Hardcover, 404 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Putnam Juvenile
This is the first title by Robin McKinley that I have ever read, crazy right? The cover of this book is gorgeous in pictures, but even more gorgeous once you have the book in your hands and for those of you out there that collect books for their covers and bindings, this one won't disappoint.Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pagasi, 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 its 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.New York Times bestselling Robin McKinley weaves an unforgettable tale of unbreakable friendship, mythical creatures and courtly drama destined to become a classic.
This book can go one or two ways for me, you can either absolutely adore it or absolutely hate it and stop reading and go onto the next book in your to be read pile. I can understand both stand points and the reason why is because it reads much like a history book at first. Robin begins right away explaining the world in which we are about to explore and the history of the Pegasus and how the humans found them. I for one enjoyed the extra details and feel that it adds depth to the story, much in the style of Tolkien so I had no problem with it. This is high fantasy at its best right here, folks. The ONLY downsides for me is that we have to wait so long to get more of the story and the slight wordiness of the book, for some this will cause you to put the book down, but I love details and I have a similar writing style myself so it doesn't bother me one bit. Yes, there is a cliffhanger, yes you'll want to read more, but don't let that make you cross it off your list, this is definitely a good read and you won't regret it.
I give it four out of five book geeks.