According to Maggie Stiefvater, she has been fascinated with the myth of the water horses for quite some time. She has tried to write about them before, but could never get the story right. It wasn't until after Stiefvater wrote the Shiver trilogy that she went back to attempt it again.
This time, success.
I loved the story of Sean, the boy who has won the Scorpio races four times. The boy who races for the joy and his love on a water horse.
And I loved the story of Puck (Kate, to those who don't her well) who must race to save what she loves.
And, though, Stiefvater may not think she has written their story, I love the story of the water horses. The majesty of their rise from the ocean and their drive to return. The violence of the races. The training days, the storm that brought horses inland, the race day.
And how can you not read a story who's first line is, "It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die."
Maggie Stiefvater says that she envisions The Scorpio Races as a stand alone novel. I hope not. I am not ready to let go of the story of Sean and Puck and the horses....