The Scorpio Races

by abookormore

Title: The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Pages: 482

Publisher: Scholastic

“Tell me what it’s like. The race.”
What it’s like is a battle. A mess of horses and men and blood…It’s speed, if you’re lucky. It’s life and it’s death or its both and there’s nothing like it.

The Scorpio Races was enjoyable, for sure. It’s a beautiful, sturdy retelling of the ancient water horse myth: wild creatures emerging from the sea, eager to eat the very men who dare to ride them. This stunningly vicious concept was definitely the selling point for this book.

I did, however, find this novel quite slow paced. The town it is set in, Thisby, is built up and layered thoroughly (which I enjoyed), but I found at times the plot was sacrificed for this. The Scorpio Races is not mainly about a singular bloody thrill race, I can tell you.

Instead, Stiefvater writes about relationships and devotion of all kinds. Throughout the novel there is dual narration that allows readers to explore the protagonists’ struggles and hopes. It was a nice and useful addition, but the narrative voices were not distinct, and it was hard to believe they were, ya know, actually in love. A heart warming friendship? Most certainly. But a passionate romance between the characters… too much of a young adult cliché and not quite right.

Despite the selection of criticisms niggling at my mind, The Scorpio Races is soundly written and provides readers with a tale of loyalty and bravery that YA lovers would certainly appreciate. The characters are undoubtedly wholesome and likeable, and the ending…*deep breathe* emotional times my friends. Gorgeous and emotional times.

My rating: 3.5