Pegasus by Robin McKinley Review

For over a 1,000 years Pegasus and humans have performed a bonding ritual when the child reaches the age of 12, to keep the peace in the land. Pegasus by Robin McKinley follows the bonding of Princess Sylviianel and Pegasus Ebon, whose bonding is different from any that has existed before in they can talk to each other without a magician to interpret. Sylvi and Ebon form a  close bond but both feel pressures from their respective parents to keep quiet about their bond.

Sylvi starts to realize that everything they thought they knew about the Pegasus is off and she struggles to know what to relate to others and what to keep quiet about. Palace politics start to escalate to limit Slyvi’s relationship with Ebon at the same time she is invited to be the first human to visit the Pegasus land. Sylvi becomes the first human to visits the Pegasus’ home but while she is gone the Palace politics jeopardize her very friendship with Ebon.

Robin McKinley has the unique ability of immersing you in the world she has created without explaining every detail. As the main character learns more about the world, the reader learns more about the world but we never know more than the main character. Pegasus describes the fantastical creatures in enough detail to give the reader a general idea of the description but leaves most of the details to the imagination of the reader. The relationship between Sylvi and Ebon is great and I loved how they snuck out at night to go flying together. If I had a Pegasus for a friend that is what I would want to do. The story felt like it drug a little when Sylvi was visiting the Pegasus but other than that I loved the novel. Robin McKinley has been one of my favorite authors since I was in high school and she doesn’t disappoint with PegasusPegasus was left wide open and I eagerly await the next novel.

You can read the first three chapters here.


Title: Pegasus

Author: Robin McKinley

Format: Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 400

ISBN: 978-0399246777

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Release Date: November 2010

Available for purchase:, Barnes & Noble

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way

5 Replies to “Pegasus by Robin McKinley Review”

  1. I LOVE this book. I bought it on an e-book reader, and didn’t have a chance to see the cover first, and now, I absolutley love this cover.
    When this book (if it hasn’t already) hits the libraries, people will be grabbing the book off the shelf by the second. I have to say, this is the best book I have read. Some people confess it is too jumpy in it’s flashbacks, and as I have heard, ‘written informationally’, I really disagree. I guess it depends on your taste of writing, but anyhow, I suggest you all give it a try! It is truly amazing.

  2. I’m requesting this for the library! I saw the cover and completely fell in love with it! I so can’t wait to read it, and does anyone know how long it takes for the book to come into the library after you request it?

  3. My Bff and I were looking through the book fair at school, and I saw this book, I knew I had to buy it! I begged my mother for money and she said yes! Pegasus is now one of my only ‘mantelpiece’ books on my bookshelf! I was not disappointed in anyway, and I now sit and hope that the next installment will be just as lovely, heart-trenching and utterly beautiful! Thank you Robin McKinley, you have done me and all readers a favor by publishing this masterpiece!

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