Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races
Maggie Stiefvater
YA Fantasy/Historical
Published: 2011

Image: Goodreads
I'm so excited to finally read one of Maggie Stiefvater's books! I kept hearing her books were wonderful, but I wasn't that keen on reading a series about wolves (Wolves of Mercy Falls). With The Scorpio Races, we have a unique premise of an island with an annual race of water horses native only to the island. The race is exteremely dangerous, riders are often killed, and historically only open to men.

When Puck (Kate) Connolly loses her parents and her older brother threatens to move to the mainland, the family house and everything the Connolly's own,  including her beloved horse Dove, are at stake. The Scorpio Races award a monetary prize, and Puck enlists to save her family. She's continually harrassed because she's a girl. No one, not even her own family, supports her decision to enter the race. Her choice to race Dove, her own horse, rather than one of the giant water horses, further alienates her.

Meanwhile, Sean Kendrick, 4-time winner of the races, is torn between the control that betting men from the mainland have over the riders (much like the competitive and wealthy backgrounds of modern horse racing) and wanting to help Puck, who he feels kinship with (and maybe more...) having grown up with her on the island.

I listened to the audiobook version which is fantastic. Both narrators -- male and female -- sounded just right for the story. This is a fantasy full of adventure, family loyalty and courage. A really great read.


  1. I found your blog from the GUTGAA event. I couldn't resist checking out a few blogs before the event started and following them as well.

    Oh, good book review. I keep hearing about this author (one of my friends loves her) but I have never checked out her books. After reading your post I decided tht I need to give this author a go. Thank you for helping me find a new novel to read.

    Russo @

  2. Thanks! I've been busy with writing and the Write on Con forums over the past week, so I haven't visited any more blogs from the agent challenge just yet. thanks for stopping by!

  3. I've been meaning to pick up THE SCORPIO RACES (I even bought a copy!), but I still haven't found time. Your review reminds me that I MUST find time... maybe I'll even look into the audio version.

    Thanks so much for stopping by The Hiding Spot. Until you mentioned it, I hadn't realized just how similar Rusty and Tim Riggins are. Maybe that's why I had such a soft spot for him!


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