This book is amazing.
It surprised me with its amazing-ness. I went in, drawn by the horse and rider on the cover and that alluring title and the promise of water horses.
Water horses (Kelpies, aughisky, etc), are my favourite mythological creature. Forever and always. I've been in love with their myths ever since my neighbour first started telling them to me. He knew I liked horses.
I was five. It was great.
Now, nearly 15 years later, I was very, very pleasantly surprised by Maggie Stiefvater's depiction of them. It is perfect. Not perfect because it keeps to the mythology, word for word, but perfect in that it keeps with the idea: Water horses are fascinating and dangerous; Be careful. People die.
This was one of those books that I could not put down. When I couldn't read it, I was distracted by it. I'd find ways of sneaking in a paragraph here and there, entire pages during bathroom breaks.
It's that kind of book.
I can't wait to read her other ones.