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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, you already know the key elements of her stories: meticulous, imaginative world building, a young, strong heroine who has to come to terms with her own powers and grow into her responsibilities and attain self-confidence, friendships with animals, magic, all accompanied by the most gorgeous writing. All of this was in "Pegasus."
The moment I opened the book, I was completely enchanted by the world McKinley had created and by the words she used to describe it. The centuries-old alliance between humans and pegasi, their complicated communications, binding rituals - all of it was so new, so unique, so detailed and well thought-through. And then the moment Ebon, the main character's Sylvi's bond-mate, entered the picture, I totally fell in love with this naughty, outspoken, mischievous pegasus. And the way MckKinley described Ebon tumbling into Sylvi's window, or spread his wings, or a tiny pegasus playing with Sylvi, it made me grin in delight. McKinley just has such a genius way with words, I can't explain it.
But (of course there is a but), as much as I loved the world building and gorgeous writing, it just wasn't enough for me. It wasn't that the book was light on plot, but like in all McKinley books, the plot was driven by the main character's internal struggles and growth.Read more ›
A note to the publisher-*PLEASE* drag a few pages of the second book out of Ms McKinley, and add them to future printings, or you are going to lose buyers of both this and the second book. This one appears to the unwary reader to be a standalone, and it is *extremely* disappointing, taking away much of the joy the reader felt in following the tale of the princess and her bondbrother pegasus. It is a good book, but greatly flawed by this omission, and the incredible lag till the publication of the second one. In my opinion, she rushed this onto the shelves long before she should have...1012 is too distant a date for the next book from this one.
1) Part One of a Two-Part Pair
2) A Cliffhanger book.
The trouble with Pegasus, compared to other McKinley books is that it is not a one-shot volume. This is shocking, because she never writes sequels. Every McKinley book ever has been a one-volume novel, even when related to other novels. That this has changed so suddenly has left many fans bewildered.
Does this make Pegasus less brilliant? No.
The world-building is intricate, perhaps because it is so very different from our own. The geography, culture, customs, history, it's all there, making this world believable, and real enough to step into. The characters, also, are fascinating. Sylvi and Ebon most especially, but also their families and enemies. There does not seem to be even a single superfluous character in the entire volume.
The narrative is a little different from normal-- because the world is so different, and there is so *much* to fit into each volume, some of it must be explained with flashbacks. Several reviews have mentioned disliking flashbacks, or finding it to be distracting, but I feel like they all served their purpose.
I really did love this book, and I felt like despite the lack of sword-waving and adventure, it was still suspenseful and fascinating. I look forward to seeing what comes next.
A recent Connie Willis book was split in two also. I hope that we can make publishers realize this is unacceptable. If a book is written with the intention of splitting it, then it can have a smaller arc within the series arc. Just chopping it in two, however, kills any momentum the story gained.
If I had known this was half a book, I would not have paid for it. Robin Mckinley or not, I don't buy half books. That is ridiculous.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Warning-- only half a book (and a slow one at that!). I consider McKinley's Beauty and The Blue Sword some of my favorite books ever, so perhaps disappointment is part of my low... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rebekah Robinson
I know that this is a young adult book, but I'm an avid reader and I loved it! It was such a charming story, and I got totally caught up in it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Incredibly well-written with complex characters, sub-plots interwoven throughout the major plot, and a rich history of two different peoples, I devoured this book with every spare... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aubrey Baughman
Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors, and Pegasus is quite possibly my all-time favorite of her books (even though it's now confirmed to be only 1/3 of the story). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Allison T.
While having an interesting storyline, the book rambles and then leaves ... unfinished. I'd tell you not to purchase this book UNTIL the author completes the remaining two books.Published 7 months ago by Camgal
Robin McKinley can write beautifully and has the imagination and skill to build worlds for her readers to visit. Read morePublished 7 months ago by P. M. Nesbit
Unlike some other reviewers, I fortunately borrowed this from the library.
Find this in paper first and read the last 5 pages. Read more
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