The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
MY RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
It’s hard to find words to describe a book so hauntingly beautiful and thought-provoking as this Young Adult novel by Maggie Stiefvater. Okay, I found some words, but I’m not sure any of them are the RIGHT words. All I can say is Maggie Stiefvater writes like an angel. She can slowly, but inexorably, pull you inside of a character’s heart and soul better than almost any writer I know of (except maybe Marisa de los Santos). I loved Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, but this eerie tale is a far cry from those sweetly sad stories.
If you long to understand The Human Condition, and love misty Irish islands and Celtic mythology, you will probably enjoy “The Scorpio Races.” I do and I did. So much so, that I’m having trouble thinking about anything else today.
The characters will stay in my mind for a long, long time. And one singularly painful and horror filled scene is etched into my brain forever. I found myself wondering if there were any possible way to actually MURDER a fictional character. Happily, retribution was doled out to this nasty piece of work, and I felt justified in cheering when “he got his.”
Overall, though, it is a strongly written tale of communication that goes beyond words, bonding that transcends species, and love that surpasses anything so ordinary as the merely physical.
What did YOU like best about this book? The lyrical writing? The Celtic mythology? Or the relationship between Puck and Sean Kendrick?
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