Scorpio Races Review

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Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fantasy, Young adult
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This book was published in 2011, but I didn’t get to read it until a few months ago. If it is good, People will still go back to read it, so here is my long-awaited review, if you haven’t actually read it. One big reason to read the book: Maggie Stiefvater of course!

So the version of cover I got from the library looks slightly different.
But it is still featuring the water horses, and waves… with a hint of love story.

How the Story Goes

Every November, the Capaill Uisce, water horses of Celtic Myth will come from the sea. Only the bravest will try to capture them, and only the craziest will try to ride them on the Scorpio Races. The setting of the story is on a small island of Thisby, so small that only tourist would come during the races to watch and bet.

The main theme might be friendship, but also not to abuse animals because karma bites back hard.

Who Goes There

Sean Kendrick is a nineteen year old kid who works in a stable owned by the richest guy in town. Richest guy has a name which I conveniently forgot, guy also has a spoiled brat of a son, who is the villain of the story. Sean is an orphan after his father was killed by a water horse, luckily he wasn’t eaten or dragged into the sea.

Puck Connolly is a girl, whose real name is mentioned so rarely I couldn’t remember it. She has two brothers, and no money. To make sure that life goes on, she tries to enter the Scorpio Races with a normal land horse. That is how desperate she is with the state of her finances.

Other interesting characters in the story would be the horses. Maggie Stiefvater gives them life, and some mean ass personality. The island inhabitants are interesting too, each has a reason to be there, each not really wanting to be there as well.


Scorpio Races is such as unique story, a spin on a myth, that it is easily a book that can be read repeatedly. The themes of friendship makes it a good book for younger adults, despite the violent background. Flesh eating horses might prove a little scary, but hey it’s a story right?

Scorpio Races might have been published in 2011, but I just read it in 2017. Flesh eating horses that comes from the sea, what's not to read about? Click To Tweet

Aside from the good trademark Stiefvater writing style, the pace was a steady jog from start to finish. Even if it does not leave you breathless, it would try to leave a mark in your heart, unlike footprints in the sand.

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