Book Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

scorpioracesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Published by Scholastic on April 1, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 435 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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 choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.


 Well, I should have freaking known Maggie Stiefvater would steal my heart again. The Scorpio Races was everything I could have hoped for and yet so much more. The story of Puck Connolly, Sean Kendrick, and the races held me utterly captivated and everything about it, from the atmospheric setting to the struggle to survive, was captured perfectly. It’s hard to believe but I’d rank it right up there with The Raven Cycle.

Puck Connolly radiates strength despite not always having the answers, taking matters into her own hands for her brothers’ sake while Sean Kendrick is so unassuming, holding this quiet power within and a love for Corr that is so endearing. The two of them have similar passion but entirely different perspectives and I loved discovering their inner workings. Finn and George Holly also stood out to me especially in their roles supporting Puck and Sean respectively.

It felt as if I was standing on the cliffs with Puck and Sean, the sea breeze pulling at my hair, the smell of fish pungent in the air. Such vivid imagery of capaill uisce bursting from the waves as if they belong in between the water and land. Thisby is bursting with life, thriving on the races, but its inhabitants still struggle with the every day. Stiefvater has such an uncanny way of creating strange settings that blur the lines between real life and fiction and it’s one of my favorite things about her books.

This story left me a complete emotional wreck and I didn’t even see it coming. A slow, steady writing pace let everything build until a breaking point and then it all came crashing in around me. The struggle between surviving and getting what you want seeped into my bones and I could understand so well the ache to have what you need. Not to mention the realization that it may not happen how you pictured it really struck home.

Overall I absolutely adored The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. She writes in such a way that the little things hold so much weight and it hits the reader so profoundly. I fell in love with the characters, setting, and, of course, the epic woven tale. Honestly everyone should read this book and I think it will appeal to an even wider audience than any of her other ones.

So have you read The Scorpio Races? What character stood out to you the most? Would you want to live on an island with water horses? Let me know in the comments below!

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