Gr 7 Up--On the island of Thisby, October is a time of mounting tension, as the great water horses descend from the sea. Fierce, fast, and dangerous, they are used in the yearly Scorpio Races. Riders must combine skill with luck as they fight to keep hold of their horse and avoid becoming one of the race's causalities in Maggie Stiefvater's action-packed, romantic fantasy (Scholastic, 2011). Sean Kendrick, a loner and sought-after horse trainer, has won the numerous times and plans on doing it again this year. However, things change when Puck Connolly decides to enter in the hope of winning enough money to save her home and keep her family together. Puck will not only be the first female to ride in the races, but also plans on riding a land horse. With odds 45 to 1, she faces the ridicule of the entire island and those that care about her fear her death. While first thrown together by circumstance, Sean and Puck soon realize that they share a bond with the island and seeing the other succeed becomes as important as winning the race for themselves. With English accents, narrators Steve West and Fiona Hardingham alternate the voices of Puck and Sean, adding an authentic rhythm to the text. Pacing and delivery is strong and pulls listeners into a world of strong imagery and fierce emotion. This will be in heavy demand in middle and high school libraries.--Rebecca Flannery, Lyman Memorial High School, Lebanon, CT[Page 59]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.