What? Carnivorous horses coming up out of the water, being charmed by locals, and then racing each other on the beach to victory or death and No Girls Allowed? This book had me at, Hello. It would be easy to call it amazing because of its premise and follow through. It had all the elements of a great read, but really that’s not enough. Because it was so much more.
The setting for Scorpio Races was so rich–the descriptions of the town and its inhabitants, the shared culture and experience, the loving of the land and longing to have and be something more. The characters of Kate and Sean were real; their hearts were gold. The horse expertise–buying, training, riding, being eaten by–was legit and the setting… it’s worth mentioning twice.
Stiefvater made the right choices in this book, from little things like word choice and phrasing, to the bigger things like rise and fall of tension and emotional underpinnings. The flow of the narrative reminded me of the rise and fall of the waves and each scene dropped me off at just the right point. It was one of those books that made me want to be a better writer
SR a bestseller that literary types will love too. So should you read it? Yes, everyone should. And then tell your friends.