Thursday, October 23, 2014
Audio Book Review: "The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater
I listened to the first half of this book on audio, and read the rest in print. I'm really glad I did this, because while I did get the feeling that this was set somewhere near Ireland or had Celtic influence (and it is based loosely in Celtic myth), nothing made that more obvious than the lovely accents of the two narrators: Steve West (Sean) and Fiona Hardingham (Puck). Having these two narrators really added to the enjoyment and the overall tone of the story for me . It also helped me figure out how to pronounce the native name for the water horse: capall uisce which is said something like CAP-all ISH-ka.
The characters are developed beautifully... even the secondary characters. But the pace and plotting are really the stars of this book. The scene is set with a quiet intensity and the events build and build the tension in such a masterful way. I was really surprised, honestly, because I did not expect something like this after the Shiver series (proof is that I haven't read it until now!). This is just on a completely different scale than that series. I am just kind of in awe, and cannot wait until the book club for younger teens reads and discusses this together!
The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
Narrated by Steve West & Fiona Hardingham
404 pages or 12 hours 7 Minutes