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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand new, heartstopping novel.

With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff — with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

Review:

"In her closing notes, Stiefvater (the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy) calls this a book 'about killer horses' — terrifying faerie creatures that eat meat and seek to drown humans — and, in virtually the same breath, says that it 'isn't really about water horses.' She's right on both counts. On the island of Thisby, the Scorpio Races are held every November, when the driven or the crazy ride the beaches on the backs of these mounts. Sean Kendrick does it for love, winning year after year on the stallion Corr; Puck Connolly, pitting her ordinary horse against the killers, does it out of desperation, to win money to keep her home and to earn respect from her older brother, who threatens to desert the family. Stiefvater's narration is as much about atmospherics as it is about event, and the water horses are the environment in which Sean and Puck move, allies and rivals to the end. It's not a feel-good story — dread, loss, and hard choices are the islanders' lot. As a study of courage and loyalty tested, however, it is an utterly compelling read. Ages 13 — up. (Oct.) Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"This is the most romantic werewolf book you will ever read." Justine magazine

Synopsis:

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

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 choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

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About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, and Forever. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queens Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

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Lekili21, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by Lekili21)
Maggie Stiefvater weaves a beautiful tale, enticing you to turn the next page, pulling you in and leaving you hoping for a sequel! You don't want the characters, your new friends, to leave you while wishing you could move to, or at least visit, this fascinating place.
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Liz in the City, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Liz in the City)
The story was gripping from the first page. Maggie Stiefvater transports you to an island that seems familiar--except for the bloodthirsty water horses that threaten everything in their path--and the annual races that take place to show each rider's prowess at harnessing these deadly creatures. By slyly slipping in a love story with two equally compelling characters, it was one of the few books I've read in which I truly had no idea how it was going to end.
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klh1981, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by klh1981)
I loved this story. Mystical sea horses, a little bit of action, and a little bit of love. This novel is one of Maggie Stiefvater's best kept secrets.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545224901
Author:
Stiefvater, Maggie
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her closing notes, Stiefvater (the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy) calls this a book 'about killer horses' — terrifying faerie creatures that eat meat and seek to drown humans — and, in virtually the same breath, says that it 'isn't really about water horses.' She's right on both counts. On the island of Thisby, the Scorpio Races are held every November, when the driven or the crazy ride the beaches on the backs of these mounts. Sean Kendrick does it for love, winning year after year on the stallion Corr; Puck Connolly, pitting her ordinary horse against the killers, does it out of desperation, to win money to keep her home and to earn respect from her older brother, who threatens to desert the family. Stiefvater's narration is as much about atmospherics as it is about event, and the water horses are the environment in which Sean and Puck move, allies and rivals to the end. It's not a feel-good story — dread, loss, and hard choices are the islanders' lot. As a study of courage and loyalty tested, however, it is an utterly compelling read. Ages 13 — up. (Oct.) Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "This is the most romantic werewolf book you will ever read."
"Synopsis" by ,

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

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 choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

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