Maggie Stiefvater has been a technical editor, waitress and calligraphy instructor, but none of these suited her special talents for “talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas.” Writing, however, does. She is also an artist and musician. And her website gives you a far better idea of what she’s like than I ever can: there’s a link in the section below. Well worth a visit.
She writes: “I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about homicidal faeries. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither.” The Scorpio Races is about none of them: I can quite see that it might not be some people’s thing if you like by-the-fireside comfort reads and nothing else, but if not, The Scorpio Races is simply, one of my stand out reads of the year so far. It takes the water horses of Celtic legend, and sees what would happen if they were part of a more or less contemporary society. Humanity does not come of well in its encounters with these water horses.
So far, this is her one book to have a horsy theme (though I’m sure her others are equally fantastic and will seek them out). I hope there will be more.
Finding the book still in print
Links and sources
Maggie Stiefvater’s Scorpio Races website
Maggie Stiefvater’s website