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Emily put her hand on the window and felt the glass shaking from the heavy peals of thunder cracking overhead.
Kate O'Hearn - Pegasus and the flame - c.2011 - pg5

Mythology and Reality collide! So the blurb on the back of this book tell me. The mythical winged stallion Pegasus crash lands on a rooftop in modern day New York, fleeing a battle which has destroyed much of Olympus. Emily, a teenager living on the top floor of that building hide him, bringing him food until his wounds heal, and keeping him safe. But the Nirads that caused his wounds won’t stop until they destroy him, and they have followed him from Olympus to our world.

Pegasus and the flame by Kate O'Hearn

Pegasus and the flame by Kate O'Hearn

First we had vampires, then angels were the big thing. Zombies also made an appearance, and this is the second YA book I’ve seen recently to feature Pegasus, is this a new trend?

I certainly hope so, cause horses are awesome and ones that fly are even more awesome!

When I was a child I devoured books, and especially books about horses, Black Beauty is the first book I can remember owning, and then there were all those Christine Pullein-Thompson pony books, and the likes of The Silver Brumby. If it had a horse I’d at least pick it up and give it a go, so, if I was a child now I would certainly pick this book up.

As an adult though… well, it is still entertaining, but you can certainly tell that it is aimed at children. Not that that is a bad thing in a child’s book though, so maybe that is a selling point. Likewise there are details that, well, aren’t detailed. Like who exactly the bad guys are, but there are to more books in this series so explanations may be waiting until then.

The characters are quite one dimensional, Emily, as the main character has a little more going for her, but she isn’t the most developed hero in the world. And her side-kick Joel is almost a tick-the-boxes angry kid with a heart and a tragic past. But you know what, it doesn’t matter. It is a well told adventure story with a flying horse! Come on, that’s just awesome :)

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5 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    Your enthusiasm for flying horses is extremely endearing, Fence. Oh, and I think it IS a trend, and I'll tell you why. In addition to the two books you've seen recently, just a couple days ago Torie had a dream about a Pegasus! Seriously, she did. Eh? Eh? TREND! Soon we'll be reading about zombie Pegasuses however, and who needs that?
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    • Fence says:

      That's it, I'm sold on the pegasii trend! Dreams means it must be true!

      Zombie Pegasus has a ring to it though… In Mira Grant's zombie books any animal over a certain weight can be zombified, and on one occasion there is a zombie horse attack. Not fun!

  2. Kelly says:

    Always believe in dreams because dreams always reflect reality. Just last night I dreamt that Viggo Mortenson was in my bathroom (true) and I'm expecting that to happen any minute now (true). Also, always believe in zombies.
    Kelly´s last blog post ..Oops, I think I dripped a little existential angst on your toe

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