The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater

I’m a new transplant to BookLikes from Goodreads, and this book ... this amazing beautiful book is one of my prizes.  Every time I look at my feed I end up purchasing yet another book I would have never found without those generous and thoughtful reviewers sharing their love of books.  This was one such find - an author, and a book, I had never heard of.


Well, as you can imagine from the preceding paragraph, yes, I loved this book.  Her writing is described as lyrical, and it is, but not in a way I was expecting, really.  It simply flows, effortlessly capturing sound, smell, looks - everything in a scene.  There are so many different types of relationships explored here with characters drawn so achingly clear I know them, intimately.   I could understand their choices, even if I would choose differently.  


The race in this book involves (mostly) water horses - carnivorous, deadly, and magical - who have been captured and (somewhat) tamed. There are scenes of stunning violence balanced against the love people share, love for their land, love between each other, love between themselves and their horses (whether earthly or fey).  


This all comes back to the writing for me, though.  This is one of those books, that because of the author’s way with words, and the underlying themes, will remain with me for a long time, and definitely will be re-read multiple times.