Scholastic Press, New York, 2011, 409 pp.
Scholastic Children’s Books, London, 2011, pb 482 pp
A dark and occasionally bloody and violent fantasy about a race of water horses who live off the island of Thisby. Sometimes flung up by storms, and sometimes captured, the water horses are raced by the inhabitants of the island once a year, in the Scorpio Races. The race is notoriously lethal, particularly for the riders. Sean Kendrick has won the race twice already; he thinks he can again, but then Puck enters too, only not on a water horse, but her own unfit, ordinary horse, Dove. Sean and Puck should be rivals…