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Pegasus (Pegasus #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  5,972 ratings  ·  1,201 reviews
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Sejak ribuan tahun yang lalu, setiap anggota kerajaan Basiland memiliki ikatan dengan para Pegasus. Ikatan itu ditujukan untuk mencegah terjadinya perang dan memperkuat aliansi antara manusia dan para Pegasus. Komunikasi antara manusia dan Pegasus selalu
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published August 2012 by Noura Books (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Amber I would say it is my favorite of the 5 or so Robin McKinley books I have read so far. The story is a little slow moving, as her writing style kind of…moreI would say it is my favorite of the 5 or so Robin McKinley books I have read so far. The story is a little slow moving, as her writing style kind of is, but towards the end it starts to pick up and reaches a suspenseful climax. I would recommend waiting until the next book comes out to actually read it though if you have a hard time waiting.(less)
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Tatiana
Nov 16, 2010 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dedicated McKinley fans
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, ya
UPDATE! 1/3 of A BOOK ALERT!

HALF A BOOK ALERT!!!


I thought I would get this out of the way first. Truly, there was not even an attempt to wrap up anything in this novel, not even temporarily. Pegasus ended mid-scene, mid-conflict, almost mid-sentence. It will be quite a laugh if McKinley never finishes this sequel.

Now onto the story itself. I was glad to be back to the old-school princess-fairy-tale McKinley, after the genre detour Sunshine was. If you ever read fantasy written by the author, y
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Cinnamon
This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.



There is a horse-drawn carriage rolling through a scenic meadow. The sun is shining; there are delightful fragrances in the air. The only catch is the you are the sweaty and straining horse, and the carriage you were pulling happened to be occupied by three rather large sombrero-wearing rainbow-colored elephants.

I admit, the sombreros and colors were unnecessary, but you have a vivid mental image now, yes...?

OK, so you're struggling to hau
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Krystle
This is the first book I've read this year and it's a major disappointment. For all the gorgeousness of the cover, it does not in any way make up for the lack... of everything I find within this book.

If a book takes me longer than two or three days to read (considering my busy work schedule), than that's definitely not a good sign. The first seventy or so pages of this book are atrocious to read. There is so much background information thrown at us that your mind cannot wrap around it at all. No
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Paradoxical
I liked this book, but that's not much of a surprise since it was written by McKinley and I tend to adore all of her books. The thing is, about Pegasus, is that if you're going in to read the story with an air of fast paced happenings and something very plot centered, then you're going to dislike this book. Reading Pegasus is more like the reader is being submerged into the world and the character's lives more than anything else. Oh, there is a plot, of course there is (and a wicked cliffhanger ...more
Sarah
I was pretty excited to read this book when I got it as a Christmas gift. Robin McKinley's been one of my longtime standby fantasy authors and I was looking forward to reading her latest work.

God, was I disappointed.

Another reviewer here commented that this book seems to end in mid-chapter and mid-sentence. They were not very far off. The book (all 300+ pages of it) feels like a long, extended and protracted prologue for another book down the line. We get tons (and tons and tons) of world-buildi
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MB
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Dorothea
Pegasus was readable, to me, but I didn't come away very impressed.

I did like it better than (my memory of) Dragonhaven and Chalice. It's less rambling than Dragonhaven (which isn't saying very much, but everything McKinley writes is rambling to some degree and I think Pegasus is in the high, but tolerable range) and it's less ... vague? than Chalice.

Structurally, "vague" and "rambling" are still good words to characterize Pegasus with. McKinley does most of her exposition by interrupting hersel
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Kate Copeseeley
I like the IDEA of this book, but the execution was lacking, which for me was a disappoint. Robin McKinley is a wonderful writer and one of my favorites, but her last few books have had something lacking. This is another case of that in a lot of ways.

First the good:
The world she describes is amazing. I loved the descriptions of the characters, especially the pegasi. I loved the protagonist and her family, they were all very sensible and down to earth for a royal family. I like the fact that the
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Jessica
A new Robin McKinley book is always a rare treat, and this is a treat with extra chocolate on top. Her writing is so elegant, it brought me to tears in places. This book is as delicate and beautiful as the brush of a pegasus wing across your face. She made me feel the brush of the pegasi's feathers, the warms of their silky hides. I could smell the grass and the flowers, hear sound of hooves and the crash of swords in the practice yard. I became so immersed in this book that all day since I've f ...more
ambyr
As a sourcebook for a roleplaying campaign, Pegasus was wonderful. I loved all the bits and pieces of material culture--the hai, the carrying harnesses--the rambles on linguistics, the description of how pegasi and humans are matched up and what happens when either side doesn't grow up to be who they're expected to be. I grinned at the brief, passing reference to homosexual pegasi. I liked that, as a princess, the main character actually had to participate in ruling the kingdom, and not in a gla ...more
meeners
i first discovered robin mckinley in 4th grade. i discovered her along with patricia mckillip (right next to mckinley on the library shelves!), lloyd alexander, tolkien, le guin, diana wynne jones, susan cooper, and more. looking back, i can see it's no wonder i became such an incorrigible bookworm! these are the authors that taught me to love reading, to love books, to love everything that books promised - fantasy books in particular: escape, adventure, wisdom, growth, love. these are the autho ...more
Sarah
I just got done rereading this book, so I'm going to re-review it too.

I adore Robin McKinely's writing, so it's going to sound weird when I say that I don't think she writes a very good sentence. Admittedly I read this as an unfinished proof, so maybe it got some veryvery late editing, but it seems like dear Robin has a tendency to let her sentences meander about and include disconnected ideas until by the time you get to the end you've forgotten about where you began. The chronology of some of
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Anne Osterlund
As a princess, Sylvii has been raised for the day when she will have a pegasus. The day of bonding. She’s been drilled: in the history of the treaty between humans and pegasi; in the language of the pegasi—a language so complex it still requires a magician interpreter; and in the manners which accompany nearly every state occasion involving a pegasus.

But no one prepared Sylvii for Ebon. The large black winged prince pegasus who steps into her life on the day of bonding. And talks. Fluently. In h
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Tadiana
I read this book when it first came out in 2010--Four.Years.Ago--and it just Stops! at the end in mid-scene, and I'm still waiting for the sequel to be published. That's it. I'm knocking a star off my rating. And if the sequel's not out next year, I'll take another star away. That'll teach Robin McKinley! Humpf.

I'm so dang tired of Robin McKinley's muses/editorial board/whatever it is she calls them, telling her what to write and when. Just tell them it's time already for the Pegasus sequel! And
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Monica!
My GOD this was a frustrating book! Really? Really, Robin McKinley? You couldn't even give your poor readers a *hint* that this sucker was going to end with a ridiculous, confusing cliffhanger? Or did your publisher just mess up and accidentally forget half the text when it was going to print?

(In retrospect, the "hint" was probably me thinking, "How is she going to wrap this up in the next 100 pages?" and "How is she going to wrap this up in the next 40 pages?" and finally "How is she going to
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Bookyurt
- From Bookyurt.com -

First off, thank god there’s going to be a sequel. The last time I was this worked up over an ending was Gail Carriger’s Changeless. If there wasn’t a sequel, I would be tearing my hair out. And Robin McKinley is a notoriously sequel free writer, so the minute I finished Pegasus there was a mad dash for my laptop. Everyone should know going in – it’s okay, the story will continue!

Robin McKinley has been a life-long favorite of mine. As a kid I was a voracious reader but I w
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Sillonna
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Sarah
Ok, first things first:

Do NOT read this book until the sequel comes out in 2014. Trust me.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book until the most abrupt cliff-hanger of an ending appeared. I love Robin McKinley's work as a rule, and this was one of my favorites. I loved the characters, and I especially love the way McKinley uses magic and/or magical things that cannot easily be explained away, or that make sense right away, because that's how magic is. I think the best way to describe this bo
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Carolyn
Oh, I really liked this one!

An engrossing read, a tale of two cultures and their difficulties in communicating, I felt the magic systems were done well, and really enjoyed the story as it unfolded.

You won't find many tropes in this one, instead you'll find a diplomatic king who is a wonderful father; older princely brothers who tease, but are all good fellows; the crown prince who is really a nice guy; the warrior queen who was such minor nobility that her becoming queen was never considered, a
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Ashley
I find it difficult to even give this book one star so I chalk up that one star for writing. The writing was good, I will admit--the descriptions were lush and scenic--but all together too long. This is not Middle Earth and I do not require a lengthy description about a land that is basically like every other mythical land in every other fantasy book.

The book centers around Princess Sylvi and her pegasus, Ebon. Nearly every member of royalty is given a pegasus on their twelvth birthday by crede
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CLM
Amusing that Amazon tells me fans of McKinley also bought books by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Marguerite Henry... that is taking in a lot of territory!

I am enjoying this as I enjoy everything Robin has written - wholeheartedly - but it seems to me she is telegraphing plot developments way in advance. Overall, however, there is much to like about this book (the descriptions of the pegasi culture and bonds with humans are rich and fascinating), although a page at the end with characters' names wo
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Miriam
90% description of the made-up zoology/anthropology of the imaginary flying horses of a rather vaguely depicted fantasy kingdom. 10% awkwardly forced plot.
Anila
They do say that 'forewarned is forearmed', and I may have gotten lucky: I went into this book expecting it to be slow and centered around worldbuilding. Lo and behold, it was, and because I was prepared I could enjoy it for that aspect.

I like food metaphors for books, and Pegasus is like spending a few hours at a buffet. You're going to be there the whole time, so you don't have to rush, but you want to- but gorging yourself only makes you feel bloated and uncomfortable. By which I mean that in
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Small Review
I truly am so disappointed I didn't like this book. I had never read Robin McKinley before and, knowing that is a travesty, I figured what better book to start with than Pegasus? Honestly, I was captivated by the cover. It is gorgeous. One of those covers I want to hang on my wall as artwork. It's stunning, and it's even more beautiful in person.

But a book is more than its cover, and unfortunately I found this book tedious. The narration constantly shifts from the present to memories of the pas
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Alicia
Loved this book's universe and characters, and the graceful, gradual way we get to learn about the kingdom, its history and anthropology, and how the human invader/exiles made a treaty with the peace-loving, enchantingly graceful but frail pegasi to fight against the fierce monsters that also wanted the beautiful green country. In honor of their thousand year treaty, important humans and pegasi are ceremonially and magically bonded (not married!) to each other when they're young, in the hope tha ...more
Elena
The best part of this book is the cover art, which is gorgeous. I could hardly tear myself away from lovingly stroking the cover in order to actually read it. Once I did, however, I found myself extremely disappointed.

This book felt like an author's early work to me. If I had read it without an author attached I would have assumed it was someone's first novel. The pacing was clunky, and all the historical flashbacks in the first third or so was awkwardly done and took away from the here-and-now
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Kayla
Gorgeously written? Hardly. This book was frustrating to read. It is normal for writers to veer off the point of their sentence to briefly explain something, but to write a whole book on constantly veering trains of thought? Was this book edited at all? I'm not a stupid reader but I certainly felt like one, reading this. I could have given it two stars because the plot was good, good enough for me to finish all 404 pages, but that would be because I was considering the cover art and the general ...more
Stephanie Jobe
Robin McKinley you are a cruel cruel hell goddess. A lifetime of stand alone books, Hero and Sword being the only ones truly tied, used to lull us into complacency to make the agony all the more bitter at the finish of Pegasus. I follow your blog; I knew that there was a sequel, a number 2 not yet out, and yet I somehow FORGOT and as was getting near the end was wondering “How is she going to finish… Oh Crap!” I nearly crumpled right there. So yes obviously I loved it. Okay the humans and the pe ...more
Becky
Jun 17, 2012 Becky rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
An avid fan of Robin McKinley, I picked this up at my library expecting good things. Frankly, after The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown, Deerskin, Chalice, ETC., I looked past the silly title, expecting to delve into an excellent story. However, the book fell completely flat due to one huge problem: it lacks a plot. Detailing the irritatingly mundane life of Sylvi and her pegasus, Ebon, the book only establishes their relationship and builds a world.

Studying creative writing in college, it h
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Laura Jennings
When I found this on the shelf at my library, I remember thinking "Oh my God, the characters can chew wallpaper and I will read this!" And, alas, while they don't do that outright, they come damn close to it.
I gave this an extra star because of its subject matter and how it was handled; the world needs more animal fantasy with this depth of world-building.
But there is a comatose level of conflict here. I'll settle for reading spoiler reviews to find out what happens in the sequel, because after
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Born in her mother's hometown of Warren, Ohio, Robin McKinley grew up an only child with a father in the United States Navy. She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously; she credits this background with the inspiration for her stories.

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