by Robin McKinley

Putnam Juvenile, $18.99, 404 pages

On Princess Sylvi’s twelfth birthday, she will be bound to a Pegasus – a beautiful creature that lives in her country and has formed an alliance with the humans. On the day of her binding, Sylvi is shocked to discover that she can talk to her Pegasus…something that does not come without consequence, readers who dive into Pegasus will learn.

I have to say that I was ecstatic to read this as McKinley is one of my favorite fantasy writers. Unfortunately, that elation did not survive through the length of the novel. This book is lengthy with too much description and not enough plot – which we only seem to get to more than 100 pages into the novel. The characters are good and I love the idea behind this story. However, I was left feeling incomplete as the story ends in what seems to be the middle of the conflict, I was disappointed. The redemption to this is that the story is so intriguing, I know that I’ll have to pick up the next book to find out what happens then.

This book is recommended for fantasy fans that like a good story and don’t mind being left with a dramatic cliffhanger ending.

Reviewed by Missy Wadkins