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.
I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but the concept was interesting and I enjoy Maggie Stiefvater’s blog so I thought to give it a go.
The characters seemed all very realistic to me. I enjoyed that this was an unique idea and that I couldn’t find very many cliche parts to it. There were some funny parts and some sad parts. Sean seemed like a good guy and I liked him. I loved him and his horse, Corr, I think his name was and I hated the bad guys.
The world was very realistic, complete with its own legends and traditions that are very similar to ancient celtic or Irish traditions. The part with the Americans is interesting although I was never really sure where exactly this island is. I just know that its set somewhere in the real world.
I’m also not sure what time period its in because there’s really no mention of anything real modern. I suspect its sometime in the 20th century because it had a car in it, but beyond that, I wasn’t sure. In a way it bugged me, but in a way it didn’t because I like the modern, yet not really modern feel to it.
The plot was slow in some parts but packed with emotion and interesting things. The ending was exciting and fun, and the absolute ending is my favorite. The story has this nice feel to it that isn’t super intense like some books, but one that keeps you reading.
I enjoyed the fantasy part to it -the water horses- and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed seeing them because this is the first book I’ve seen with them in it. While most people do vampires and fallen angels, Maggie Stiefvater beats them all with her water horses.
Overall, I really enjoyed it.
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