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The Scorpio Races

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  64,131 Ratings  ·  8,797 Reviews
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is d
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Elise Nicole The story isn't about the race, not really. That's what you think it will be but it DEFINITELY isn't. It's a much deeper and more fascinating look at…moreThe story isn't about the race, not really. That's what you think it will be but it DEFINITELY isn't. It's a much deeper and more fascinating look at human emotion and motive. Just cause it's called The Scorpio Races doesn't mean that's the only thing it's about!(less)
Carly Shiver was agonizing. I could not get through the trilogy, and I could not bear to read one more line about how much the characters were infatuated…moreShiver was agonizing. I could not get through the trilogy, and I could not bear to read one more line about how much the characters were infatuated with each other, entirely dependent on the love of the other. The Scorpio Races is my favorite book, and it was nothing like the Shiver trilogy. Stiefvater was able to compose a plot independent of a love story, and the romance that she did include was appropriately limited. I personally felt connected to all of the characters in the book as well as the setting, which certainly did not happen in Shiver.

That being said, this is not a piece of literature that will be remembered throughout time. Her writing is simplistic because it is aimed at younger readers. Everything is stated, not much left to interpretation. Her language is beautiful, but it cannot compare to that of the classics. If you are looking for good writing, this is it. If you are looking for great writing, search elsewhere. (less)
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Maggie Stiefvater
Aug 16, 2011 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: recommended
You know I had to. It IS my favorite of all my books, after all.
Also posted on STRANGEMORE.COM.

This is basically the paranormal version of Misty of Chincatigue with (gasp!) romance!

Like Hidalgo, on the beach instead of the desert with (gasp!) kissing! Between two riders! NOT between the horse and it's rider though. Well... sometimes between the horse and it's rider. Just a little.

When this book started, it felt like a breath of fresh sea air, not rife with the smell of YA cliche. That was mainly because I thought this book was told from the alternating persp
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
They came in with the tide. The moon illuminated long lines of froth as the waves gathered and gathered and gathered offshore, and when they finally broke on the sand, the capaill uisce tumbled onto the shore with them. The horses pulled their heads up with effort, trying to break free from the salt water.

I had to restrain the squealing, fangirly Maja and shove her in the closet so that the adult, critical Maja can sit and write this review. Believe me, it’s better this way.

With The Scorpio Rac
Wendy Darling
Killer water horses + Maggie Stiefvater. What could go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot. I feel just terrible writing this, and if you want to know just how much, it actually took me 4 months to make myself finish the book--partly because I wasn't engaged in the story, but also because I could sense that this wasn't going to be good reading experience. After the bruising my heart took with Forever, I really didn't want to write a second negative review for this author. But I'm afraid my disapp
Dec 04, 2013 Lora marked it as to-read
I am seriously excited for this. As excited as this kitten, in fact.

Dec 31, 2015 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horse-fans, fans of complex YA

Tarot card reading for this book: inverted Tower. The Tower is leaning into the sea, crumbling, with thrashing waves and stormy skies, and while it can be a card of destruction, it can also be a card of fundamental change--which describes The Scorpio Races down to the letter.
A fierce and hungry book. Even the wind is hungry here, "a live, starving thing." The tomboyish Kate, otherwise known as 'Puck,' and her brothers have been orphaned ever since the carnivorous water horses killed their parent
Oct 04, 2011 Arlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Tour - ARC Flannery
Shelves: read-2011, arc, ya-fantasy
Absolutely fantasical! More please...

First off, a huge thanks to Flannery from thereadventurer who is touring this book with the Street Corner Bookers and allowed me to experience this crazy sauce of a book! Thank you!

Wow! Just wow!! Maggie Stiefvater has definitely cemented her status in the YA genre and Scorpio Races is her full access ticket to the game. I've enjoyed her Mercy Falls trilogy for over a couple of years, but this book has definitely pulled her away from the pack and shown she ha
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read starting Feb 15, 2015 with Brandi, Nicholas, Tandie, Sophie, D G, Athena Shardbearer, Kerry, Mich, AshleyR, Jessica and Michelle at Buddies Books and Baubles

Steve West has one of the sexiest voices ever. What a great time I had listening to this story all over again. Thanks buddy readers for a really fun reread of a story I enjoy.

Original Review:

4.5 Stars

“I didn't know," I start truthfully, "that it was the hard way when I started on it.”

I’ve have never given a recommendation to sp
This was a book I was ready to hate. Actually, if I'm being honest, this was a book I wanted to hate. What? German foosball players aren't the only ones capable of schadenfreude.

Plus, this was a story about horses, those vicious, four-legged beasts that naive children are tricked into riding at summer camp before they're brutally thrown off. Hypothetically speaking, of course. Yet I found myself drawn into this story, this mythic tale of savage water horses in a barbaric race created by all too
Edit: I feel it worth nothing that this is my 250th Goodreads review. Yay milestones!

This is the first time I've felt even a little guilty about not liking a galley. I didn't really enjoy this book, but I didn't hate it enough not to care, and so here I am stuck in limbo, not really sure what to do with it.

The idea is absolutely fabulous. A race run on killer water horses? Yes, please. And there's the element of romance between two competitors, both with a reason they need to win, which just amp
The Scorpio Races is one of those books that you can read as much as you want about and raise your expectations to seemingly unreachable levels, but nothing can prepare you for the story within its pages. It’s beautiful – from the writing, to the descriptions, to the characters and their relationships – everything about this novel is a beauty. Yet, what truly moved me as I read this novel was the sheer amount of passion it contained. I have never read a Maggie Stiefvater novel before, but if ...more
Taylor Knight
I'll never look at horses the same again.

This book is amazing. I really have nothing negative to say. From page one I was so interested in this book. I loved it right from the start.
The writing is incredible and mesmerizing. The characters are beautiful and complex. The plot is interesting and the concept is mind blowing.
There's only a handful of books that I've read that have made me feel how I felt while reading The Scorpio Races. I laughed, I cried, I did everything. I never wanted to put t
Tamora Pierce
Nov 30, 2011 Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
On a small island in the Scorpio Sea, men and boys strive to capture the deadly, killer water horses that come onto the land from the ocean. If they can master these mounts, they can ride in the yearly races for honor, glory, and big cash bets. Sean Kendrick races for his father, killed by the same water horse he rides now, and for the horse farm he works for as chief hostler. He has won the Scorpio Races four times and understands the water horses like no one else. Puck Connolly, on the other h ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Limonessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Limonessa by: Birthday present from Maja
In the Scorpio sea, somewhere in the Atlantic, lies the island of Thisby. It's a small island mainly inhabited by fishermen but it's also popular for its capaill uisce and its Scorpio Races. Capaill uisce are fearsome water horses. They feed on meat and blood and they are predators, killers.
The Scorpio Races are held each year in November and they're a tradition in Thisby. They're also dangerous, brutal and the cause of several casualties each year; because of course riders, in these races, com
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
Dec 01, 2015 Jillian (bookishandnerdy) rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

I love this so much. It's not a perfect 5 stars because the first half is paced slow, but amazingly written still. Maggie Stiefvater made me emotionally attached to horses. WUT. Beautifully written. Sean and Corr man, SEAN AND CORR. My favorite part about this is how Maggie describes Thisby. It felt as if Thisby itself was another character. Every time I read this book I felt like I was magically transported there to bask in the Scorpio Races. The ending gave me so many feels. SO MANY
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Alrighty then. I've been terrible at doing reviews lately, and I finished this book, like, a month ago. So now I'm going to review it. Because I have like two other books that I really, really want to review. Not that I don't want to review this book, because I do. But yeah. I guess I just don't have anything very entertaining to say about it.

So, to briefly explain what The Scorpio Races is about, I made this illustration:

Uh yeah. So it's basically about an island where horses eat people. Awesom
Jan 02, 2016 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Ksenia
This is a re-read.

I loved The Scorpio Races ages ago (is it really 5 years since it released?!!) and I've always wanted to do a re-read. A friend raved about the audio version and so I had to pick it up. Having a male and female narrator for the voices of Sean and Puck/Kate was a real treat especially with the proper accents. Steve West and Fiona Hardingham's wonderful performances enhanced this epic story!
Feb 18, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nick by: Brandi
Review #2: So, even though I just read this in December, it's time for a re-read with the fine people of Buddy Books and Baubles.

Not going to lie: I really missed Fiona Hardingham and I'm quite excited to have her serenade me for another 12 hours/2.

And I'm finished. Again, I'm left with this feeling of wanting more. I dream of what happens next and mentally fanfic the shit out of this story. This was even better the second time. Didn't think that was possible. People easily criticize, but it's
Aug 08, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jo by: Maggie
I didn’t think I’d get on with Ms Stiefvater. Partly because it just took me about five minutes to spell her name right, but also because I’ve heard things about her other series that kind of made me think that her writing wouldn’t be for me.

Not negative reviews, not at all. You know Maja, right? Of course you do, she’s brilliant and she’s the biggest Ms S fan that I know of and her reviews (here, here and here) for these books are absolutely wonderful. You’d think if anyone could persuade me to

Ohhh this is gonna be a hard review to do.
Really hard.
Like...”Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader” hard.
(That show got me a few times, just saying...)

I really can’t recall what was happening in The Scorpio Races. There was a lot, but there was also nothing at all. I’m not trying to make a paradox to confuse other readers, honest, but stuff happened but it never related to what was going on in the said ‘plot’ of this story.

...Lemme start this again. The Scorpio Races trailer was the very first thin
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Jillian -always aspiring-
Jul 16, 2015 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy twists on familiar legends (such as water horses)
The capaill uisce plunged down the sand, skirmishing and bucking, shaking the sea form out of their manes and the Atlantic from their hooves. They screamed back to the others still in the water, high wails that raised the hair on my arms. They were swift and deadly, savage and beautiful. The horses were giants, at once the ocean and the island, and that was when I loved them.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a difficult novel to describe: it is one-part race novel, one-part horse appreci
Pam Gonçalves
Melhor livro da Maggie Stiefvater que eu li até hoje.
Nov 23, 2011 Dee rated it it was ok
Oh no. I hate leaving negative reviews. I'll just be quick about it.

What I liked:

-Maggie writes pretty. Has hit the nail on the head in this regard. Not tediously overwritten like Shiver, just beautiful and evocative. Two stars for that.

What I didn't like quite so much:

-NOTHING HAPPENS. N-o-t-h-i-n-g. A third of the way through, bored to TEARS, I had to check a review or two...and that is when I found out that the Scorpio Races don't actually begin until the last 12 pages of the book. All the re
Jun 28, 2011 Parajunkee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is like music. Her words flow from the pages and land softly on your tongue…you can almost taste and feel and breath in the story as if you had the neurological condition called Synesthesia. Stiefvater’s writing is larger-than-life, interesting, original and profound. In the end it is just a story of a girl, a boy and two horses but the writing in-between makes it resonate.

On an island called Thisby water horses rise from the sea hungry and confused at the onset of wi
Krista Wright
Jan 04, 2016 Krista Wright rated it it was amazing
Okay, surprisingly, I ended up loving this. It was very slow in the beginning, and I honestly considered not finishing at one point. But about halfway through I started feeling really connected to the characters. I loved the way Sean and Puck interacted with each other, and it ended perfectly.
Nov 27, 2015 Adelina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
real life will never be as beautiful as this book was *sobs*
Feb 03, 2016 Kristen rated it it was amazing
All of a sudden she smells overwhelmingly of the sea. Not of the beach, which is what most people think is the odor of the sea. Not of seaweed, or of salt, but of your head beneath the surface, breathing water, lungs full of the ocean.

The Skinny:
Sean Kendrick is well known on the island for his command of horses, particularly the capaill uisce. The capaill uisce, smelling of sea and rot, are birthed from the ocean. Vicious and wild, they are not easily controlled, yet Sean Kendrick has a myster
Oct 21, 2012 Sparrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tommie
Recommended to Sparrow by: Kay
This was the most gorgeous audio book I’ve listened to yet. I am wavering a little in saying that because it is up against Flo Gibson’s reading of Wuthering Heights, Mia Farrow’s reading of What Falls Away, and Stephen Fry’s reading of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy. But, this audio was outstanding. Let’s not compare them all to each other because they are all outrageously excellent, and I don’t want them to fight. But, oh, this book. So beautiful. So, so beautiful. Listen to the audio of ...more
Oct 22, 2015 JAIME rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2015
This was....Wow. I don't even know how to put it in words other than to say it was wonderful.

I wish it never ended, I wish there was more. (view spoiler)

Perfect story.
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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech
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“I say, 'I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.'
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, 'It's late for that, Puck.”
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