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Pegasus by Robin McKinley
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May 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads-entries, ya, wizards-sorcerers, shaman-spirit-guides, psychic-powers, monsters, fantasy, elemental-magic, mythological-beasts
Read from March 29 to April 01, 2011

I adored this book. Excellent world building, terrific characters, engaging plot, lots of action, and filled with magic and imagination.

Being short in stature and fourth in line for her father's throne, Princess Sylviianel (Sylvi) is glad that for her, life as a royal brings little responsibility and the benefits of pretty things and food that she enjoys. She is able to observe the trials and tribulations of running a kingdom without experiencing much impact upon her everyday life--not even from the increasing numbers of predatory creatures long absent from Balsinland thanks to the high walls surrounding their kingdom. Her aspirations are few and expects that she will perform minor duties upon adulthood and that one day she will marry.

However, Sylvi's life drastically changes with her twelfth birthday. Like all royal and noble children, she is to be bound with a Pegasi offspring. The Pegasi are small, delicate, winged creatures* who have the intelligence and willingness to communicate with their human neighbors due to a treaty signed between them hundreds of years ago. The Pegasi were hunted near to extinction by the vicious native predators (ladons, taralians, norindours, wyverns, and rocs) until an exiled expedition party of humans stumbled upon the Pegasi lands. The humans were awed by these intelligent and wondrous creatures with whom they were able to communicate via their magicians and physical signing. In exchange for protecting the Pegasi by hunting down the native predators, the Pegasi allow this party to establish a new kingdom

Much to Slyvi's chagrin, the elaborate binding ceremony is steeped in traditional speeches, protocols, and magic, which requires her to perfect her knowledge of Pegasi sign-language, memorize the required oration and actions, and be on her best behavior so as not to embarrass her family. Nothing in her training prepares her for the shock she receives during the ceremony, which sets off a chain of events that not only affect Slyvii and her Pegasi bondmate Ebon, but will change Pegasi-human relationships and send Slyvi on an exciting adventure.


*Edited to change Pegasi description as they are not winged horses in this series.
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