Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Age Group: Young Adult
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.What could be better than a story about a girl and her pegasus? Maybe, Robin McKinley's story Pegasus where the girl and her Pegasus form an unheard of bond and can speak into each others minds. McKinley is well established in the fantasy realm and Pegasus is an excellent attempt to break into the YA world.
What I Liked: McKinley made the Pegasi her own. She created an image of them, beyond the stock white and blue Disney character, and made them real for me. I was able to appreciate the fragile beauty of their wing fingers and the soft tapering of their long faces.
Each Pegasi had its own personality, and though the focus was on the relationship between Sylvi and Ebon, there were obvious efforts to create characters out of the other Pegasi and the bonds with their human counterparts.
The world building is great! The human lands are extensive with a focus on Sylvi's castle home, but the best part if her trip to the Pegasi home lands and the Caves. There is an etherealism created by McKinley that makes their lands seem magically possible and that's what I appreciate in a fantasy novel.
What I didn't Like: The plot was interesting but it had some issues. It was, at times, hard to follow, and a little dry, and I found myself looking for something else to read. It kept me coming back eventually but the flow of the narrative didn't feel smooth.
The biggest issue was Pegasus as part of a series! It set itself up for a big plot and ended on a huge cliff hanger, only for me to pop onto Goodreads and see that Ebon (Book Two) isn't expected until 2014 (after being pushed back by two years), after Pegasus was published in 2010. It was very disappointing.