This book is beautifully written. There seems to be a lot of reviews that are comparing this to the author's previous work. This is the first book I've read from Maggie Stiefvater so I guess I had no expectations. It seems people either love it or hate it. Add me to the 'loved it' side.
The world building is exquisite. The island seems to be a main character in itself. The story is told from two points of view and both protagonists are strong and likeable in their own ways. I am usually annoyed about the cliched 'boy and girl compete and fall in love' but I found it didn't bother me as much in this story because it wasn't the main focus. While told from these viewpoints, the real story is about the horses. I found myself engrossed even though I wouldn't consider myself a "horse person" at all.
There are major complaints because there is a lot of build up and not a lot of action. The actual race doesn't take place until the end of the book. I had no problem with this. I loved the story and character building. It really is an enjoyable book.
I found the two readers, Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, added so much to the book.They really bring this story to life.
I absolutely adored this book! So much good character development and I literally held my breath at the end! I love an author that spends time making you really see their vision. This was a great followup to Maggie's Mercy Falls series. Thank you!
The love story between the main characters is very organic.
Sean - one of the two main characters, his story touched me a bit more than Puck's, but both characters are extremely likable.
Steve was very good. Fiona's voice was pleasant, but her cadence bothered me. Throughout most of the book she would say a few words and then pause and then say a few more with the end result being pauses where none belonged. I'm not sure what caused this because there were a couple of spots where she didn't do it. Both narrators had British accents and had to occasionally do an American accent for one character - both did a pretty passable American accent, although Steve's was slightly better.
There were several, but one of my favorites was when Puck and Sean rode Corr.
I thought the book started a little slow, but stick with it because it ends up being very good. There was something about the language that made it feel like the young adult book that it is, but it was still an enjoyable read for me as an adult.
Engaging story; great narration!
Please take my review as I want to write it and don't insist on more words, or I won't want to write anything next time
This is, without a doubt, my favorite love story. The mythos of water horses, the island, and the people who love them both is so rich and intriguing that the reader is enveloped in a world so complex as to be real. I want to see the Scorpio Races someday and see the children of Puck and Sean tearing up the sand below the cliffs in the chilly November wind.
I loved this book. I must say that I was taken aback by the violence and death in the first chapter, however the book was redeemed by the marvelous story, the sublime performances and suspense and action sequences. Very well done.
Description was great, story was inventive and Maggie definitely built a new and interesting world. The characters were interesting.
The story switched back an forth between the male and female characters this was a very nice surprise. There were two readers and I loved the way they told the story together.
I considered buying this book many times and hesitated because I am a senior citizen not a young adult! I needn’t have worried. The main characters are struggling with typical coming of age issues (although in very untypical circumstances) but, the story doesn’t bog down in them. I found the characters to be well developed with their own strengths and quirks.
This book was my introduction to Maggie Stiefvater. The book has an engaging plot that has been summarized by other reviewers. I really enjoyed her technique of switching points of view and yet still moving the story forward. I don’t know whether to give kudos to the author or the narrators for giving Puck and Sean their own distinctive mannerisms/speech patterns.
Given the plot, it is no surprise that there are some violent episodes in the book. However, the author did a good job of describing the situations without excessively gruesome details.
It is evident that the author understands horses and she keep me intrigued with her Capaill Uisge creatures. I rode horses every day for most of my youth, and after ‘reading’ this book I swear we had a Capaill Uisge or two in our stable.
The narrators were excellent. They pronounced the unusual words such as Capaill Uisge consistently and clearly. Their pace and delivery complimented Ms. Stiefvater’s wonderful prose so that I was reluctant to leave the Capaill Uisge world.