Review of: Pegasus by Robin McKinley
Robin McKinley’s latest is a compelling story of two races — human and pegasi — bound together by an ancient accord. “Beacuse she was a princess, she had a pegasus,” the book begins, leading us straight into the story of Sylviianel (Sylvi) and, soon, the peagsus to which she is bound. At once a coming of age story, a piece of high fantasy, and an anthrolopological study of two races who can barely even communicate, yet maintain a symbiotic relationship, McKinley’s book covers a lot of territory. What it doesn’t do, however, is finish the tale: readers should be warned this is only the first half of a two-part story, so be prepared for a cliffhanger ending.
While the backstory is lengthy, and the complexities of the human-pegasus bond are tricky to put into words, McKinley makes up for these ponderous problems with wonderful characters, particularly Sylvi and her father, the king. While the plot fails to provide closure, having a fleshed out cast of characters helps a great deal to keep the reader engaged. I for one am greatly looking forward to the sequel, apparently due out sometime in 2012. Let’s hope McKinley comes through.