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by McKinley, Robin.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 9 copies
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Because she was a princess, she had a Pegasus...

Princess Sylviianel has always known that on her twelfth birthday she too would be bound to her own Pegasus. All members of the royal family have been thus bound since the Alliance was made almost a thousand years ago; the binding system was created to strengthen the Alliance, because humans and pegasi can only communicate formally, through specially trained Speaker magicians. Sylvi is accustomed to seeing pegasi every day at the palace, but she still finds the idea of her binding very daunting. The official phrase is that your pegasus is your "Excellent Friend." But how can you be friends with someone you can't talk to?

But everything is different for Sylvi and Ebon from the moment they meet at her binding--when they discover they can talk to each other. They form so close a bond that it becomes a threat to the status quo--and possibly to the future safety of their two nations. For some of the magicians believe there is a reason humans and pegasi should not fully understand each other...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It's been almost 1,000 years since the forming of the Alliance an agreement between humans and pegasi that they will live in peace and harmony. But as breathtaking and majestic as the pegasi are, a language barrier, only somewhat ameliorated by magicians, keeps them distant. That is, until 12-year-old princess Sylvi has her binding ritual with Ebon, her black, winged pegasus counterpart, and the two find themselves able to enjoy perfect telepathy. Their closeness shakes the foundations of the kingdom, and soon Sylvi is not only enjoying forbidden rides atop her pegasus but is also extended an invite of historic import: a trip to the pegasi's mysterious Caves. McKinley's storytelling is to be savored. She lavishes page after page upon rituals and ceremonies, basks in the awe of her intricately constructed world, and displays a masterful sense of pegasi physicality and mannerisms. The plot is very short on drama a villain, established early, vanishes until the final pages, and with him goes the suspense but an apparent sequel may add balance to the overall arc.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Leisurely in its pacing, but rich in language and character development, this lovely tale concerns young Princess Sylvi and her singular bond with her pegasus, Ebon. Humans and pegasi have maintained an alliance against their land's other murderous species-taralians, norindours, and rocs-over many centuries, despite an almost complete inability to communicate with each other except, with great difficulty, through the aid of human magicians. But Sylvi and Ebon are different. From the moment they meet, they form a telepathic bond, something that could be a boon to both species. The powerful magician Fthoom, however, seeing their relationship as both heresy and a danger to the magicians' power, has vowed to end it. McKinley (Chalice) does a wonderful job of developing the pegasi culture, particularly their art and largely gestural language, as Sylvi and Ebon's relationship grows over the course of several years. Because this is only the first part of what is presumably a two-volume novel, readers may find the book's inconclusive ending frustrating. Despite this, it's an enchanting fantasy that the author's many fans will love. Ages 12-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Pegasus (Greek mythology) -- Juvenile fiction.
Human-animal communication -- Juvenile fiction.
Princesses -- Juvenile fiction.
Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Pegasus (Greek mythology) -- Fiction.
Human-animal communication -- Fiction.
Princesses -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :G.P. Putnam's Sons,2010
Language English
Description 404 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780399246777
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