12 June 2012

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.

This book worked for me on so many levels. It was a great fantasy story about horses, it was a strong story about a girl who has the drive and determination to be the first girl to join an all-male sport, and it’s a touching love story. The world developed around the capaill uisce is believable and the mythology is interesting and enriches the story.  Stiefvater makes the characters so vivid you feel as if you know them and want to know more about them. The entire book seemed flawless, and I feel as if the words were song they were so poetic. I felt as if I was reading an epic like Beowulf or the story behind some ancient Celtic song. I had no problems with the switching points of view, and it was nice to see the emotions and inner thoughts of both characters. It made the build of the romance that much nicer and more realistic as well as solidifying the characters of both Sean and Puck. Though the romance was quieter, less hearts-on-fire than most YA romances I felt it was very realistic and a lot closer to adult relationships (or at least my relationship). Puck and Sean were both well developed, and I really liked how Sean was a helper and supporter of Puck, not a doormat or a dominator. I hope this book will stand as an example of a strong relationship for other books to strive for.

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