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Chalice Paperback – September 16, 2010
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And after a few books about dragons and vampires, McKinley returns to her old territory -- she spins up a vaguely medieval tale of a woodland beauty and a charred "beast" entirely out of her own imagination. McKinley's sumptuous prose and her depiction of a "living" land add an extra dimension to a straightforward little love story that drips with sweetness.
Some months ago, the decadent Master of Willowlands and his Chalice were killed in a fire. The new Chalice is Mirasol, whose duty is to fill ceremonial cups and help bind the land.
But then the late Master's little brother arrives from the priests of Fire -- charred black and no longer entirely human. Mirasol is determined to do the best job she can for the new Master, when she isn't tending a woodland cottage covered in bees. Unfortunately the land is still unsettled despite her joint efforts with the Master, especially since his strange behavior frightens his people.
In the course of her duty, Mirasol soon gets to know her new Master -- he's quiet, kind, worried about burning people, and confused by the world he had almost forgotten. But as he struggles to keep his land balanced, the Overlord begins to scheme to put a new Master in Willowlands -- one that will do whatever he wishes. With her role as Chalice and her power over bees, Mirasol must find a way to save her beloved Master...
You wouldn't think that such a slender novel could have such a richly imagined world, where metaphysical bonds link the Master and Chalice to the very land itself.Read more ›
This is a beautifully written almost poetical story, but if one is expecting the Robin McKinley of Spindle's End or The Blue Sword expect disappointment. The story moves gradually and repetitively. A skimmer will find this comforting, but the careful reader is left wondering if this book was sufficiently edited, or if the author was perhaps forced to expand from novella to novel length. There is little dialogue and a much of the McKinley wit we have all grown to expect and love is missing. Reading Chalice, it felt as though McKinley was getting in touch with her inner Patricia McKillip. Much is described, and most of it exquisitely and richly, but not very much actually happens. Please don't misconstrue, I adore McKillip, but it was a bit jarring to find her style coloring a McKinley novel.
However, one puts all expectations aside, Chalice provides a truly magical journey, leaving the reader satiated with imagery that lingers long after setting the book down. One's mind savors the flavor as one's mouth would the honey from Mirasol's chalice.
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You know that one author whose books you reach for when you need the equivalent of a reading hug? Or maybe it’s just one book, but the prose somehow exudes cozy? Yeah. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cecelia Larsen
This is another one of the books that my husband and I read together at the dinner table. (It was my choice -- he doesn't normally read much sf/fantasy). Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Book Slug
This was a quick read. It captured and held my attention. Robin creates rituals, moods and other worlds while eloquently binding the reader to the main character.Published 3 months ago by Susan in CA
This was like reading feast. I savored this book. So blown away that I am going to turn around and read it again.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good Robin McKinley. a fun read that I read straight thru. McKinley seems to do that to me. Unique premise that was well developed.Published 5 months ago by Robert Summers
Lovely read. A little bit different from her other novels but thoroughly enjoyable.Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Feight
I really enjoyed this story. It was like a coming-of-age story, with a hint of magic and honey intertwined in its words. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pauline Lao