The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

There is a reason why I love this author.  Her talent and imagination are over powering.  I have read her Shiver Trilogy and it was fabulous! This is one of her new books, by the end of the book I couldn’t tell if I wanted to cry or shout for joy! I highly recommend everyone checks out this book and this author!

This story is loosely based on the legend of the Capall Uisce (pronounced CaPple Ishka), the water horse.  Maggie took her own spin on the legend for this captivating story.

The Scorpio Races take place on the tiny, fictional island called Thisby. Every November, water horses emerge from the black ocean and gallop the beach beneath the cliffs of Thisby. They are hungry for blood and flesh. And each November, men capture these horses for a thrilling and deadly race.

Both Sean Kendrick, four time champion, and Kate “Puck” Connolly, newcomer to the races, will ride this year, and both of them have more to gain — or lose — than in any previous year. But only one can win.

“Puck” chooses to ride her own horse.  Not one of the Capall Uisce’s captured from the sea.  She uses it to her advantage.  The water horses are drawn to the salty sea, as the races are right on the beach, many get distracted and plunge back into their ocean home, sometimes bringing along their riders. The water horses are brutal creatures, but also show a different side, once trained away from the tide.

In the end, sometimes winning the race becomes not so important.  It’s the loyalty of an half animal, half beast and those who stand by your side.

This was such a captivating story, I felt like I was there on the beach, riding along side the Capall Uisce, the smell of the sea and magical scent of the water horses as they tore into each others sides trying to win the race. Watching as they plunged into the ocean where they truly belonged. Utterly Amazing!

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