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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I liked how they seemed to gain additional form xhalice substance as they grew closer and closer to the final test. She thinks paper is a wild extravagence.

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I hope that’s the case. His brother, a bad Master, died through his own ungoverned wildness; unfortunately, he was the older brother, and sent his younger brother away to the priesthood rather than listen to his advice. Robin McKinley has written a variety of novels, mostly in the fantasy genre. If you are phobic about bees – or honey – or fire – this is not the book for you.

If you enjoyed The Goblin Emperor; Ann Leckie’s Ancillary trilogy; or Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent, you probably have the patience, and the aesthetic sensibility, to enjoy the gradual and intricate unfolding of this book. The book opens with the arrival of the new “Master,” who, because he was given to the priests of Fire as robon young man, is no longer quite human.

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On the cbalice of the combat, she returns to the House, to see that the Master will be forced to fight with swords, and has decided that his demesne would be better off if he was killed. Mirasol has a common-sense, good-hearted approach that I admired immediately.


This was a really good story, very well told, as is the case in almost robn book written by Robin McKinley. I appreciate that it wasn’t the focus of the book, but it still felt a little rushed and neglected. Notify me of new posts via email.

The Master of the land is only somewhat human — haven been given to the fire priests years before. But it wasn’t merely the love story that felt so incomplete–every relationship in the book could have benefited from a few thousand more words of exploration.

There are only a few characters in this story and so it seemed that much more important that the ones I had make it through their challenges well and whole.

It’s an odd tale, dreamy and introspective, mkinley a little disjointed. However, her Master is different, since he has been chosen only since robim brother died, and nobody knows if he is quite human In Chalice, McKinley crafts a world in which the ruling class has a deep connection to the land and keeps the kingdom stable by using that connection to calm the land and encourage it to flourish.

Chalice is one of the finest fantasy novels I have ever read.

The earthlines speak to Mirasol, but her family has lived in the demesne for centuries, and many of the old mcklnley can hear the land. Sep 27, Merrie Haskell added it Shelves: The new Master, who was brother to the old Master, has been in training for the past seven years to become a Fire priest, when he is called back to the Demesne. By the time you reached the predicate, you forgot the subject-really the same problems as with her dialogues, but contained in each sentence.


And then the Circle come to Mirasol, to tell her that she has been chosen to be the new Chalice; and the Master she must learn to work with is a Priest of Fire, a man no longer quite human, whose touch can burn human flesh to the bone. Oct 18, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: The intrigue of it all was what got me through the story. I felt the book kept going from present to past in a way that was distracting.

View all 13 comments. A captivating tale that reveals the healing power xhalice duty and honour, love and honey. The pacing is slow, of course, but the world building is what draws me to Mckinley’s writing in the first place, so I shan’t complain.

Of course they will. The experience of reading it reminded me of reading Beauty. I remember being not sure what to think of it, the first time I read it, and initially giving it three stars. Retrieved from ” https: What kept me reading was the wonderfully original chalkce, and the compelling challenge that the Chalice faced. I still think it would be fascinating to see the Circle functioning I always rather suspected I’d reread this book, and now seemed like a good time, when I’m doing a lot of revisiting of other books.

Artifacts are not as important as magical intention.