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Pegasus por Robin McKinley
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Pegasus (edição 2010)

por Robin McKinley

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Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylvi is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday, but the closeness of their bond becomes a threat to the status quo and possibly to the safety of their two nations.
Autores:Robin McKinley
Informação:Putnam Juvenile (2010), Hardcover, 400 pages
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Etiquetas:fantasy, kid lit, early reviewer giveaway

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  5083mitzi | Mar 14, 2021 |
Rating: 95% (4.75 stars) ( )
  melonah | Jan 9, 2021 |
n their twelfth birthday all members of the royal family are “bound” to a member of the pegasi royal family. It has been so ever since humans first came to this land they named Balsinland, after the first king. The pegasi at the time were in danger of being wiped out, attacked by rocs, wyverns, taralians and other dangerous creatures. The Alliance with the humans was a decisive swing in the balance of power, and for thousands of years now there has been relative peace. But the pegasi and the humans cannot learn each other’s language, needing magicians to translate for them. Until now, when the fourth daughter of the king learns that she can speak with her pegasus, Ebon. But not everyone is happy about this. Some of the magicians think that this communication is a the Alliance. Against the interest of the people.

as I’ve said before flying horses are awesome. Even if, in this case, they aren’t really flying horses as all. They are still awesome.

But this is a very different book to O’Hearn’s Pegasus and the flame. It has proper characters and characterisation, no gods and goddesses, and brilliant world-building. It is also a lot slower to develop and in some parts I felt a little clunky.

But I still enjoyed it.

However, it is part one of a story. Pegasus II is not due out until 2014, and it ends on a cliff-hanger. I hate that! Especially considering that I didn’t know that before starting the book. I really think that publishers should be obliged to mention on the title page that this is a story that won’t be finished in this book. It should be a law or something. And when I take over, it will be!


There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, but as a whole I can’t really say that I loved it. Just a tad slow in the pacing at the start of the book, and I don’t think that the bad guy was threatening enough. I understand that Sylvi and Ebon were totally unusual, and their relationship was totally against many of the rules. But it never seemed threatening enough to be all that dangerous, and so that aspect of the story was lacking in tension. Even though it shouldn’t have been, because it is the central plot point.

So, all in all, a good, solid read, but more of a wold-bulding, establishing the scene sort of a book than an action packed one. I will be picking up the sequel as soon as I spot it though. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book. The world-building McKinley puts into this one is superb, especially concerning the culture of the pegasi. Having said that, however, I do wish there was at least some kind of plot to hang the whole book on. Nothing really major happens during the entire thing, besides the heroine's detailed trip to the unicorn country which is the most interesting section of the book. The first half goes by very, very slowly, with much exposition and many character introductions. It's here that McKinley sometimes falls into the trap of verbosity, a flaw I've found aggravating in many of her more recent works. But the second half of this one is so emotionally real with the special connection between Sylvi and Ebon that it's a flaw pretty easy to forgive. Even though I knew about the cliffhanger ending beforehand I still had to gasp at the final words of this first volume in an intended series. It made me immediately want to know what happened next. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel.

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  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
Robin McKinley’s novels are always received with great anticipation and expectation by her long-suffering fans, who have to put up with long delays, inconclusive endings, and the idiosyncrasies of the authoress. I can tell you upfront that this novel is no exception — it ends on a TERRIBLE cliffhanger, and almost makes me wish I hadn’t read it since the sequel is still a long way off.

The premise of this novel is that the native population of pegasi, under threat from predators, has made a treaty with a recently arrived band of humans, who agree to drive out the attacking creatures. McKinley provides historical context for the treaty between the humans and the pegasi, and though there are significant differences in the bonding relationship developed between individuals, many readers will instantly think of Mercedes Lackey’s “Companions.” All of this information is related through the studies of Sylvi, the young daughter of a diplomatic king, a soldier queen, and youngest sister to three princes. Sylvi is preparing to be bound to a pegasi on her thirteenth birthday, in a mysterious ceremony performed by the magicians, who are the only ones who can speak both to the pegasi and the humans. Sylvi finds this rather annoying, especially as she tries to learn the pegasi sign language in order to communicate with the other pegasi of the court. To Sylvi’s delight, she feels an immediate bond with her pegasi, Ebon, and is able to speak mind to mind with him; of course, the magicians are dismayed at this, since it threatens their prestige and position as mediator between the races. And as Sylvi and Ebon explore their new bond and its implications for their respective people, there are a number of people who are watching these developments closely and seeking ways to turn them to their own benefit.

Although I always look forward to McKinley’s novels, I have gotten to the point where I pick them up almost expecting to be disappointed. Her earlier works, especially “Beauty” and “Deerskin” are so well written that some of her more recent novels have been great disappointments. However, Sylvi is a curious, engaging character, and watching her relationship with Ebon develop is intriguing, especially as Sylvi begins to realize that the pegasi are people who have a history and culture and language, not just companions or subordinates to the humans. It is also fascinating to see the change in politics as power shifts amongst the pegasi, royalty, and the magicians. In particular, I also enjoyed seeing Sylvi’s change in thought as she experiences the foreign culture and begins to realize what it must be like for the pegasi to leave their homes and spend time in the human royal court. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
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