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The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
RRP: £7.99

When I picked up this book in the library, I had never heard of it, nor did I know what it was about. However, within a few pages I was hooked. The story is told from the points of view of Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick, switching between the two. Both live on the island of Thisby, a beautiful but dangerous place, where every October, deadly water horses emerge from the sea. The Islanders catch these unpredictable creatures and train them, ready for the annual scorpio races on the first of November. Sean kendrick enters the races every year, and at the age of 19, he has won 4 times- he lives for the horses, and for the sea. Orphan Puck enters the races to save her family and her home, the first female ever to do so. But when her and Sean's paths cross, everything changes for both of them.

Maggie Stiefvater tells this story with a sense of mystery, leaving out pieces of information so that the reader has to imagine things for themselves, but the she also creates an air of magic. For example, mythical beasts emerge from the ocean, called 'capaill uisce', and great storms threaten Thisby, the location of which is not revealed. In addition, it is exiting, with plenty of plot twists and action to keep the reader enthralled.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, because I loved the mythical feel and the brave, interesting characters, who stayed in my thoughts long after I put the book down. If you are looking for a book a bit out of the ordinary, I would definitely recommend this one.

Robyn king (14)