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On the third day after Christmas my true love gave to me…

…three capaill uisce.

Sounds mysterious and cool, right? Capaill uisce, roughly translated from Irish meaning water horses. But these horses aren’t all fun and cuddly. No, they are the complete oppisite. These vicious horses will eat anything, kill anything that moves. Every fall, the capall uisce walk out of the water onto land at night, hungry and craving destruction. These horses can’t be tamed. Trying to train them is suicide.

Yet the people of the island of Thisby try anyway. Every November 1, people line up along the beaches for the Scorpio Races. These adrenaline-seeking, tradition-bound people take a week each year to train their own capall uisce. Some make it to the race. Others die that week. Merchants hide in the rocks at night to try to capture wild capall usice still high on the sea. If they’re lucky they might get a rope around its neck and attach some silver to it. That might stop it from swimming back in the ocean, but the horses carry tempers and grudges. Later, after the merchant sells the horse to a ignorant racer or breeder, the horse will strike out and probably hurt the innocent person.

But there is one person that can manage the horses. He seems to be able to talk the horses down from their temper tantrums, make them run in a deadly deadly race or catch them on the beach. He knows the secret to training the capaill uisce: they will always be wild. It’s expecting the unexpected that keeps him from getting killed. It’s his respect and fear that protect him from the wild horses. In a race that tests your wit and courage, everyone needs to understand that to survive.

Ready to brave the waters? Read the entire story in…

Title: The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: October 18, 2011

Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages

ISBN-10: 054522490X (Scholastic/Point)

ISBN-13: 978-0545224901 (Scholastic/Point)

Synopsis:

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 chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

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