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The Scorpio Races Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand new, heart-stopping novel.
With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff--with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.
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I'm also an award-winning colored pencil artist, play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), and recently acquired a race car.
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THE SCORPIO RACES stands out as Stiefvater's most well-written book to date. Her writing remains beautiful and evocative, and it does so this time without ever feeling overdone. She constructs a palpable sense of mood and place using her words, and the characters have authentic personalities and motivations based on what's shared about their pasts. Certain emotional and haunting scenes have stayed with me long after I finished, and I got goosebumps while reading more times than I could count. As a standalone novel, the story was satisfying and complete in itself, and the aching closing scene had me thinking about it for days. Other strong points of the novel included its unique water horse mythology (which was explained well without too much telling) and the focus on the strengths of Sean and Puck and the meaningful relationship each had with his or her horse.Read more ›
On a small Irish island, there is a special race every November. Many men and boys ride the capaill uisce (pronounced "copple ooshka") -- the swift, beautiful, bloodthirsty water horses, which want to either drown their riders or eat their flesh. They often succeed.
Puck is the first girl to ever enter the race, but terrible memories make her reluctant to accept a capall uisce, so she decides to ride her land mare, Dove. If she doesn't win, she and her brothers will lose their home. Sean Kendrick is a boy with a special knack with the capaill uisce. He catches, trains and sometimes kills the water horses, and no one knows their ways better than he does.
But as the race approaches, both the young riders are confronted by terrible problems -- the entire village is opposed to Puck racing, and Sean clashes with his cold, cruel employer over a prize stallion. And even as Sean and Puck grow closer, they begin to fall in love... but only one of them can possibly win the race.
"The Scorpio Races" is a story rich with Irish atmosphere -- salt spray, grey stones, ancient rituals and a tradition reaching back further than memory. And unlike most teen fantasies, this one doesn't have supernatural creatures who look like sexy teenage boys -- the capaill uisce are violent, wild beasts who crave blood and the sea, evoking both terror and awe.Read more ›
The Scorpio Races was unlike anything I've read all year. Not only in terms of the story but mostly in the way that it was written. Maggie Stiefvater has a way with words. Her beautiful prose and luxurious writing style are second to none. If you've read Shiver, then you know what I'm talking about. The Scorpio Races' writing was so refined and so exquisite and yet, I don't think that many people will enjoy this read as much as I did. And it saddens me to say that because I really did love this book.
This book is not one for someone who is looking for a great love story where the characters are made for each other; where they pine for each other throughout the entire book. It is not an angsty read and if you're looking for a "romance novel", this is not it. It IS, however, a wonderful journey and although it may start out rather slow and confusing, once you're aware of what is going on you'll be dying to find out how it all ends.
I think I would recommend this for older YA readers, just because the characters are a little bit older and mature. It might be hard for a 12 year old to connect to the story. Also, it's hard to say "if you liked this book, then you might like The Scorpio Races" so instead I'll say if you're looking for a good story and aren't looking for romance, then you'd enjoy this one.
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Characters are very likable. Ending is unpredictable. Engaging blend of fantasy and mythology in a contemporary setting. Would recommend as a choice book for 9th graders.Published 1 day ago by RHPD
Good story that hooks you straight away- interesting premise and I did enjoy the writer's storytelling. Would enjoy reading more of her booksPublished 1 day ago by Leslie A Jones
Thus novel sweeps you away to a world that is at once believable and fantastical. The characters are well crafted and develop in a deeply satisfying manner.Published 12 days ago by kait
When I began reading I was not captured straight away but it wasn't long before I was very disappointed that the book wasn't longer! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Horses (predator horses!), a race and pair of young riders trying to survive. Count me in! I love this book very much, it just has everything I like, moderate romance, exciting... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Emily Olivieri
A story that has been told before in a way that its never been told. Disturbing at times which kept me hookedPublished 20 days ago by Deborah P
I have seen this book around and wasn't sure if it was something that I wanted to read. It went on sale and I finally decided to buy it, and I am happy that I did! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Alyssa
Has now become my favorite book. It has such an excellent blend of realistic and fantastic elements that you cannot help wanting to keep turning the pages until the end.Published 1 month ago by chelsea hogan
I had to read this book for my college class and was dreading it. Soon I got got so hooked I couldn't put it down.Published 1 month ago by Kaydee Jones