Book Review: Pegasus

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Pegasus Pegasus by
Series: Pegasus #1
Published by in 2010
Pages: 404

Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pagasi, 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 its 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.

My Review:

Robin McKinley’s work tends to be really hit and miss with me. I have really loved some of her books, like Spindle’s End, Rose Daughter and Dragonhaven. But then it took me 3 tries to make it all the way through Deerskin and I still haven’t managed to make it through Outlaws of Sherwood though I’ve tried what seems like a million times. So the fact that I made it through Pegasus is a good sign.

It seems like recently McKinley has been going through the list of paranormals and working on her own version of them. I always love seeing her new look on something – her fairytale retellings are so fresh and new, and her recent tales of dragons and vampires are such interesting tales. Pegasus was in the same vein. No one has ever done pegasi, that I know of, and that fact made the novel unique in itself. She has a gorgeous imagination that she does a very good job of conveying. 

The main complaint I have with this one is the amount of world building she does. The novel was rather slow and hard to get into, and that lasted for more than half the book. In fact, I didn’t feel like the story really picked up 50 or so pages from the end and then it was over. I was frustrated that I didn’t really get the story before it ended. But I will definitely go read the second book, because she will have finished with the world-building and I can finally get to the real meat of the story.

Bottom line: I enjoyed the story, but I would have liked more story and less exposition. I could see how this might not be for everyone, but it is an interesting new view.

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