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BOOK REVIEW: PEGASUS by Robin McKinley

2 Nov

First thoughts: “But this is only the beginning!”

I got this book exactly two months ago and I’m still twisting myself in knots about it. If you’ve read Robin McKinley before, you’re probably familiar with her open-ended endings. They’re usually full of unanswered questions and unexplored possibilities; one reason why her writing pulls me in. And at the end of every book I’m usually hoping that the sky will open up and a sequel will fall into my lap… and it never happens. So at the end of PEGASUS I was left feeling even more forlorn than usual when I read the last line and realized that this was the end.

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. (Goodreads)

When I read the last line my first thoughts were: But this is only the beginning! A reaction I’m used to having but never actually validating. PEGASUS ends right when the action begins to start. The entire book felt like an introduction to an even larger story and adventure. It reminded me of the beginning of THE HERO AND THE CROWN but instead of coming full circle it ends on the climax.

When I read the first line I was zapped into this word of winged horse-like creatures and Rocs, and I was reminded again of why I love to write. It reminded me that details aren’t always the enemy in this quick-read world. Even though I felt like the entire book was an introduction to the world and the relationship between Ebon and Silvi, I couldn’t put the book down when I tried. I was enamored from Ebon’s first line to Silvi, “Aren’t you excited, or are you just a dull stupid human?” And from there I fell in love with their world and their families. I can’t help feeling like there’s more to this story; I know there is more to this story. I’m just wondering if I’m going to have to leave what happens all up to my imagination.

EDIT: I just read Robin McKinley’s blog and a sequel has fallen into my lap! There will be a book II! So go read PEGASUS!

Favorite Book #2

15 Sep

The Hero and the Crown

by Robin McKinley

I was assigned to read The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley in the fifth grade and no one wanted to read it (including me). I was in that phase where I didn’t want to read anything assigned to me especially because I’d hated all of the previously assigned books. Everyone complained; the boys didn’t want to read a book with a girl protagonist and the girls were turned off by this cover on the right->

But once I started reading I realized its story was similar to many of the books I had been staying up late to read in the middle of the night. Aerin’s voice carried me throughout the entire book through royal lineage, a destiny, dragons, knights, mystery, and love.

The Hero and the Crown is one of those classic fantasy novels where the princess is itching to escape the castle and goes against everything that is expected of her.

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother-a “witchwoman” who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Left to her own devices, Aerin grew up wild, doing her best to live up to her reputation as the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn’t refuse (Amazon).