Look a YA novel for a spin. This is well worth it. This is a story of down on your luck people doing extraordinary things, with a bit of magic. The magic here is provided by the water horses of Thisby Island. These at times monstrous creatures come out of the sea, eat meat, and are fast as the devil. The Scorpio Races draw the best and the eager every year for the chance at fame and the prize it brings. Who will survive is the question?