Each November, a life and death race is held along the beach of a small island of Thisby- The Scorpio Races. The horses are not ordinary thoroughbreds; rather they rise out of the water and prefer to eat flesh over hay. The stakes are high, but the purse and the pride of winning tempt the riders to enter every year, despite the prospect of death.
Eighteen year old Sean Kendrick is as quiet as he is fearless, and as the returning champion he and his red stallion Corr are favorites to win again. Kate “Puck” Connolly, is a stubborn orphan as fiery as her hair. She had no intention of entering the Scorpio races, especially on her gentle island horse Dove, or as the first female, but dire financial circumstances leave her no choice. Thrown together by fate, Sean and Puck both have a lot riding on their winning, including their lives, but only one can win.
Stiefvater, weaves as action packed plot seamlessly with the mythological water horses and the islanders of Thisby. Filled with strong characters and beautiful scenery, the plot is more than the races, it is about love, loss, family, loyalty and courage. The Scorpio Races is a fascinating storyline that will have readers glued to the pages as they race alongside Sean and Puck to finish.
Recommended for readers age 13-17.