My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Scorpio Races is a gorgeous novel which is set on a fictitious Celtic Island, called Thisby, in what seems to be roughly 1917 or, at least, mid-suffrage-movement society. Thisby is a small, close-knit island with a strong tourist industry based around its unique horses called the Capall Uisce (capul ishka). The Capall Uisce are fantastical water horses that migrate out of the sea and onto the Thisby beaches each winter. They are strong, beautiful, fast and extremely carnivorous. They will and have eaten men.
Each year on Thisby the people hold Scorpio Races in which they ride and race on the Capall Uisce. The races draw spectators from all over the world. The races are always deadly.
Sean Kendrick has won the Scorpio Races four times. Puck Connolly has not only never attended the races but both her parents were killed by Capall Uisce. Sean Kendrick has a magical bond with the Water Horses. Puck Connolly has never even ridden one. Yet, this year, both Sean and Puck (Kate) will be riding in the races, each with their future happiness depending upon a win.
Stiefvater creates a rich and lovely world on Thisby. Her characters are full and believable. Their lives are interesting and engaging. This is an indisputable success for Maggie Stiefvater.
Recommended for ages 11+.