The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater | Review

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“He is slow, and the sea sings to us both, but he returns to me.”


My first Maggie Stiefvater book and I was not disappointed.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜

That last line especially, really got me.๐Ÿฅบโค๏ธ

Never thought I could love the capaill uisce given how bloody monstrous they areโ€”I mean, they do love snacking on humans.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Reading about Sean & Corr and Puck & Dove makes me really wish I had that kind of relationship with a horse or better yet actually have a horse .

I’ve only ridden a horse a few times, but it sounds so beautiful having such a close friendship with them.๐Ÿฅฐ


Maggie Stiefvater did such an amazing job describing the world and it’s creatures. I could actually picture Thisby so well, and imagine how flying on the water horse was. She has this way of writing that just makes you feel like you’re actually experiencing the same things as the characters. (or maybe that’s just me๐Ÿ˜…)

And I absolutely love Kate (Puck) Connolly. Not only was she the first women to be entering The Scorpio Races but she wasn’t even riding a capaill uisce and instead just a regular horse. The other men also racing of course didn’t like that she was entering and tried many times, unsuccessfully, to get her to quit. Of course, I loved how Kate fought back and continued to argue with them despite that they were ganging up on her. Such a strong female character! And Sean spoke up for her too!!! Those two. They’re the perfect pair.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ

“This island runs on courage, not blood,” he says.

I love you Sean Kendrick.๐Ÿ’–

Also, I didn’t even know water horse were mythological creatures! I only just learned from searching up capaill uisce on Google. And that’s after I finished the book.

Talk about an epic fail.๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

Matthew Mutt Malvern was such a despicable character. I was so happy with what he got at the end of the novel.๐Ÿ˜ˆ He was way too cruel to both the horses and Sean. Especially Sean.๐Ÿ˜ฅ BAD MUTT๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Although his father, Benjamin Malvern was also a jerk for not wanting to sell Corr to Sean knowing that nobody else would be able to tame him like Sean could. I could tell though that he held Sean in high regard, with what he said to Matthew Mutt๐Ÿ˜œ

โ€œSo heโ€™s practically a son,โ€ Holly says. โ€œThat explains the bond. These horses all bear his handprint, donโ€™t they? Seems to me heโ€™s the logical heir to the Malvern Yard, if you were asking me.โ€

Benjamin Malvern had been looking at his son, who was staring back at him, but when Holly finishes, Malvernโ€™s eyes sweep over me in my suit and he purses his lips. โ€œIn many ways, Mr. Holly, I think that is very true.โ€ He looks back up to Mutt and adds, โ€œIn most ways.โ€

Maybe I feel a little bad for Mutt seeing that his own father doesn’t think much of him. Nope never mind. He doesn’t deserve my pity.๐Ÿ˜’

Oooo that reminds me! I was suspicious of George Holly at first, but actually, he’s an amazing guy! He was such a nice and clever man to both Sean and Kate. Holly was an American visiting Thisby to check out the offers he could buy.

You see, usually I find the men in those business suits to be the suspicious and secretly plotting something evil. xD well there was definitely nothing wrong with him and he clearly wanted to help out Sean with his dreams. What a cool American.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Oh and I just adored Finn! He was definitely a much better brother than Gabe -> who I really hated in the beginning of the novel, although now I can understand him more and why he wanted to leave Thisby to go to the mainland. Still, Finn was a super supportive little brother.๐Ÿฅบ The conversations between Kate and Finn were funny too.๐Ÿ˜‚

โ€œYou made this?”
Finn looks at me. “No, Saint Anthony brought it to me in the night. He was very put out I didn’t give it to you right then.โ€

xD and Kate is a master with her retorts. I could never compare.๐Ÿคฃ

I hear laughter and someone asks if I need help, not in a nice way. I snarl, “What I need is for your mother to have thought a little harder nine months before your birthday.”

I shall never forget Kate, Sean, the capaill uisce , and especially this scene:

“I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.”

He says, very softly, ‘It’s late for that, Puck.”

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