Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Gossip Time...The Scorpio Races
Every November the seas surrounding the island of Thisbe fill with blood thirsty water horses. The locals catch the horses and ride them in the Scorpio Races. Sean Kendrick has always had a special connection to the capaill uisce (water horses) and wants nothing more than for Corr, the water horse he has ridden for years, to become his own. Puck, in a last ditch effort to keep her brother from leaving the island, signs up for the races, becoming the first girl ever to ride.
Prior to this book I had never heard of the Celtic legend of the capaill uisce. The legend alone hooked me as I read. Maggie not only creates a cast of characters that you find yourself rooting for, but the island of Thisbe is a character itself with it's craggy cliffs, violent seas, and gray rainy weather.
There are good books and there are great books. The Scorpio Races is more than great, it's spectacular, and I can see it becoming a true classic.