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Pegasus

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Description

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

Oct 11, 2010 – Leisurely in its pacing, but rich in language and character development, this lovely tale concerns young Princess Sylvi and her singular bond with her pegasus, Ebon. Humans and pegasi have maintained an alliance against their land's other murderous species taralians, norindours, and rocs over many centuries, despite an almost complete inability to communicate with each other except, with great difficulty, through the aid of human magicians. But Sylvi and Ebon are different. From the moment they meet, they form a telepathic bond, something that could be a boon to both species. The powerful magician Fthoom, however, seeing their relationship as both heresy and a danger to the magicians' power, has vowed to end it. McKinley (Chalice) does a wonderful job of developing the pegasi culture, particularly their art and largely gestural language, as Sylvi and Ebon's relationship grows over the course of several years. Because this is only the first part of what is presumably a two-volume novel, readers may find the book's inconclusive ending frustrating. Despite this, it's an enchanting fantasy that the author's many fans will love. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

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!

Must read!!!

Def was a great book, I just can't wait to know how it ends!!

Wow

Seriously awesome book. A must have.

Pegasus
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Animals
  • Published: Nov 02, 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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