Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 18th 2011
Author Website
Available: Amazon|Barnes and Noble

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.

My Take:

From the moment you pick this up you get this feeling like the journey has finally begun. Sean Kendrick has won 4 races prior to this race and Puck Connolly has never even raced. It wasn't about racing for these two it was about the journey that it took to get to the race. I loved being able to have booth view points because Sean is so different than Puck. Understanding these two was the best journey that I've ever taken.

Riding on a capall uisce is a journey itself, with talent to win its no doubt that last years champion shouldn't win. Never in any year has their been a girl to participate in a race that usually is the death of some of the racers. Puck knows what she faces and understands why she is racing if only men can be smarter and understand that not all would join freely.

While on this journey I've gained some insight on true bravery and also the meaning of any kind of racing. If the heart is in it than the rest will follow.This is the first horse story I've ever read and this legend is the stuff usually whispered around camp fires and it gave me that in order for a journey to take place you have to put in the effort to get their. Many thanks the author for this brilliant masterpiece and also for giving us the best bedtime story about the water horses.

5/5 stars

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