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ISBN13: 9780399246777
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A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titles Beauty, Chalice, Spindles End, Pegasus and Sunshine

 

Maggie knows somethings off about Val, her moms new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he wont have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggies great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.

 

Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. Hes from Oldworld too—and hes heard of Maggies stepfather, and has a guess about Vals shadows. Maggie doesnt want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.

 

In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggies discovering the world will need both to survive.

Review:

"Leisurely in its pacing, but rich in language and character development, this lovely tale concerns young Princess Sylvi and her singular bond with her pegasus, Ebon. Humans and pegasi have maintained an alliance against their land's other murderous species--taralians, norindours, and rocs--over many centuries, despite an almost complete inability to communicate with each other except, with great difficulty, through the aid of human magicians. But Sylvi and Ebon are different. From the moment they meet, they form a telepathic bond, something that could be a boon to both species. The powerful magician Fthoom, however, seeing their relationship as both heresy and a danger to the magicians' power, has vowed to end it. McKinley (Chalice) does a wonderful job of developing the pegasi culture, particularly their art and largely gestural language, as Sylvi and Ebon's relationship grows over the course of several years. Because this is only the first part of what is presumably a two-volume novel, readers may find the book's inconclusive ending frustrating. Despite this, it's an enchanting fantasy that the author's many fans will love. Ages 12 — up. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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A "New York Times"-bestselling author and Newbery Medalist ("The Hero and the Crown") delivers a gorgeously written fantasy about the friendship between a princess and her Pegasus.

Synopsis:

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.

New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley weaves an unforgettable tale of unbreakable friendship, mythical creatures and courtly drama destined to become a classic.

About the Author

Robin McKinley is the critically-acclaimed author of numerous novels, including Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits (with Peter Dickinson), Chalice, Dragonhaven, The Hero and the Crown (Newbery Medal winner), The Blue Sword (Newbery Honor winner) and her adult novel Sunshine (winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature). She lives in England.

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The Eager Readers, November 6, 2010 (view all comments by The Eager Readers)
Robin McKinley's Pegasus is beautiful coming-of-age story about a young girl and the pegasus who becomes her dearest friend. In Sylvi's world, it is customary for every member of the royal family to be ceremonially bound to a pegasus of comparable rank upon his or her twelfth birthday. The pegasus generally serves as an ambassador-like companion, and the pair will attend most formal functions together for the rest of their lives as a symbol of the longstanding alliance between their cultures. Each pair is assigned a Speaker, a specially trained magician, who serves as a translator and interpreter. But even with the Speakers' aid, actual communication beyond formal pleasantries and rudimentary smalltalk has long been understood to be impossible between humans and pegasi.

So when Sylvi, the fourth child of the reigning human king, meets her pegasus, they are both shocked to find that they are able to hear one another's thoughts. Sylvi and Ebon's unique ability to communicate helps them form a friendship that could change the way humans and pegasi view one another forever. But will their friendship make the alliance stronger or tear their cultures apart? Pegasus is the type of richly-imagined fantasy novel that you can't help immersing yourself in, and I found myself thinking about it long after turning the final page. The characters are well-developed, the setting is intriguing, and the story is thoroughly engaging. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read the second book!

What I Liked:
- The world-building. I loved the way the differences between the human and pegasi cultures were revealed and explored. Although the two races have lived side by side for hundreds of years, the seemingly insurmountable communication barrier has kept humans from truly understanding the pegasi. I really liked seeing the details of both cultures revealed through Sylvi and Ebon's increasing understanding of one another.
- There may be magic and flying monsters in this book, but the characters all feel grounded and genuine. At the heart of this story is a sixteen year old caught in a difficult and pivotal place between two worlds. She is shy, self-conscious about her short stature, and frequently seems to find herself making mistakes in front of large crowds. But Sylvi is also compassionate and observant, and she has a strong sense of justice. She is very easy to sympathize with, whether she is nervous about her first big journey away from home or baffled by how much the world can change in a single moment. I am eager to see what the second book has in store for her.
- I loved Ebon and Sylvi's relationship. Their personalities are remarkably suited to one another. Both are curious and observant, and neither is afraid to question ideas their societies have accepted for centuries. The more they learn about one another, the more they begin to examine their own cultural histories. Sylvi is fascinated by the pegasi culture and some aspects of the book almost reminded me of a colonial love story between a European immigrant and a Native American.
- Even the minor characters in this book are memorable, and their relationships are all believably complex. I found myself growing attached to several minor characters, like Hirishy, Ahathin, and Hibeehea, and I hope to see more of each of them in the second book.

What I Wished:
- I wish the final pages of this book were less torturous. This book ends in the midst of a fairly traumatic development and almost feels as though it cuts off mid-chapter. The abrupt and unsatisfying ending is really my only complaint about this book, so I definitely look forward to reading the second half of the story in the sequel (which I believe is set for publication in 2012).

Pegasus is sure to please fans of Robin McKinley's previous novels. This book made me want to re-read a few of my old favorites, like Beauty and Spindle's End. If you enjoy young adult (or middle grade) fantasy novels like Shannon Hale's or Tamora Pierce's books, you will want to pick up Robin McKinley's Pegasus
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399246777
Author:
Mckinley, Robin
Publisher:
Putnam Publishing Group
Author:
McKinley, Robin
Subject:
Animals, mythical
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Mythical
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.28 x 6.4 x 1.36 in 1.36 lb
Age Level:
12-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Leisurely in its pacing, but rich in language and character development, this lovely tale concerns young Princess Sylvi and her singular bond with her pegasus, Ebon. Humans and pegasi have maintained an alliance against their land's other murderous species--taralians, norindours, and rocs--over many centuries, despite an almost complete inability to communicate with each other except, with great difficulty, through the aid of human magicians. But Sylvi and Ebon are different. From the moment they meet, they form a telepathic bond, something that could be a boon to both species. The powerful magician Fthoom, however, seeing their relationship as both heresy and a danger to the magicians' power, has vowed to end it. McKinley (Chalice) does a wonderful job of developing the pegasi culture, particularly their art and largely gestural language, as Sylvi and Ebon's relationship grows over the course of several years. Because this is only the first part of what is presumably a two-volume novel, readers may find the book's inconclusive ending frustrating. Despite this, it's an enchanting fantasy that the author's many fans will love. Ages 12 — up. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A "New York Times"-bestselling author and Newbery Medalist ("The Hero and the Crown") delivers a gorgeously written fantasy about the friendship between a princess and her Pegasus.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley weaves an unforgettable tale of unbreakable friendship, mythical creatures and courtly drama destined to become a classic.

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