Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races is as complicated and arresting as the autumn sea. The strange, almost mystical setting of Thisby is very set apart, both physically from the rest of the world, and in time. It has its own unique history with the capaill uisce that wash ashore every year, and as a result, its own culture where it is acceptable, even honorable, to ride in the deadly races, even at a young age. Yet Puck, who is female, is discouraged and sabotaged nearly every step of the way. But she doesn't give up—she's fiercely protective when it comes to her family, and she'd do anything for her brothers, even if riding in the races isn't the smartest thing to do. She's a very observant character, and is constantly looking for ways to educate and better herself, with a little humor and a lot of courage. Sean is similar to Puck in his courage and dedication to what he loves, in this case, is capall uisce, Cor. He may be a loner who doesn't have much to say to other people, but he is also very intelligent and he doesn't miss much. The tentative alliance between Puck and Sean, followed by friendship, then romance, was paced perfectly. They form a strong bond, and are tested when each has a compelling reason to win the races in which there can only be one victor. The story is told back and forth between the points of view of both Sean and Puck, giving the reader a wide look at the politics of Thisby, the iron grip that the Malverns hold on Thisby, and all of the drama of the upcoming races. The Scorpio Races is a very dangerous, very compelling, and heart-pounding book that will make you never look at an autumn shoreline the same way again.
Cover Comments: This cover reminds me of ancient drawing on the side of a cliff, which actually do appear in the book! I love the red of the cover (it makes me think of one of the horses, Corr) and the font of the title! Very simple, yet very cool!
ARC picked up at Scholastic event!