Release date: October 18, 2011
Pages: 404 (hardcover)
Interest: flesh eating horses
Author of: Shiver, Linger, Forever, Ballad, and Lament
Summary (from Goodreads.com)
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.
"It's the first day of November and so, today, someone will die."
-opening line from the Scorpio Races
November 1st is the annual day of the Scorpio Races where men ride water horses hungry for their flesh and that of the other racers. Let the races begin!
A great retelling of water horse mythology. You love them, or at least love Corr, and have a very healthy fear of them at the same time. The story is told from the point of view of Puck (Kate) and Sean. Both are entered in the races and have their own reasons for needing to win. Both are somewhat on the fringes of Thisby society. Friendship starts, romance blossoms, now all they have to do is survive and win the races. Only problem: only one of them can win.
My new favorite by Maggie Stiefvater: no swearing, no sex, just bloodthirsty horses and an interesting cast of characters.
Parental Approval 10/10
Grade: 96% A