Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Review: Pegasus by Robin McKinley (ARC)

Title: Pegasus
Author: Robin McKinley
Published: 2010
Source: Received for Review
Rating: 

A gorgeously-written fantasy about the friendship between a princess and her pegasus

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. (taken from goodreads.com)

I really, really wanted to love this book. With such a beautiful cover and unique premise, I hoped that I would l enjoy the novel. There aren't many novels written about pegasi, and I was eager to experience something new. Unfortunately, Pegasus fell more than a little flat for me. 

In my opinion, Pegasus was more of a historical record than a novel. The plot was sluggish and, to be honest, boring. It also took long detours that covered the past few thousand years of pegasi and human history. Not only does the plot take forever to develop, but it also develops over four hundred pages. It took me forever to fight through the book. 

In the beginning of the novel, the protagonist Slyvi is an immature twelve year old. Then, without warning, the book skips ahead four years. Even as a sixteen year old, Slyvi came across as naive and annoying. I never bonded with her, and her character seemed as flat as a piece of paper. Lets just say she definitely doesn't make my list of favorite female heroines. 

I feel bad about listing off everything I hated about this book. To be fair, I can appreciate the imagination it took to create the fantastical lands of Pegasus. While I didn't enjoy the book, other more patient people may. It just wasn't what I expected, and I never got into the story. 

Overall, I'd say Pegasus might be worth your time. I regret spending weeks on this one book, but other readers might enjoy it. Give it a shot, if you want. Pegasus just wasn't my cup of tea. 

*I received this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.