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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

great storytelling

No one can deny that Robin McKinley really knows how to write a fairytale novel. This one has plenty of action, a bit of angst, love and romance and loyalties and betrayals.

I was surprised though that it started out so slow for me. Maybe I've become a spoiled reader...
No one can deny that Robin McKinley really knows how to write a fairytale novel. This one has plenty of action, a bit of angst, love and romance and loyalties and betrayals.

I was surprised though that it started out so slow for me. Maybe I've become a spoiled reader, expecting books to just get right into the story. With Pegasus we get a build up, with some history and glimpses into the past before the story really takes off. However, this book is very well written. Robin McKinley is one of those writers that have a way with words. The story always feels polished and finished, never awkward. When I say it started out slow for me, it's the pace - the almost leisurely beginning. The plot is excellent and the storytelling is superb.

The main character is a princess, Sylvi whose family has been ruling within a land that used to be ruled by Pegasi. Hundreds of years ago, the two races came into an accord, a treaty. However, I don't think the two sides look at the treaty quite the same way...

Every royal member of the family gets bonded with a pegasus. The pegasi and the humans need a speaker, a magician to help them translate, since even with sign language meanings don't usually translate well between the two races. But when Sylvi gets bonded with her pegasus, she discovers that she can communicate with her pegasus without a speaker, and not only with her pegasus, but others.....and things become complicated from then on. Sylvi and Ebon, her pegasus, become real friends and do things together that haven't been done for hundreds of years, if ever.

A wonderfully written book - and yet I didn't like the ending. It was a rather sad ending. That's okay - it's not the authors job to write endings that I'll like, but an ending that rings true to the novel. And this ending makes me wonder if there are going to be other novels in the same world..... It's written well, the words and pages flow along.

Get the book - it would make a great Christmas gift for teens and adults - especially those who have a soft spot for pegasus and fairytales that don't always have a happy ending.

posted by rabidreaderWS on November 11, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I really loved many of McKinley's other books, so when I saw that she wrote a new one, I jumped on it. But I was terribly disappointed. The plot was slow and boring 90% of the time. I kept reading, in deference to books like "The Blue Sword," thinking that it just had t...
I really loved many of McKinley's other books, so when I saw that she wrote a new one, I jumped on it. But I was terribly disappointed. The plot was slow and boring 90% of the time. I kept reading, in deference to books like "The Blue Sword," thinking that it just had to get better. But at the end, I felt angry - the ending was awful, with no sense of satisfaction at all. In fact, I thought my Nook copy was broken, and that somehow there MUST be more to the story because that can't possibly be the ending!

posted by 3797785 on March 2, 2011

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    I haven't read Robin McKinley before. This one sounded interesting and the cover really drew me in. But sadly, I didn't enjoy this book nearly half as much as I had hoped. And I was sadly disappointed in the ending.

    I wasn't sure what to think of the human characters. I liked Sylvi for the most part. I think it's because she's a princess that she acts way older than her age. I really enjoyed her relationship with Ebon. I wish we got more of it. I also like Ebon because he was different in so many ways from the other Pegasi. But, I also liked all the other Pegasi that we get to know in this story. Their history and differences were really fascinating. I really liked Sylvi's father. He's regal and displays all the attributes necessary to running a kingdom, but I also liked the love he shows to his family.

    So were did the story fall for me? It was in all the details. I was bored beyond belief for the first 100 pages or so. There was too much information on the alliance and the history between the Pegasi and humans. There wasn't enough interaction between the two. I wanted a story about the relationship between humans and Pegasi, and not the reasons behind it. The last half of the book was better, but I still felt like the story was too complex.

    My last problem was the ending. I was just getting into the story around 300 pages or so and realized, I don't think this problem is going get resolved. And spoiler or not, I wish I had known before had that it doesn't. The book ends in such dramatic fashion that I flipped through the pages again just to make sure I wasn't missing something. I was not happy. Less happier still when I go online and realize that the author doesn't always write sequels to her story. I am happy to say though that a Pegasus II is slated for 2012 (according to the author's website). I'll read the damn thing because the author left me hanging so badly.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Loved it

    Took a little while to get into it, unlike other McKinley books i have read. However i ended up enjoying it after the background chapters were done with! I even wanted to scream at the ending because it was one hell of a cliffhanger!! I will definitely read the next book, as the world and chsracters McKinley created have captured me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Dont!!!

    WHATEVER U DO DONT GET THIS BOOK!!!the ending leaves u awestruck and wondering if there will be more. There wont! So just dont bother.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

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    It was an okay book

    This book was (and I hate to say this about a Robin McKinley book) mostly okay. Not great...just okay. It could be that I just didn't like where the book ended even though I understand that there will be a second book.

    Perhaps it was just me, but it seemed as if the characters did not think there would be a downside to their bonding with the Pegasus. And while I enjoyed the book, there was just too many unrealistic motives shaping the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    Predictable but enjoyable

    Did anyone not see the "twists" coming in this? The entire premise is incredibly predictable - even the cliffhanger wasn't really terribly exciting.
    Still, it is an enjoyable fairy tale (if you can get past the convoluted timeline and naming conventions), and I am looking forward to the next book. McKinley has always been a favorite when I am looking for a fairy tale.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Mixed feelings

    I think this book was really good, but the ending was unsatisfactory- it ended with a cliffhanger that is a little TOO good, if you know what I mean. PLEASE tell me if this is a series! It has to be a series...

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

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    too long

    the author seemed to use four or five pages just to explain one tiny prospect. i, personally thought it got really long in the beginning. i stopped reading in the middle because there wasnt really a plot.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    A little lost

    This book was fairly good, but in some parts I got totally lost in what was happening. There better be a sequal cause if there isn't then the ending was horrible. It got a little slow in some part and all the odd names and words made it hard to read.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    Where is the end?

    I loved this book - I was drawn in from page one. But I was disappointed that it has no real end. It builds up enormously, and then leaves you hanging. And the sequel? Not till 2012.

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