Monday, November 1, 2010

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

Pegasus by Robin McKinley.
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile.
Pages: 400.
Release Date: November 2, 2010.
Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, 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 it’s 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.
I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about Pegasus, and while I agree that it is a beautifully written book, it just wasn’t the book for me.

Admittedly, it confused me. A lot. This book kind of goes all over the place. One minute Sylvi is talking to somebody, the next she’s wrapped up in a memory of when she was a child. Had it been just a few times, it would’ve been easy for me to just read and get over, but the continuous flashbacks are so consistent that I was left dizzy trying to figure out where they started, stopped, what was going on now and what wasn’t just a memory. And at times, I felt like it was just telling me information instead of telling me a story. Almost like a textbook.

I did continue to read for the relationship of Sylvi and Ebon though. Even though I spent the majority of the book confused, their friendship leaped off the pages. From the second they became bound, their entire relationship seemed doomed from the start, but their care and desperation for each other was so gorgeously crafted. I couldn’t stop reading, if only to find out the outcome of their frowned-upon friendship.

Overall, Pegasus was a gorgeously written book and it’s definitely a classic in the making, but it’s not one that I enjoyed very much. If a sequel is released, I will give it a chance because Ebon and Sylvi are two characters that did manage to captivate me, even if the story didn’t. But I recommend this to historical fans and fans of the classics. I think this is better suited for you guys!

Other reviews for Pegasus:
Book Faery.
Reading Addict.
Dreams and Speculation.
Leilani Loves Books.

10 comments:

  1. Sorry the book didn't work for you.. sometimes great writing and a beautiful cover just aren't enough! Thanks for the honest review!

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  2. Thanks for the review the cover is gorgeous and I like Historical romance from time to time!

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  3. This books sounds absolutely bizarre to me. I don't even know if I'd attempt to read it.

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  4. I yet havnt read the book but by reviews and by the author i can expect a great story lloking up to reading it

    But in what era or year does it take place

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