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The Scorpio Races book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Based on the legends of the eich uisce — the Celtic water horse — The Scorpio Races take place on the tiny, fictional island of Thisby. Each November, water. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to Well, the book I always wanted to read had water horses in it. It's a tiny corner.
Here, young men are drawn to the barren beaches of the Scorpio Sea each November to compete in a brutal race astride capaill uisce CAP-ul ISH-kuh , commonly known as water horses. Adapted from Celtic legend, the meat-eating mounts of this inventive, tightly woven tale have the ability to lull their human riders into a stupor whereby the fairy horses can then carry them back to the ocean to be devoured. The two likable and well-realized main characters have been born and raised in this rough and isolated but tightknit island society. Kate Connolly, or Puck, as she is called, has already lost both her parents to the capaill uisce. Now her older brother Gabe is threatening to leave the island, and the only way Puck can keep her impoverished family intact is to enter the Scorpio Races and win the pot. Now year-old Sean is ready to call his life his own. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Two sides of the same coin, their stories told in alternating first-person, Puck and Sean both love Thisby and its horses.
There is so much else going on in their lives—hellish, heavenly and in-between—but together, they have a way of being untouchable, of being above, peering down at the rest of the islanders from some lofty place they made from their ragged hearts and every moment of peace they stole from the jaws of chaos. I love how they were both rooting out darkness in each other: View all 38 comments. Jul 31, C.
Drews rated it it was amazing Shelves: Go me. I am shallow and great. And also I love this book so bloody much it actually hurts my heart. Notable 3rd Read Thoughts: This book means so very much to me. You know those books that are just yours for some reason? It started me on YA. I read it after The Hunger Games and there was noooo going back afterwards. Not to mention my deep eternally wildly fangirling permanent adoration of all things Stiefvater.
She is my most favourite author of the universe. Flawless books of utter writing perfection and characters that steal your heart.
I honestly I'm just a mess of feelings. Re-reading this was like coming home to old friends. It's been 4 years since I read it. I had like 9 anxieties reading it even though I'd already read it.
I fell hopelessly back in love with Sean Kendrick. It's the quietness. Sean says 1 word where everyone says 6. Me toooooo. Or else I say 0 words where everyone says 6 and wait until they're definitely listening to talk. His non-talking-ness just resonated wtih me. And Puck's vinegar and sugar temperament I just love endlessly. He is probably one of the bestly written characters with OCD I've ever read So you can tell this is just crafted so beautifully and thoughtfully.
I just wish I knew how old he was, dangit.
I'm going to say 13 maybe? I need more stars to give this book. Also there's a whole chapter set in a bakery, FYI. Needless to say: I just My heart fractured so. If you haven't ever read a Stiefvater book: BEST choice for the re-read.
View all 53 comments. He sounds resentful or surprised. Did no one tell him that pain lives in this sand, dug in and watered with our blood? There is something in the way she writes that always captures the emotions and the essence of a certain season or time. I swear I could feel the cold autumn wind on my skin and I could smell the leaves and the sea with my nose while I read this book.
They screamed back to the others still in the water, high wails that raised the hair on my arms. They were swift and deadly, savage and beautiful. The horses were giants, at once the ocean and the island, and that was when I loved them. Anyway, back to the actual water horses of this book! They were amazing and I loved their beautiful, violent and graceful nature! And tell you what? I loved that aspect of the book! It made it so good and realistic that I was almost convinced those horses actually exist.
Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick! A dark-haired boy who is made of all corners. He is standing next in line by the counter, silent and still in his blue-black jacket, his arms folded across his chest. He looks out of place and wild in here: I try to behave, but I always go back to the vinegar. XD Sean Kendrick was a mystery to everyone but himself and Puck Connolly was an open book that had its own secrets.
They were two really intriguing characters and before I even knew it, I was already pulling for them. They really dealt with every blow that came their way and they did it with fierce determination! Would he be willing to give up that one month to keep the other eleven? Am I willing to risk it?
Does anyone ask you why you stay, Sean Kendrick? First and foremost Benjamin Malvern and his demon of a son called Mutt. Ever the business man he tied him to his stable making him just another one of his precious horses. Gosh, there were moments I wanted to slap some sense into him and I am a pacifist and actually never slapped anyone. My only weapons are words! Sean Kendrick turns his face away. Plus I also liked that Puck was the first woman to ever take part in the races!
Thank you Maggie for inventing a strong female character people are able to look up to! We still need more of those! A slow, realistic burn and a relationship that was built on mutual respect and the love for their horses and home!!! I think our next one is already pending. View all 61 comments.
Jun 22, Lyndsey rated it it was ok Shelves: This is basically the paranormal version of Misty of Chincatigue with gasp! Like Hidalgo, on the beach instead of the desert with gasp! Between two riders! NOT between the horse and it's rider though.
Just a little. When this book started, it felt like a breath of fresh sea air, not rife with the smell of YA cliche. That was mainly because I thought this book was told from the alternating perspective of two boys , Sean and Puck, which would have been a nice change for Steifvater. Maybe I was in the mood for a buddy story or a brother story, instead of the usual stereotypical romance.
But it wasn't meant to be, you see, because Puck is a SHE and not a he. Sorry, my inner Dr Suess came out for a second. Not that this is a spoiler or anything, as it it mentioned fairly quickly. It was just something my mind was set against. I wanted Puck to be a boy. I'm tired of the "here's a girl who does this and here's a boy who does that, hmmmm, I wonder when and how they'll meet and, gee, wouldn't it be weird if they fell in love, because, oh boy, we've never seen THAT happen before.
This is a difficult book to sum up. Two individuals, Sean and Puck, are preparing separately for the annual Scorpio Races where the dangerous water horses of Thisby face off against each other with their riders and generally lots of bloodshed until their lives eventually collide into each other. Sean is the typical Thisby teen boy who just so happens to compete every year in the races.
Puck is a young girl having some family issues, in particular with her brother's desire to leave the family home and the island that they live on, and she thinks that competing in the Races will force her brother to stick around.
But Puck decides to race her regular horse against the blood-thirsty water horses, which cause quite a stir and tons of problems. And that's just the beginning. The Writing and World-Building If there was one word to describe this book, it would definitely be "atmospheric. It seems to be a created fantasy island located in Ireland? I think. The term they use for the water horses is a Gaelic term but it takes place on a fictional island, I guess?
The specifics are never really laid out about where or what or when this "Thisby" is. Many reviewers raised concerns about the lack of world-building in the Maggie's Wolves of Mercy Falls series. That being said, I feel like she almost went in the opposite direction with way too much world-building, including tiny details about minor characters, and it honestly wasn't very interesting to me.
The characters all had their own quirks and backgrounds, but we were told too much and too often about them. More than was necessary.
However, the world that she built around The Scorpio Races was much better than the world of Mercy Falls. The prose isn't quite as purple and the romance isn't nearly as cheddar. I'd say it's more like a magenta colby jack. It was just a very bland and tasteless magenta colby jack. It takes at least pages or so before anything remotely interesting happens. Usually by then, I would have put a book down not knowing whether or not I would pick it back up, but because this is an upcoming release, I felt like I needed to keep going.
In addition, because of the way the environments are described and the action builds slowly, a certain intrigue simmers in your mind and drives you forward regardless of the slow start. But I'm not entirely sure that the pay-off was worth the anticipation. Around page , the seemingly fabled races begin.
Now that would have been a great place to start the book! It was all setup. I'm sorry, but I do not need three hundred and eighty pages of setup. Because by the time that part finally came around and I thought, "Now this could be interesting," -- it was much too late. I was looooong past mentally checked out and had become disinvested and disinterested.
This might come off rude, but this is the best way I know how too explain what it seems like has happened. You know when a little girl first discovers the way her skirt twirls when she spins? It's cute, right?! You're like, "Oh, isn't that precious. She's twirling. You can twirl " But you can't say that because then you're just being an asshole for ruining a little girl's "twirl time. It just seems like the author discovered for the first time "Wow, I can write pretty prose. Let's throw some more of that in there.
It is pretty. But holy well of words, do we need SO much of it? The Scorpio Races don't actually happen until the last 20 or 30 pages of the book, and even then, the actual Races only last about 12 pages, the rest is aftermath. For a book that's pages long, that is not a good chunk of the content. Only about 3 percent of it, in fact. Maybe it should have been titled "The pages leading up to the Scorpio races". I mean, sure, Hunger Games had some setup as well. But it would have been an entirely different book had the Games only lasted 12 pages.
And I wouldn't recommend it for a lot of people. But I think a lot of people will read it anyway. Here's why: If you hated Shiver, then you'll probably hate this one as well.
If you loved Shiver, then you might love this one. Right around the time that the Black Beauty movie with Chris O'Donnell came out, I went through horse phase like many young girls probably do. But I got over it and I think I'm still over it, which might be why I didn't love this book.
I think Horse People will love this book. Keep in mind that there is a big difference between liking horses and being a Horse Person. I like horses. They are pretty and I like to imagine them with horns or wings or gills, but my thoughts don't revolve around them. I am a Dog Person.
I've heard people say that horses are like really big dogs, but I think that those people are just Horse People trying to convince you to be a Horse Person. When really, it's like comparing Chihuahuas to Labradors.
Some people say that small dogs and big dogs are the same. They aren't. Not even close. This isn't to say that any of them are better or worse than the other, they are just different. Other Thoughts The one thing I really like about what Maggie did with this book, though the same may not be said for Shiver, is that she didn't follow the pack with The Scorpio Races.
After the vampire-werewolf craze hit and SMeyer announced on her website that she was writing a mermaid book, strangely, we saw a surge in the number of mermaid based books on the market, many of a questionable quality due to the fact that they were most likely rushed onto the shelves. Maggie didn't go with the surge but she didn't go against it either. She went along side it by creating her own mythology similar to many ocean based tales. It wouldn't be surprising if we see a rise in ocean based mythology books after The Scorpio Races.
Although the pacing is slower and the story not quite as involving as Shiver, this book still seems to be a step in a better direction albeit almost too far a step for Maggie.
The world-building is much more fully realized and detailed than that of Shiver and the storyline isn't purely romance based, which leads me to think that maybe, just maybe , authors do pay attention to reviewers complaints. Maybe she just decided to put more time into her world-building on her own, or maybe, hopefully, we are having some minuscule effect on how the book world evolves. And that makes me very VERY happy.
The Verdict The Wolves of Mercy Falls was just a little too soft for me and the Scorpio Races was just a little too hard, so maybe by the time the next book comes around from Ms Stiefavter, that one will be juuuuust right for this little goldilocks. I'm giving it two stars because it was written well, just badly paced and plotted, in my opinion. The pretty words weren't enough to make up for the boredom. And unfortunately, I never connected to the characters or the romance between them.
The thing that frustrates me the most about books is when feel like I didn't learn anything. I don't really mind not being entertained if I take something away from it that I had never thought about before. But I at least want one or the other. If you aren't going to entertain me, then teach me something.
I'm very sorry to say that this book did neither. But that isn't to say that you will feel the same. Personally, I didn't love it. I don't think I even liked it, but it wasn't terribly written; it wasn't too terribly involving either. That's my word for this book. Yeah, I just whinnied. Whatcha gonna do about it, huh?
View all 60 comments. View all 10 comments. Everything the race makes me feel on the inside is bleeding up through the seams in the street tonight. For me, The Scorpio Races is one of those books. I am just forever in debt to Maggie Stiefvater because this book has truly affected me.
It's very difficult for me to put into words. But I suppose the best way I can say it is this: The Scorpio Races is the kind of story I would hope to write, if I had the talent. It's incredibly unique. Stiefvater's writing is totally immersive.
So much detail, and yet all of it felt relevant. I savored every word, every page, every single bit of this book that I could. I have heard some say that it was too slow, and I understand that critcism. It just wasn't true for me and my personal reading experience. Yes it was slow, but I feel that it absolutely needed to be. This is a story that blooms in its own time, a breathtaking experience if given the proper patience.
While I read this, I was on the island of Thisby. I could feel the cold November breeze threading through my hair, I could smell the tinges of brine and blood on the waves that soaked the shoreline. I could hear my heart beating in my ears as the events unfolded. And I read the last thirty pages of this story with tears streaming down my face.
I'm just so damn emotional, and sitting here in a heap of my feelings. I know this review isn't very specific, but it suffices to say that I loved everything.
From the characterization, to the world building, to the plot, to the writing style - it's the whole package. I couldn't recommend this book enough, especially for fans of Stiefvater's other works. Now please excuse me while I go recover in a dark corner somewhere. This and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest! View all 65 comments. Since there were two voice actors it was very easy to separate Puck and Sean, which was lucky since I've heard that some readers found it very difficult to distinguish between them when reading the book.
The narrators also had very different ways of speaking as the characters, which made it impossible to mix the two up while listening.
The writing was beautiful. There is such a rich atmosphere, and the descr 3. There is such a rich atmosphere, and the descriptions left vivid images of the setting in my mind. I felt like I was there on Thisby, experiencing the world alongside Puck and Sean. Whilst the setting was strong on Thisby, I didn't get a strong sense of where Thisby was located on the map. I'm assuming it's a fictional island, but there was a reference to the States, so there is some blend with our present world.
My main concern was the slower pace, though I think my expectations hindered my full enjoyment of the story. I went into this expecting a lot of action, but instead found my thoughts wandering a lot, but when my attention returned I didn't feel like I missed much.
I was also hoping for a little more explanation about the history of the Scorpio Races and how the tradition came to be. With a slower pace, there is plenty of room to explore the origins of Thisby's traditions. View 2 comments. Apr 02, Kai rated it it was amazing Shelves: All you have to do is be a mountain they have to climb or a poem they don't understand. Sean's heart beats for something that he doesn't own.
Both have no choice and only one chance to get what they desperately need. It's either win or die. Why did I not pick this up sooner? This totally deserves the 5 star rating. My heart goes out to every single tiny detail of this book. But most of all for "It's easy to convince men to love you. But most of all for the oh so precious characters. I'm a little in love with all of them, but very much so with Finn. I'm at loss with words and it's too late to form a clear thought, especially now that The Raven King is waiting for me to be read.
Perfect from start to finish. Find more of my books on Instagram View all 3 comments. They came in with the tide.
The moon illuminated long lines of froth as the waves gathered and gathered and gathered offshore, and when they finally broke on the sand, the capaill uisce tumbled onto the shore with them.
The horses pulled their heads up with effort, trying to break free from the salt water. I had to restrain the squealing, fangirly Maja and shove her in the closet so that the adult, critical Maja can sit and write this review. With The Scorpio Rac They came in with the tide. I promise never to doubt her again. Other writers might have different priorities, but for me, the chief goal of my novels is not plot or premise or pacing, but to evoke a certain feeling.
I will sacrifice most anything in order to change someone's mood in a certain way. I can't do that without careful navigation of metaphor and character development.
From Ms. This time, Stiefvater flirted a little more seriously with the fantasy genre and created an amazingly gripping story. People on the fictional island Thisby live and breathe for one thing and one thing alone: They are either directly involved in the races or they take care of tourists from the mainland. Even though the Scorpio Races are held only once a year, the heartbreak and the loss they inevitably bring are almost too big for one small island.
People die in the races. They die because they are too slow, too vulnerable or too ready to trust the monsters they are riding on. The capaill uisce may be stunningly beautiful, but all you have to do is turn your back on them for one short second, and their teeth will already be deep inside your flesh.
It takes everything in me not to whimper. The creature is black as peat at midnight, and its lips are pulled back into a fearsome grin. The ears are long and wickedly pointed toward each other, less like a horse and more like a demon. They remind me of shark egg pouches. The nostrils are long and thin to keep the sea out. Eyes black and slick: It still stinks like the ocean. Like low tide and things caught on rock.
Ever since, the three of them survive by fixing things for other people, making teapots, helping in the local store and doing anything at all to put some butter and flour in their mostly empty pantry. But when the oldest brother, Gabe, the only one with a steady job, decides to leave the island, and Benjamin Malvern threatens to take their house away, Puck sees no other choice but to join the dangerous race in order to save her house, and maybe even prevent her brother from leaving. Sean Kendrick lost his mother to the mainland and his father in the race.
Enormous talent and love for the capaill uisce made it possible for him to survive on the island, working for Benjamin Malvern and his obnoxious son Mutt. Sean has won the races four out of six times. This year more than ever Sean has to win the races because if he wins, Benjamin Malvern will finally sell him Corr, thus setting them both free.
Make no mistake: They are what matters, Sean and Puck are just tour guides. It is present, but the emphasis is on other things this time. The writing is atmospheric and it feels like a thick mist, albeit one you're in no hurry to get out of. The island itself is a character: The rich American downloader, George Holly, is there to remind us exactly how different the island people are.
Please follow the link above to find out more about Stiefvater's writing priorities. She is one amazing lady and she just keeps proving her worth over and over again with every new word she writes. View all 62 comments.
I don't even know what to say! View all 8 comments. May 04, Wendy Darling rated it it was ok Shelves: What could go wrong? As it turns out, quite a lot.
I feel just terrible writing this, and if you want to know just how much, it actually took me 4 months to make myself finish the book--partly because I wasn't engaged in the story, but also because I could sense that this wasn't going to be good reading experience. After the bruising my heart took with Forever , I really didn't want to write a second negative review for this author.
But I'm afraid my disappointment continues. The story centers around violent, flesh-eating water horses called capall uisce who are used in a race on the beach on the fictional island of Thisby every November.
From clues dropped throughout the book, it seems that the events take place sometime during the 20th century, though not in present day, and the choice to be vague about the location and time work well for the backdrop of the story, particularly in setting up the hardscrabble life, antiquated attitudes, and the pressing need for money. Puck Connolly is hoping to win enough money to keep her parents' house. Sean Kendrick wants to win his fifth race so he can download the horse he's come to love.
The entire island is focused on the race, both out of fear of the unpredictable water horses and out of desire for the material gains it may bring. I love the concept of this story, and some of the writing is very evocative. Unfortunately, the framework and plotting feel very loose to me, as characters wander in and out of scene to have meaningful conversations with one another, to posture and bluff, and to strain for glimpses of people or horses throughout much of the story, all without a whole lot of substantial action to back them up.
It takes a loooong time to set up Puck's entering the race with an ordinary mare, and a looooong time for the two main characters to meet. While I'm not a fan of characters who swoon all over each other as soon as they meet, I'm also not a fan of reading hundreds of pages in which not very much happens at all.
Well, there are a number of violent deaths of both human and horse randomly inserted into the story, but few of them were particularly affecting to me, as there was so little time setting them up or dealing with the aftermath that none of them felt particularly real. Aside from lack of action, however, I also had a number of issues with the writing.
I think too many authors use alternating perspectives these days, and it becomes a problem when the second POV adds little to the narrative and when the two voices sound so very similar. I had to flip back several times to figure out who was actually speaking, since they're both mucking around with horses and entering races and butting up against one obstacle or another.
Add to this an unfortunate tendency to repeatedly use both first and last name when referring to a character we've known forever as late as on the second to last page , chapters that are often too short, chapters that too often end on heavily meaningful statements, an incredibly annoying insertion of a name that sticks out like a sore thumb, and it all becomes a pretty frustrating reading experience.
My biggest issue, though, is that so much of this just did not resonate emotionally with me. There are plenty of justifications on paper for why Puck stubbornly defies tradition and why there is sabotage and so on and so forth, but I just didn't believe in it all enough to care. And being that I was willing to believe in water horses that kill people for no reason whatsoever, that's really saying something.
All in all, there wasn't enough here to keep my interest, though I know that many of my fellow Stiefvater fans have enjoyed it.
Shiver is still one of my favorite books of all time, but I've yet to read another book by this author that comes close to living up to it. Will I keep looking for a Maggie book that thrills me and moves me to the same degree? Sure I will. But with pages of build-up, 12 pages of the actual race race, and 12 pages of wrap-up, The Scorpio Races certainly isn't it.
Do I care, though? No, because every slow-paced page, every heartfelt and beautiful sentence, every haunting and atmospheric landscape, every inch of Sean's bloody-stained jacket and killer horse reminds me that if nothing else, The Scorpio Races has a soul , and I'm consumed by it.
I've been trying to put my thoughts into words for hours now, but it seems that The Scorpio Races joined the very exclusive club of the novels which mute my abilities to express myself. Puck and Sean's story is burned into my brain, though, twisting my perception of the reality around me, Thisby's landscapes forever ingrained in me. That's why I cannot, I will not leave this space blank and no matter how impossible it seems at this time, I'll try to do this wonderful book justice.
Sorry in advance if I don't succeed. The sky over Skarmouth is a dull brown, lit by the streetlights, but everywhere else is inky. How could I complain about the slow-pacing if I thought it was perfect for the story? I'll tell you, I can't. Is it subjective? Sure it is, and I understand the readers who were bored out of their minds. Yet I wasn't. Never at any moment. I demand, "Why is it that going away is the standard? Does The Scorpio Races revolve around the sea killer horses and the race taking place every year on Thisby's beach?
Sure, but if you think that's all it is about, you will be disappointed. Many readers pointed it, and they're right: What issues? The raw and frightening feelings one can experience when not sure if he - she - belongs somewhere.
Through Sean, Puck, Gabe, Finn's eyes, we witness different ways to answer the difficult question of who they really are and what they need to do to find happiness.
Is it staying, whatever it takes? Is it leaving? Is compromising themselves okay to reach their goals? As much as I personally find that the "coming-of-age" label is often misleading, in The Scorpio Races it rises to a whole new level. I couldn't be indifferent to their struggles, because as strange as it might be given the fantasy elements they felt real and heartbreaking and oh so moving. Beware of the harshness, though: If I sure didn't agree with every decision they took, none of her characters felt wasted and all of them provoked contradictory feelings in me.
Honestly, they're just so freaking amazing: Sean, in particular, made it impossible for me to not love him almost instantly: Now, tell me, what better compliment could I give it? For more of my reviews, please visit: It feels like he's confessed that he's dying of a disease I've never heard of, with symptoms I can't see.
The utter wrongness of it, the way it won't fit in my head, keeps coming back to me again and again, as if I've only just learned about it. The Scorpio Races is about man-eating horses, but it's more about finding where you belong. Here, two very different people try to hold onto the things they love most, even as their world spins around them.
Maggie Stiefvater's writing style is just a It feels like he's confessed that he's dying of a disease I've never heard of, with symptoms I can't see. Maggie Stiefvater's writing style is just as gorgeous as ever. She manages to fit so many emotions into such short paragraphs without having to tell anything. It's all shown. As is usual with her books, I only realized how invested I was in these characters when the book hit the conclusion.
These two leads were both well-crafted characters. Puck is strong and sassy and utterly believable. The relationship between Sean and his horse, Corr, especially slayed me. Even side characters like Finn are instantly believable with strong voices.
There's also a great romance between the two leads. No instalove to be found here— they go from reluctant friends to allies to something more. They fit together like puzzle pieces, and I love that— how they make each other better. I think every now and then about Sean's thumb pressed against my wrist and daydream about him touching me again. But mostly I think about the way he looks at me — with respect — and I think that's probably worth more than anything.
I've only recently begun to realize the importance of setting in books, and The Scorpio Races definitely benefits from setting. The island is at once rugged and wild and claustrophobic and terrifying and beautiful.
These characters love the island so much that even in moments of fear and terror, the island is lovely. I had such a vivid picture of the island in my head by the end. Essentially my only complaint is that this book takes too long to get going.
Yes, I love slow-build plots as much as the next person, and the slow-build plot works to its best here. But I still spent around half the book wanting things to just get going. Adjust your expectations— this story is a slow build to a brilliant conclusion, not a fast-paced ride. The ending makes every moment worth it, though. The last chapter genuinely made me cry.
What an emotional, perfectly-written section. That section alone gets five stars from me. She later goes to confession and notes how the church's confessional booth was built as an afterthought. As she confesses to Father Mooneyham, she tries to convince the priest that her anger toward Gabe is a sin.
The priest tells her to meditate on the story of the prodigal son and gives her some Hail Marys to say just to make her feel better. A mainlander named George Holly sees Sean tending horses on a Sunday rather than going to church and asks him if he's a believer.
Sean says he believes the same thing the churchgoers do, but he doesn't believe you can find it in a building. Holly later says he can feel God's presence when he's with Sean. Sean tells him to repeat what he said in a couple of weeks, after seeing dead bodies all over the beach. Sean later notes the hypocrisy of a Christian woman in town who has religious objections to dancing in the streets but not to races where men are killed. Other Belief Systems Puck mentions that her dad's religion was all about knowing the difference between want and need.
Pondering life and death at the funeral of a capall uisce victim, Finn thinks about his soul. Gabe tells him just to be decent, which is as good a religion as any type their parents had.
After someone dressed as an island goddess tells Sean to make a wish, he whispers his wishes to the sea. Seeing Corr in pain, Puck says she doesn't know if she can believe in any island god or goddess right now. And if she did believe, she could only assume they were cruel. Authority Roles The self-interested Malvern owns much of the town and exerts control over people like Sean and Puck. He watches out for his son, Mutt, even though he has little respect for the boy.
The men of the town, steeped in their traditions, use fear and threats to try and keep Puck from being the first female rider.
Gabe plans to leave his two younger, orphaned siblings to seek his fortune on the mainland. There are numerous bloody and disturbing images, demonstrating the brutality of the capall uisce. The water horses tear through human flesh and kill people. They trample humans, fling half-chewed body parts and snap off people's fingers with their teeth. They sometimes leave mutilated animals, such as sheep, on the roadside. The waters are often bloody. In a pre-race ceremony, riders cut themselves and make a blood pledge to ride.
Islanders believe if they give the island blood before the race, she won't take so much of it during the race. Several innuendos liken riding a horse to having sex.
A local woman flirtatiously pinches Holly several times while he's waiting in line. George is having a love affair with a blind islander named Annie. Characters make several references to breasts using the word tit and courage using the word balls. Alcohol: Puck finds her brother drinking at a local pub and chides him. She says their father hadn't wanted him to drink.
She reminds him he'd told Dad he wouldn't. Roles: The island men are angry when Puck enters the race, stating that having women on the beach racing reverses the natural order of things.
They bully and try to intimidate her. Even women of the island tell her that if she tries to be too much like the men, her feminine "mystery" will be gone, and men won't seek her out romantically. You can request a review of a title you can't find at reviewrequests family.