annual Scorpio Races. Mainly to get his attention. When she is visited by the richest man on the island, who holds the deed to her late parents house, she finds out that her winning is even more important than persuading her brother to stay. She needs the money to save her family's home.
Sean Kendrick knows both the pain and the joy of the Scorpio Races. He has won them four times. They also claimed the life of his father. He has spent his whole life working to train horse, mainstream ones, as well as the deadly capaill uisce. (The mythical water horses that rise from the ocean every October and bring the races to the island.) He wants nothing more than to win this year and buy the stallion he loves and quit the races forever. But when he sees Puck on the beach with her island pony the stakes raise. He finds himself drawn to her will and tenacity. The two form an unlikely friendship that slowly blossoms into more. Bring them both outside their own closely guarded worlds.
I have to stop there or I will defiantly give the rest away. And I want people to read this book for themselves. This book is one that will stay with you long after you read it. Maggie Stiefvater has proven once again she is a force to be reckoned with in the YA world. But this book could transition nicely past that moniker. It is an amazing tale. I can not say enough good about this book. Go buy it, because it is staying on my shelf forever.
About the author
You can find Maggie on her web site: http://www.maggiestiefvater.com
(I purchased and read the e-book for this review and was not compensated in anyway)