Chalice [Robin McKinley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the. As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with. This may not be Innisfree, but Yeats would recognize the “bee-loud glade” within its pages. McKinley’s latest depicts vividly a rural world rooted.

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The opening sections then move back and forth in time, in the third person but limited to the point of view of the main character, Mirasol, who has been thrust into the role of “Chalice,” adviser to the Master and second authority in the “Circle,” the group of leaders who runs each “demesne” in the land.

Mirasol wants the Master to have his chance, but her only training is as a beekeeper. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. They blanket the combatants, kill the heir, and transform the Master back to near normalcy.

She has to pull together what she can out of instinct and old books to keep the estate from falling into chaos, or being taken over by a nominee of the Overlord. She can’t even be helped by the new Master, who, banished years before by the old Master, his brother, has gotten so far into his training as a priest of Fire th Mirasol was raised to be a beekeeper and to care for her family’s small plot of land, so she is completely unprepared when she is chosen as the next Chalice, the position second only to the Master of the land.


I’ve never read Robin McKinley before, and have always wanted to, the plot did sound like it could be interesting, and the cover picture nabbed my interest But his character got short changed. She has said, “I didn’t discover boys because they didn’t discover me, and because their standards of discovery seemed to me too odd to be aspired to.

Nonetheless, the task falls to him, as the new Master a position passed down by bloodline, previously held by his deceased and reckless brother. Then of course, there’s the honey they make.

I don’t know if it was my mood, but I just couldn’t get into this book. Fantasy tends towards the conservative anyway, what with the mcknley for a far away place and a long ago time that was greener and more magical and more “pure. Email required Address never made public. Lists with This Book. In Chalice McKinley portrays the land as alive and reacting to human events. I wish that the world would have made sense quicker and that the book opened with Chalice getting her calling.

Sep 16, Pages Young Adult. I did love the bees–that was the single robinn that reminded me of the McKinley I love so much in other books.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Chalices seem to always be female.

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And yet Chalice is whole in and of itself, a standalone fantasy chalicd in a world that feels bigger than the story, which is exactly the kind of thing I like. Chalice is no exception to the rule. Denouement is nothing to fear, Ms. Yet another iteration of Beauty and the Beast, this one with the Beast character even farther away, so we rarely hear him speak, just get pages and pages and PAGES of Chalice talking to herself about mkinley, and asking herself questions she couldn’t answer.


I loved Beauty and many of her other works.

There is a romantic sub-plot, which, eh. Sep 19, Lindsay rated it really liked it Shelves: What little action there is gets mostly fed in flashback form.

Chalice by Robin McKinley

People don’t generally come back from being priests of Fire, and the mkinley Master has to be careful about touching things and people lest he burn them. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Books by Robin McKinley.

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I felt that whole arc could have done with more careful development and better resolution. I think she is an excellent writer. They are larger than normal bees, they seem to understand the Chalice, and protect her, and they produce special types of honey.

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