A New Favorite
This may be my favorite of all of Maggie's books. Written in her trademark lyrical melancholy style, this book is both dark and hopeful. The setting is amazing. Truly one of the book's characters. Puck is spunky and contrary and brave and isn't easily seduced by romance. Neither is Sean. I love how well-rounded the two of them are, and the slow bloom of their relationship benefits from that.
The plot is perfectly paced. It really isn't a story about water horses (which are freaky monsters, I kid you not). Instead, it's a story about courage, and hope, and figuring out who you really are and what you really need. All of that plays out against the backdrop of the Scorpio Races and the incredible horses. I was thoroughly fascinated the entire time.
I wouldn't liked a little more romance in the romance moments. A little bit of lingering. But at the same time, Puck and Sean aren't characters who can afford to linger on romance. Their relationship was both sweet and authentic.
I would recommend this book to anyone without reservation.