Today’s Book Spotlight is on The Scorpio Races by: Maggie Stiefvater.
November means death. That’s how it’s always been on the island of Thisby and that’s how it’s always going to be. That’s when the water horses come out of the sea to rampage around the island. And that’s when some foolish, brave men decide to try their luck and race them. The race is short, brutal, and bloody, but they’ve always been part of the island and they always will be.
Sean Kendrick has won the races four times. His water horse, Corr, is strong, beautiful, and blood red. They’ve been together for years, which is something rare considering the water horses have a strong desire to go back to the sea. The races are especially important to Sean this year because this is the year he races for his freedom. This is the year he races to buy back his father’s land and keep Corr for his own.
Puck Connolly never should have entered the races in the first place. Women have never been allowed on the beaches and she doesn’t have a water horse of her own anyway. No one else wants her on the beach and they will stop at nothing to sabotage her and her horse in order to keep her out of the race. But the stakes are too high for her to quit. After the death of her parents, her family is falling apart and the only way to keep everything together is to win the prize money for the race. And so she’s determined to finish the race, even if it kills her.
The Scorpio Races is a beautifully written novel that takes place in early 20th century Ireland. It is a culturally rich retelling of Kelpie folklore, as well as a strong character-driven story. If you like headstrong protagonists, magic, horses, danger, or a little bit of gore, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.