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On her twelfth birthday, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to her own Pegasus, Ebon. For a thousand years humans and pegasi have lived in peace, relying on human magicians and pegasi shamans to converse. But close friends Sylvi and Ebon can talk. As their bond strengthens, can their friendship threaten to destroy the peace between their nations?
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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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)
Gianna In all honesty, the book is beautifully written but the ending is not at all satisfying.

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Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: dedicated McKinley fans
Shelves: ya, 2010, fantasy


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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
April 2018 update: Robin McKinley has just posted a blog post here (including her typical multilevel footnoting, which is always confusing to me but cracks me up as well) in which she announces that yes, REALLY, she's going to start writing the second half - or perhaps middle third, she's not even quite sure yet - of this series, Ebon. Which is wonderful. BUT if you haven't read this first book yet, I still don't recommend reading it until Ebon actually makes its way into print, because (a) who ...more
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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
Feb 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Althea Ann
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
"My Little Pony" for smart girls.

But still.

I've read everything Robin McKinley has published, I'm pretty sure, and 'The Blue Sword' is in my top-10 favorite books of all time.
I was really excited to read this book - and it wasn't horrible, but it was rather disappointing and mildly annoying. I might have liked it much more if I were eleven.

In a far-off kingdom, for centuries, an alliance has held between the humans and the pegasi, who cooperate to fight off an assortment of evil and dangerous cr
MB (What she read)
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Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
That ending is horrible, and the fact that there might never be a sequel makes it even worse.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Kate Copeseeley
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Ashley Daviau
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m really right in the middle with this book. There’s things I absolutely loved and things that drove me quite mad. The concept was absolutely spell binding, it caught my attention right away and I’ve never read anything quite like it. I really REALLY loved the idea! But on the other hand, there were SO many things that drove me crazy! First off, the names of people and places are absolutely ridiculous and very hard to take seriously. Then we’re given names of monsters/wild beasts that threaten ...more
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
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Anne Osterlund
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! While I had minor gripes about the weird names (except Fthoom, that's the coolest name ever!)—and obviously the ending that left me hanging, but this is part one of two, so that's to be expected—I loved this book and I think I'll be buying it. This is one of my favorites by Robin McKinley, and that's saying something!

Update: My second reading leaves me far more impatient for the sequel than my first time through did. Ack!

Third-time update: I like this book so much that I almos
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
90% description of the made-up zoology/anthropology of the imaginary flying horses of a rather vaguely depicted fantasy kingdom. 10% awkwardly forced plot.
Rebecca McNutt
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't often read fantasy books with a Pegasus involved (for some reason unicorns seem to be preferred). Pegasus is a gripping book, sometimes too preachy but overall not bad.
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Robin McKinley was a favorite author of mine when I was in high school for her retelling novels of Beauty & the Beast, Beauty and The Rose Daughter. (Both of which are good, although I prefer Beauty.) I also liked Sunshine, a YA book she wrote several years ago that dealt with the darker side to vampires. So, of course, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read her newest novel.

Pegasus is a fantasy novel, through and through. It takes place in Balsinland where humans became allies of the Pegasi, a r
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rose by: Goodreads
Robin McKinley's "Pegasus" is the kind of story that you have to digest in small morsels in order for it to grip you in its vivid, fairy tale progressive storyline. It worldbuilds quite a bit in the distinction between its established realms, and for those who might expect direct clashes and conflict at every turn, it might not be to their preference.

Despite the rather abrupt ending, I really enjoyed it - it was the kind of fantasy tale that immersed me from beginning to end. I think it was easi
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Can I just say, I love the opening line?

"BECAUSE SHE WAS A PRINCESS SHE HAD A PEGASUS." So simple, yet so perfect....

Sylvi is a princess, the fourth child of the king, who when she turns twelve years old, will be bonded with a pegasus. This is a tradition that the royal family follows even after one thousand years from when the first human soldiers came upon the pegasi and ended up forming a treaty that both still follow. The pegasi were important in helping the humans defeat the deadly creatur
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Sylvi is the youngest daughter of the king. On her twelfth birthday she is ritually "bound" to a pegasus, as all royalty are. But for her, the binding is not just a rote gesture--she can actually hear the pegasus in her head! Everyone is shocked that she and Ebon can communicate, and the very idea shakes the magicians' guild to the core. Sylvi tries to find a way to bring humans and pegasi together, even as rocs threaten the kingdom and the head magician threatens her bond with Ebon.

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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.

Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books

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