The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

86%

32 Critic Reviews

Stiefvater has successfully plumbed lesser-known myths and written a complex literary thriller that pumps new blood into a genre suffering from post-“Twilight” burnout.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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

About Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the bestselling Shiver Trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever) and Raven Cycle Series: The Raven Boys (The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves). She is also the author of a book in the Spirit Animals Series (Hunted). Maggie attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history. She is also an artist, equestrian, musician, and technical editor. She enjoys writing full time from her home in Virginia.
 
Published October 18, 2011 by Scholastic Press. 421 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Scorpio Races
All: 32 | Positive: 30 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 17 2011

The water horses are breathtakingly well-imagined, glorious and untamably violent. The final race, with Sean and Puck each protecting each other but both determined to win, comes to a pitch-perfect conclusion. Masterful. Like nothing else out there now.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by JENNIFER HUBERT SWAN on Nov 10 2011

Stiefvater has successfully plumbed lesser-known myths and written a complex literary thriller that pumps new blood into a genre suffering from post-“Twilight” burnout.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Aug 22 2011

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.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Mariah Lyons on Dec 03 2012

You need to read this book. I am mad at myself for waiting this long to read it.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by ARLENA LOCKARD on Apr 18 2012

The Scorpio Races is unlike anything you've ever read.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by NICOLE LANGAN on Jan 10 2012

Stiefvater fashions a world that borders on the edge of reality.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Dec 02 2011

Readers will be sad to turn the last page and realize that their magical time on the island of Thisby with the savage and yet enthralling water horses is at an end.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Crystal DeJesus on Oct 14 2011

Fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s work will not be disappointed with The Scorpio Races, and she is sure to gain more fans with this wildly enchanting novel.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Ellen Parsons on Oct 01 2011

In her most addictive story yet, Stiefvater revives the strong, silent type in sexy, brooding monster tamer Sean Kendrick.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Sara Vilkomerson on Nov 02 2011

With this beautifully executed drama, Stiefvater has established herself as one of the finest YA novelists writing today.

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Karen Cruze on Oct 01 2011

A book appealing to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure alike, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Laura Ketley on Oct 01 2011

The Scorpio Races held my attention from the first page until the last, and is a work that Maggie Stiefvater should be proud of. I would definitely recommend.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Suzanne Johnson on Dec 01 2011

Stiefvater accomplished her decades-long goal of bringing this myth to life with The Scorpio Races.

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Nov 09 2011

A tale that seems both classic and fresh, and a plot that hurtles along like a thoroughbred horse at full gallop.

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Common Sense Media

Excellent
Reviewed by Darienne Stewart on Dec 01 2011

Maggie Stiefvater serves up a terrific mix of action, magic, and romance that defies neat categorization into any one genre.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Dec 11 2011

Images and imagery abound in a truly pulsating story softened only by the subtle, slow-burning and understated romance that burns at its heart.

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The Daily Fig

Excellent
Reviewed by Kay Fraser on Oct 18 2011

This is an amazing page-turner that needs to be read.

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The Young Folks

Good
Reviewed by Gabrielle Bondi on Aug 15 2012

...it isn’t part of trilogy, series, saga or whatever. It’s a standalone novel. You don’t get yanked into a tumultuous, overlong tale with one too many cliffhangers, like so many other YA novels. It’s just one book, and the ending left me breathless and satisfied and happy.

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Shiny Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Jason on Nov 11 2012

There’s a gigantic build up of tension and drama, and the ending left a lot to be desired.

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A Patchwork of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Rene Kirkpatrick on Dec 12 2011

So deliciously fabulous, so atmospheric and romantic in all the definitions of the word, it is a book for breathing in and reading slowly.

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Kepler's

Good
Reviewed by Kepler's Staff on Dec 01 2011

What a marvelous book – I absolutely love the action and tension!

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The Readers Cafe

Above average
Reviewed by Brooke on May 08 2012

This is a story of getting what you need out of life, even if it isn’t necessarily getting what you think you want.

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Jackson District Library

Good
Reviewed by Tessa J. Eger on Mar 25 2014

The horses are vividly drawn and breath-takingly frightening. Quite an adventure--wouldn't mind a sequel.

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Wovenmyst

Good
Reviewed by Meghan Drummond on Nov 08 2012

This may be Stiefvater’s greatest book yet, and I’m saying that as a devout fan of the Shiver trilogy.

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Seventeen

Good
Reviewed by Kara McGrath on Sep 30 2011

It's like a wonderful combination of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games that you won't ever want to end.

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The Yalsa Hub

Good
Reviewed by Emily Calkins on Dec 06 2011

The sense of place that pervades the novel, the engaging narrators, and the lovely relationships between the characters and setting make this a must-read for fantasy fans.

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DenverPost.com

Good
Reviewed by Lainie on Feb 24 2012

This atmospheric novel brings back memories of The Black Stallion and Misty of Chincoteague, while adding an engaging, though sometimes bloody, original premise.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Blackfriesian on Dec 01 2011

Even those who don’t like fantasy will really like it. I definitely recommend reading this book, you won’t be disappointed.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Ladybugsrock on Feb 10 2011

Every chapter’s end left me turning the page to read on because I was hooked from the beginning to end.

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Gather Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Alyssa Udall on Dec 06 2012

An absolutely wonderful read!

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Teen Voices

Good
Reviewed by Talia Goodman on Feb 26 2012

The Scorpio Races is beautiful and a must-read.

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MO High Library

Good
Reviewed by Montclair Highschool Library on Jan 25 2012

You don’t have to be a horse lover or racing fan to enjoy this book.

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