Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: Scholastic, 2011
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
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4.5 out of 5 stars
The Scorpio Races follows the lives of Kate ‘Puck’ Connolly, Sean Kendrick and the people of Thisby. Each October to November water horses – the cappaill uisce – return to Thisby and this time every year the Scorpio Races take place, where not everyone will come out alive. This year something unprecedented happens: Puck enters the race, the first girl to ever take part. Both Puck and Sean are fighting to hold on to what is dear to them, but in the process find something they didn’t expect: each other.
This masterpiece has rendered me speechless, unable to formulate sentences as to why I love this book – I’ll try to formulate those words that elude me. Where do I begin… The first book I read by Maggie Stiefvater was The Raven Boys and I came to adore this series; The Scorpio Races is the ‘second’ book I’ve now read by this author and I can’t help notice how she infuses magic into every day life.
In the beginning I was unsure of how much I liked this book; was I loving it? How much did I like it? It wasn’t that I wasn’t enjoying it, it’s just that I couldn’t quite make my mind up, but then…something happened: like magic, it took hold of me. I couldn’t even tell you when this started to happen; at some point, I became hooked and couldn’t stop reading. It called to me like the ocean calls to the cappaill uisce. It very subtly reels you in, takes hold and doesn’t let go.
Two things which I love are present in TSR: horses and magic. The tale of water horses is fascinating and the interwoven magic surrounding them and the town is interesting to read about. What I truly loved though are the relationships. The sweet but difficult relationships between siblings, the love between horse and man and the slow developing friendship/romance. This book at times broke my heart when it looked like Corr and Sean’s time together was threatened. Their bond was beautiful and moving and a joy to read.
THIS IS HOW A ROMANCE SHOULD BE DONE! I couldn’t help but love Puck and Sean. The book is slow and their relationship is slow developing, but this is what makes it so wonderful. It’s real and raw and isn’t the sole focus of the book. The book is a love letter, encompassing many kinds of love and I love that the romance isn’t the sole focus. I’m bursting with love for this book but have no idea how to articulate it…and that, I think, is actually how you know it’s a special kind of book.
“‘This island runs on courage, not blood,’ he says.”
“The tourists always seem to want something. On Thisby, it’s less about wanting, and more about being.”
“None of them made me who I am.”
“But mostly I think about the way he looks at me – with respect – and I think that’s probably worth more than anything.”
“I’m quite happy for the smile, because Dad told me once you should be grateful for the gifts that are the rarest.”
“‘I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.’
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, ‘It’s late for that, Puck.'”