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Because she was a princess, she had a Pegasus…
Princess Sylviianel has always known that on her twelfth birthday she too would be bound to her own Pegasus. All members of the royal family have been thus bound since the Alliance was made almost a thousand years ago; the binding system was created to strengthen the Alliance, because humans and pegasi can only communicate formally, through specially trained Speaker magicians. Sylvi is accustomed to seeing pegasi every day at the palace, but she still finds the idea of her binding very daunting. The official phrase is that your pegasus is your “Excellent Friend.” But how can you be friends with someone you can’t talk to?
But everything is different for Sylvi and Ebon from the moment they meet at her binding—when they discover they can talk to each other. They form so close a bond that it becomes a threat to the status quo—and possibly to the future safety of their two nations. For some of the magicians believe there is a reason humans and pegasi should not fully understand each other…
From Publishers Weekly
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Another Wonderful Read
Robin McKinley has produced another winner with "Pegasus". I bought and read it within 24 hours of release.
The characters are believable (which is saying a lot when many of them aren't even human) and rounded. The language doesn't degenerate to annoying faux-medieval like some fantasy authors use, but isn't obnoxiously modern, either.
As usual I disagree with the "Children's Literature" label; not that "Pegasus" is inappropriate for younger readers, just that it isn't dumbed-down and is just as enjoyable for us adults.
One of the many reasons I enjoy Robin McKinley is that she doesn't fall prey to the allure of the series, so I was surprised by the semi-cliffhanger ending. Then I looked at her website and blog and found that the story grew in the writing, so it is going to be split into two books. I hope the ending comes out soon, though!
Def was a great book, I just can't wait to know how it ends!!
Seriously awesome book. A must have.