Pegasus by Robin McKinley

A gorgeously-written fantasy about the friendship between a princess and her pegasus.

Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication.

But it’s different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can understand each other. They quickly grow close—so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo—and possibly to the future safety of their two nations.

First thanks to Miss Holly for allowing me to take part in her ARC tour of Pegasus.

I’m a huge fan of Robin McKinley‘s young adult books. I’ve stayed away from her adult books due to their content but have truly enjoyed the majority of her young adult books. McKinley’s book, Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty & the Beast, is one of my all time favorite fairy tale retellings.

When I had the chance to join an ARC tour for Pegasus I jumped on the chance. I knew that this was one book I would read so why not take the opportunity to read it sooner than later. I was drawn to its beautiful cover.

Robin McKinley has diverse writing styles. Pegasus was much like her book Chalice in the way it was written: very lyrical, poetic, descriptive. In Pegasus, Robin created a fascinating world full of history, magic, tradition, and mystery.

I love the relationship between Princess Sylvi and her Pegasus Ebon. I keep hoping that somehow a human and a Pegasus can have a relationship beyond that of bonding and friendship. Logically I can’t quite figure out how it would be possible, but Sylvi & Ebon are perfect together.

This is not a quick read. With 400 pages full of description and narrative and short on actual conversations, this was not a book I could read in an evening or even in a couple days. It took me nearly a week to read but I enjoyed every minute.

I didn’t realize when I started this book that there would be a sequel. The book ends quite abruptly with no resolution. I will be anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel to see what becomes of Sylvi & Ebon. Currently you can read the first 3 chapters of Pegasus on Robin McKinley’s website. The official release date of Pegasus is November 2, 2010.

Content: I can’t remember anything objectionable, no innuendo or sex, no violence, there may have been an instance of mild language but since it didn’t stand out I’m going to say this is a clean read.

Rating: 4 Stars – Recommended to fantasy lovers and fans of Robin McKinley.