Book Summery (via Goodreads): 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 different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
This was my first introduction to Maggie Stiefvater. Wow! What an amazing introduction. I have been hesitant to pick this up because I am not a fan of horse and I am not a fan of races. This seemed like a combination of both, and therefore just not my cup of tea. I could not have been more wrong!!! What I found was a story of passion, family, drive, and heart. As I stated in my previous review, I love a story told through alternating voices. Puck and Sean's voices were endearing, they were able to really draw the reader into the story. I loved the world-building and the capall uisge. I could have stayed in this world for a very long time. If you're curious about the back story, I highly recommend checking out Stiefvater's post (here) where she talks about her inspiration for writing the story. I am now a huge fan of Stiefvater, and plan to read her Wolves of Mercy Falls series in the very near future! :)
“There are moments that you'll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you'll remember for the rest of your life, and its not often they turn out to be the same moment.”
Cover Art Commentary:
I love this cover! So simple, yet affective. The blood red backdrop. The bold gold lettering. The black horse with the girl riding. It works so well together, and has rich meaning to the story.