Book Rant: The Scorpio Races

Scorpio-paperback-websiteRATING: 4.75/5

GENRE: Fantasy, YA

SERIES: Stand Alone

Hello! Welcome to Book Rant! Today we are discussing The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the first book I have read by Maggie Stiefvater though I know she has another series, The Shiver Trilogy, that I have heard mixed review about. Anyway, The Scorpio Races take place on this made-up island in our world and I’m guessing it’s early 1900, it’s hard to tell becasue we are on this isolated island but there is a mention of the woman’s suffrage movement going on. Once  a year, wild, carnivorous horses rise from the sea  onto the banks of the island. And every year on the first of November, the locals capture and race them along the beach in a bloody show of courage and strength and every year people die. Sean, 19,  is the returning champion and he lives for this time of year. Puck was forced to enter the race by a cruel move of fate. Her and her brothers were orphaned when the water horses killed their parents and now they can barely make ends meet. Not only is she the only girl to ever enter the race, she has never been near a water horse before and cannot forget her parents death, but failure isn’t an option. I really, really enjoyed this book and I recommend it! Spoilers part here!






I loved how this book builds. In the Prologue we learn what the races are and are sort of introduced to these horses, we learn that they are vicious and eat people and that Sean has some kind of a way with them. The we see them trying to capture the capall uisce  and meet the piebald and learn how Puck’s parents died, but it isn’t really until the storm when the horses come on land that we really see how dangerous these hoses are. When Tommy dies it also helps put things into perspective becasue he the first character we really know who is killed by one of these things. I loved Pucks story and how the stakes kept slowly raising  for her. At the parade when all the men are tormenting her for being a woman I kept expecting her to explain that she has no choice but she’s so strong and proud she knows she couldn’t do that or else everyone would use that weakness against her. When Tommy and those guys came after her and Dove I was so furious! She’s just a kid. By the end the stakes have raised for Sean too, it’s no longer just a race and only one of them can win. It was so stressful reading that becasue no matter what, even best case scenario, someone was going to lose everything. When Finn pulled the money out at the end I was just over the moon! I hadn’t seen it coming at all. And then she buys Corr and he chooses Sean over the ocean and ah! Loved, loved, loved the ending.

Mutt, this guy. His insanity also just keeps building throughout the book. He’s a really sad character, his father openly prefers Sean over him and trusts him more but Mutt makes it so difficult to feel bad for him! He doesn’t care about these horses, he killed a colt to try and get Sean fired then he sliced the legs of a capall uisce mere thinking it was Corr so Sean would lose! When he died, I don’t want to say it was happy, but it was “well you had it coming, idiot.” He’s riding  a man-eating magic horse he can’t control. Darwinism.

I loved the romance and the love story between Sean and Puck. I love how subtle it was. It didn’t take over from the main plot and it also grew slowly and naturally. I really liked how they started training together. Then the kiss FINALLY right near the end, so perfect.

Gabe, on the one hand I understand him. One the other he’s pretty well leaving his brother and sister on the street to starve. What if Puck had been killed? Would he still have left? Their argument at the beginning when he first tells them he’s leaving hints that yes, he would. I forget how old they said Finn was, 12? I understand having to do what good for yourself, but essentially condemning your siblings to death when the house forecloses and have no where to live. As it was, with three incomes and not paying rent, they were eating the bare minimum, cheapest food. That’s too selfish to leave, regardless how good a reason he has.

That’s it for today! Bye lovelies.



  1. I really loved this book! Maggie Stiefvater is such a great writer, and the stories she creates are enthralling and captivating. I really enjoyed her Shiver trilogy and loved the beginning of her most recent trilogy, The Raven Boys.

  2. Love this book! Loooooove Sean Kendrick! I haven’t read the Shiver series yet, but I really love her Raven Cycle series. The plot is kind of weird, but the characters in that series are just amazing. Probably some of my favorite characters and relationships of all time.

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