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Characters

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Sean Kendrick

Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Him AwaySean Kendrick is as cool as a sea cucumber. Any other kid who sees his dad get eaten by a capall uisce would swear off going to the beach forever, but Sean gets a...

Kate "Puck" Connolly

Cross FireWe're not sure why Kate goes by Puck—she's hardly a Shakespearean trickster. Maybe it has to do with her bad attitude that we always hear about, but never actually see. She describes he...

Finn Connolly

Merry MaidFinn is Puck's younger brother, and he's so loyal to his sister that we're surprised she doesn't lead him around with some reins like she does her horse. He makes a huge sacrifice for Puc...

Gabe Connolly

Abandon ShipGabe has all the recessive bad genes of the Connolly family. Lacking both Puck's determination and Finn's loyalty, Gabe decides to quit his job on the island and move to the mainland. T...

Matthew "Mutt" Malvern

Rabid MuttPoor Mutt. He lives on an island overrun by flesh-eating horses that come out of the water and eat people, yet he's the antagonist of the book. The horses might eat people, but at least t...

Benjamin Malvern

Mr. MoneybagsBenjamin Malvern is Mutt's father and the owner of the largest stable on Thisby. But he's barely a father, and he's motivated by a love for money instead of a love for horses. He's a m...

Corr

Corr BlimeyCorr is the Amtrak of capaill—fast, reliable, and hardly ever kills people. The capaill aren't like normal horses, though. Corr has "something in his eyes that the thoroughbreds will n...

Dory Maud

Tourists and TeapotsDory Maud is the owner of the shop Fathom & Sons, even though she has neither a last name nor any sons. She lives with her two sisters, Elizabeth and blind Annie, who also h...

Dove

A Girl's Best FriendDove is Puck's horse and her "best friend" (1.5). She may be peaceful compared to the capaill (could that be where the name Dove comes from?) but she's no My Little Pony. Puck a...

Gorry

Blood and GorryWe only see creepy Gorry in a handful of chapters, but he plays an important purpose in the world building of the novel. He's a man who captures capaill and rents them out to riders...

Skata

Don't Look a Capaill Uisce in the MouthNot if you want to keep your nose anyway. Especially Skata. Skata is the piebald mare that Sean suggests be thrown back into the sea early in the novel. She's...

George Holly

Holly BerryGeorge Holly is the American horse buyer who comes to respect Sean and wants to take him back to America with him. He tells Sean, "It's strange how I've come to feel friendship with some...

The Mare Goddess

A Good Head on Her ShouldersThe Mare Goddess makes her appearance during only one chapter of the book, and we never figure out who is in the Mare Goddess costume, though she makes quite an impact....

Other citizens of Thisby

Mince MeatA few other citizens of Thisby make an impact on Puck and Sean's lives. The most important supporting character is Peg Gratton, the butcher's wife. She has quite a few scenes, none of whi...
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