A ‘Piece of Passion’ from Scholastic Children’s Books Senior Fiction Editor Zoe Duncan:
I have always felt privileged to work with Maggie Stiefvater. She is immensely talented and all her books have been absorbing, brilliant and completely impossible to put down. When I was first sent The Scorpio Races, I was so excited. Here was a brand new story that Maggie had put her soul into. I stayed up all night and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was blown away. The Scorpio Races is exceptional. It’s exhilarating and special. It will make your heart race.
In creating the savage water horses, the cappaill uisce (pronounced COPple Ooshka), Maggie has brought to life dangerous yet beautiful creatures. As they gallop along the beach you can smell the sea and hear the waves. You understand why the sand is soaked with blood.
One of Maggie’s many talents is her ability to make you fall so completely for her characters. Her heroes in The Scorpio Races feel incredibly real. They are fascinating and complex. I wish I was half as brave as Puck. I wish everyone had Sean’s silent strength and honest goodness.
The Scorpio Races is an adventure, a fantasy, a heart-wrenching ride, but more than anything it’s a love story. And no one writes love like Maggie.
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Every November, the Scorpio Races are run beneath the chalk cliffs of Skarmouth. Thousands gather to watch the horses and the sea that washes the blood from the sand. The mounts are capaill uisce: savage water horses.
There are no horses more beautiful, more fearless, more deadly. To race them can be suicide but the danger is irresistible.
There is a downloadable extract from this book for you to read. Please note that it comes from an uncorrected proof.
Publication date: 19/10/2011
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Maggie Stiefvater is a twenty-seven year old writer, artist and musician. Her debut novel, Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, was published by Flux in 2008. She lives in rural Virginia, USA, with her husband and their two young children. As well as being an author, Maggie is an award-winning artist and plays several instruments including the Celtic harp, the piano and the bagpipes. Maggie says her greatest literary influences for Shiver were Crow Lake and The Time Traveler’s Wife “because they tell quiet, bittersweet love stories.” Maggie Stiefvater on Maggie Stiefvater: All of my ...More About Maggie Stiefvater