Monday, 6 February 2012

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis (From the Waterstones Website)

 Every November, the Scorpio Races are run beneath the chalk cliffs of Skarmouth. Thousands gather to watch the horses and the sea that washes the blood from the sand. The mounts are capaill uisce: savage water horses. There are no horses more beautiful, more fearless, more deadly. To race them can be suicide but the danger is irresistible.

What I Have to Say 

I've loved absolutely everything that Stiefvater has written so far. She has a way with words that few authors have. The Scorpio Races is something really special. It contains in it a few pieces of writing that you just have to read aloud and share with anyone who'll listen. That includes you so listen up: 

"This last exclamation is because we've just got to a high point where we can see the ocean and the area around us. The land is perilous, low cliffs, cracked and cut deeply into the green pasture and then suddenly empty air and then pasture again. Below us and beyond us, the sea is whitecaps and foam and black rocks like teeth. A busy sea." 
This is such a wonderful piece of description of the sea, a central part of the plot. It shows its beauty and it's danger without slowing down the pace or being extraneous. 

I really, really loved every moment and every component of this book so I highly recommend it. 


  1. I adore Maggie Steifvater too. Have you heard about her new series that she's just announced? It's called The Raven Boys - looks excellent.

  2. This has definitely made me want to read this! :-P

  3. I know this post has been up for a while but I've only just found the website and had to add my love for this book. I'm really into horses which is why I was interested in this and the way Maggie describes the anger of the sea horses (can remember the proper name) is fantastic! I also liked how it wasn't a love story, the attraction between the main characters took a back seat to the story which I thought was very clever writing :) I now really want to read this again.

    1. Don't worry about it! I love every comment that I get no matter how old the post < 3

      And I agree with everything you've said. Do read it again! I wish I had time to!

  4. A great read for readers who like sweet romance, danger, friendship, unique fantasy worlds, horses, and the psychotic murderous predatory capaill uisce<3
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