Maggie Stiefvater is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, and her latest book The Scorpio Races did not disappoint. I do have to say that if you are a Wolves of Mercy Falls fan, you may or may not like this one because it’s vastly different from the poetic love story we all love so much. That said, if you treasure a good story, good storytelling, and unique plots painted well—not to mention mythology—you might just love this one like I do.
Have you ever heard of kelpie, or water horses? Some legends say these creatures are darkly bloodthirsty, and will eat a human just as soon as be ridden by one. In The Scorpio Races, we meet an entire island of people who rely on their annual race of such horses as their main tourist attraction and one young girl who enters to win in order to save her family after the death of her parents.
There’s some simple romance with some beautiful moments, sure, but more importantly there is the kind of archetypal, raw elements that you might find in a classical work woven into this young adult novel. I haven’t read anything like this since perhaps The Giver or Lord of the Flies, yet it’s still very different on its own. The gravity of a teen book like The Hunger Games is present, but there’s a poetic nature that’s common in Stiefvater’s books, and a primeval mythic quality that I still can’t even think of an example to compare it with. It is thoroughly enjoyable, ruthless while beautiful, to say the least, and if you read anything this winter, you wouldn’t go wrong with it.