McKinley, Robin

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylvi is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday, but the closeness of their bond becomes a threat to the status quo and possibly to the safety of their two nations.

Published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
ISBN: 0399246770
Branch Call Number: YA MACK
Characteristics: 404 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 30, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really like the plot and want to read the sequels (apparently it is one continuing story, but three books, sort of like Lord of the Rings). However, it was sometimes hard to follow. McKinley is a great writer and it was written cleverly, but I found it kind of disorganized. I am assuming she did this on purpose, but like I said, it made it harder to follow what was happening. I recommend it for fantasy and horse lovers.

Nov 01, 2014
  • kelidei rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story and story world are very good. But the book could have benefited from an editor's help. Specifically, the author has a tendency to linger over paragraphs in which the main character's thoughts goes in circles, which does not move the story forward and just bores the reader (who usually knows more than the character does). On that note, the Underlying Dilemma is very interesting, but the reader figures it out within a few chapters, while the character spends the entire book wondering if anything is even going on.

The book ends with an awkward non-ending. It seems as if the last dozen chapters were left out of the book. It would have made more sense with the addition of the words, "To be continued..."

Published in 2010 but here we are at the close of 2014 and there's still no sequel. Apparently if/when it is published, the title will be Ebon.

Sep 19, 2014

i love this book i got it for my birthday and i haven't put it down since!!!!

Apr 11, 2013
  • Blue_Dolphin_3oo1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing. I can't wait untill the sequal. Everything is in great detail and sounds amazing. I wish it could happen to me. At the end you have a cliff hanger that makes you begging for more. It's amazing.

Jan 08, 2013
  • Deppfan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The book took me a LONG time to read due to the off track thinking of the princess, she went off thinking about a certain topic and continued into grater depth for far too long that made it very confusing for me to follow. Another blocker in the book was the mention of the Princess' relatives who are not a part of the center story, the same with palace officals and ancestors who are confusing to follow because the book has no family tree or glossary. The locations in the book are hard also imagine, so many places of the palace are described that it's hard to follow without a visual map. The good point to the book is the characters. Sylvi minus her being to much of a thinker is an ok character. Her pegasus Ebon is sarcastic and hilarious. Sylvi's parents,tutors and oldest brother are all high supporters of her when she gets involved in being able to talk to Ebon. Not one of my favorite books but ok.

Aug 21, 2012
  • SuperRGK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

found it a bit confusing at times as the story was a bit staggered and the ending is a complete cliff hanger. hopefully the sequel will come out soon

Aug 13, 2012
  • Ventus279 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found it to be really entertaining until about halfway,where the story seemed to lag.The ending left me feeling like I just wasted 400 pages worth of time.I honestly hope the sequel will be a lot better.

May 30, 2012

Definitely one of my favourite authors. I'm so glad to find out that there's going to be a sequel! I've read others of hers that kinda left you hanging and there wasn't anything to follow.

May 03, 2012

Noooooooo! I hate cliff-hangers! It's a great book, but be prepared-the ending is a horrible! There's another book or two coming, but, boy! I'm still reeling from the end! Other than the ending, it's a great book! I'm really looking forward to seeing how the author continues it!

Mar 28, 2012
  • Caryn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Robin McKinley recently mentioned this is going to be a three-book book, not two. She'll have another book (Shadows, perhaps) coming out before No. 2 does.

Can't wait!

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