Study Guide

The Scorpio Races Loyalty

By Maggie Stiefvater


An important part of any competition, especially one that depends on survival, is alliances. Survivor may have popularized this concept of staying loyal to someone… until the time comes to proverbially cut their throat. The Hunger Games took the throat-cutting literally, and now the idea of being loyal up to a point (a knife point, that is) is in every story.

The Scorpio Races is no different. An intense competition such as this one forces people to choose sides even though it's every man and woman for themselves in the end. Surprisingly, the races don't end up tearing most of these loyalties apart; instead they bring them closer together.

Questions About Loyalty

  1. By leaving for the mainland, is Gabe being disloyal to his family?
  2. Is Sean loyal to Benjamin Malvern even though he hates his son?
  3. Is it possible for a capall to be loyal to a human being?

Chew on This

On an island as small as Thisby, loyalty is the most valuable currency. These are families that have been on the island for generations, and trust is priceless.

Any story about a man (or woman) and his animal of choice—whether it be dog, horse, or pig—is ultimately about loyalty. Animals might just be unconditionally loyal to their masters.

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