I'm so glad I gave this book a chance. I'm not very interested in horses or races so I wouldn't have picked this up if it hadn't been written by Maggie Stiefvater. The water horses completely caught my attention from the begining. Stiefvater makes you love and fear the beasts just as much as the natives. The story was set on a tiny island, giving it a homey yet strange feel. The people were struggling and these dangerous races on deadly fae hores brought life to the harsh way of living. The characters are honest and earnest. Overall it was a great book to read and didn't feel over done.