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This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
This book is an adventure and highly recommended! Also, some minor spoilers ahead.
But first, story time.
Since I hadn't read it since it came out 6 years ago (what????), I'd forgotten practically everything and, up until last year perhaps, hadn't entertained the idea of re-reading books much. I was far too busy with university to manage time to read all the new ones I had, let alone doing re-reads. But when I left this summer, I suddenly had more time- and my Goodreads challenge has benefited massively from this fact- and then I found The Scorpio Races a month or two ago and decided to wait until November to pick it up again.
And so here we are.
Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Part of a trilogy: No, it’s a standalone
Original publication date: 18th October 2011
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read November 2017)
This cover is for the original UK paperback and is the version I have. The cover has since been updated.
Reading about the choices made in writing this book that Maggie Stiefvater went through makes me glad I'm not the only one who loves different kinds of mythologies and want to write about them. I'm only familiar with the kelpies, Scottish water horses that turned into human form to lure unsuspecting victims to their deaths in some body of water. There are various bits to that one alone and I'm a fan. The water horses in this book are just as deadly and beautiful, yet they have so much heart in them.
Corr is wonderful and despite how much the sea calls to him, he trusts Sean so much more over wanting to eat him. Their relationship is amazing and the ending may have made me cry. Speaking of, Sean is one of those very precious characters you just want to protect. He's so good with the horses, both killer and normal, and does not deserve to be anywhere near the Malverns, let alone have to work for/live with them in the way he has to.
Puck is the other narrative and I liked her a lot too. She's just trying to keep the remains of her family together and I admire her so much for entering this race on her own normal horse. She's so brave and determined throughout the whole thing, even when the island's men don't think she should be in the race. But she doesn't back down. Speaking of Puck's horse, Dove couldn't be more of a contrast to Corr, but I love them both. And their cat, Puffin. All Puck wants is for her older brother to stay and to keep the house away from...yep, the Malverns.
You would think, with the mention of killer horses that they would be the villains. Nope, they're just doing what their nature tells them. As with a lot of books/films, the true villains are usually human. In The Scorpio Races, the Malverns are it.
All the supporting characters were so different and my favourite was George Holly, the American tourist, who tried his level best to look out for Sean and I'm glad of it. Also, I think Finn has anxiety and/or OCD and that was nice to see it represented without being shouted about. The island seems so rich, almost its own character, yet so lonely and I wonder if I could bear to live on it too.
If I had to pick any fault with the book, it would be that it reminded me that I still can't ride, but made me hopeful that one day I'll learn. Which isn't really a fault at all.
So a full five stars and next time, I won't leave it so many years before I pick up this book again!
What are your thoughts on this book and is it your favourite by this author? If not, which one is? All the best and happy reading.
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